Course Title: Construction Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Management

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010


Singapore Inst of Management


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Offsh 1 08,
Offsh 1 09,
Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12

Course Coordinator: Dr. Frank Boukamp

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 1987

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 8, Room 56

Course Coordinator Availability: Tuesdays from 10 am to noon. Any other time by appointment. Send e-mail.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It will be assumed that you have completed BUSM3108 Project Management Fundamentals as this course will build on the concepts covered in that course.

Course Description

This course introduces students to construction management and builds on basic project management concepts to apply these in a construction context. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


The principal aim of the course is to equip students with knowledge and techniques that will facilitate the management of construction projects.
Specifically the subject aims to develop a range of construction managerial skills.

2. Evidence based practice

An ability to:-
2.1 identify a problem.

2.2 defend actions and outcomes logically, coherently and with reference to the techniques and methods used in practice.

2.3 put professional practice into a global context, adopting appropriate international best practices and standards at all times.

3 Problem diagnosis and solving

An ability to:-
3.1 resolve problems using sound problem-solving methodologies.

3.2 synthesise knowledge with professional experience to produce the best outcomes when faced with problems.

3.3 progress from simple data and information collection towards more detailed analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

3.4 apply self-discipline and independent thought to produce a practically-oriented professional outcome.

3.5 work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to positively contribute to professional outcomes.

3.6 utilise technology to assist professional practice and enhance decision-making capacity.

4 Communication

An ability to:-
4.1 communicate with a wide range of clients, authorities, professionals and other stakeholders.

4.2 ask appropriate questions in a manner that is understood by the other person, listen to, and use, the answer to properly and professionally inform the outcome or path of action chosen.

1.3 receive and synthesise information, from a wide range of people, to achieve an informed outcome.

4.4 identify and manage conflict situations and to negotiate an equitable outcome.

5. Strategic thinking and action

An ability to:-
5.1 adopt a professional attitude to thinking through problems, evaluating alternative actions and adopting the most defensible strategy.

5.2 adopt a strategic view where problems are part of a larger system, and where feasible solutions must respect the future goals and aspirations of numerous stakeholders.

5.3 link strategic thinking with operational action – to use holistic perspectives to inform day to day decisions and actions.

6. Socially aware and responsible practice

An ability to:-
6.2 apply appropriate practices and regulations in the work environment, including health and safety practices.

6.3 recognise and make informed judgments about the impact of professional practice on clients and the wider community.

6.4 recognise and deal with environmental, sustainable and cultural issues responsibly and ethically.

At the conclusion of this course students will be familiar with the management and scheduling of major construction projects as outlined in the teaching schedule headings.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course uses face to face lectures and workshop/tutorials to present various management theories and techniques. The workshops are used to apply the material presented in lectures.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT library has copies of appropriate texts at the Swanston Street campus.   Most of these library resources are available on-line.

Overview of Assessment

For any designated module in a course you must achieve:
• 50% overall,
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to assignment work,
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to class tests,
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to the final examination.
If you fail a module designated by the course guide, you will be deemed to have failed the whole course and will have to repeat it.