Course Title: Management and Leadership in Construction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management and Leadership in Construction

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17


Singapore Inst of Management


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Matthew Francis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3907

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.08.24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to key aspects of management and leadership in a construction environment. The objectives of this course are to develop your understanding of general management theories and their application in the construction industry. You will also develop your knowledge of organisational structure, leadership approaches and team dynamics and supply chain management.

Topics covered in the course include:
• An introduction to management theories
• The Australian Construction Context
• Organizational Structure and the contemporary workplace
• Contemporary issues: ethical behaviour and social responsibility; organisational environment and diversity
• Leading and managing change
• Procurement and project teams
• Communication and interpersonal skills

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Analyse management concepts and theories to determine the effectiveness of management of construction projects
• Determine how management leadership strategies enable organisational change
• Critically examine and assess how project team work and supply chain integration contribute to successful project delivery
• Critically reflect on the ethical and social implications of leadership strategy and decision making
• Formulate and apply appropriate management solutions to address leadership and management scenarios and issues

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply complex knowledge of construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences utilising diverse formats and strategies, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and responsiveness to the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through lectorials. You will engage in a range of interactive learning activities which include discussions, debates, case study analysis, quizzes, and problem solving exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A range of resources will be made available to support your learning including on line resources, journal papers and research report exemplars.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, to in-class tests, quizzes, individual and group project work, presentations, case study analysis oral and/or written presentations.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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