Course Title: Communications for Built Environment Professionals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communications for Built Environment Professionals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Judith Callanan

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2644

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.8

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides a foundation in communication for property, construction and project management professionals in the twenty-first century.

The course examines verbal, written, face to face, and electronic interaction with an emphasis on effective communication in the workplace and the wider context of project management, construction and property. This is supported by a study of contextual issues such as organisational roles and structures, cross-cultural issues for a global workforce, and secure and private communication.

This course provides the basis for further development of your communication skills throughout your studies in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex  theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse stakeholders
  • PLO5: Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives
  • PLO6: Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. CLO1: Demonstrate professional communication skills in verbal and written forms
  2. CLO2: Select and apply appropriate communication channels and media
  3. CLO3: Identify the correct format and tone for diverse communication requirements in your chosen domain (property, construction management or project management)
  4. CLO4: Critically reflect on communication strategies

Overview of Learning Activities

Your ability to select and apply appropriate forms, formats and channels of communication will be developed through a variety of classroom activities that may include role plays, presentations and case analyses of organisational situations that are relevant to communicating in the property, construction and project management domains.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A range of learning resources will be available to you to support your learning, which includes a textbook, workshop notes and power point slides.

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 consists of:

Task 1: Individual work: You are required to critically evaluate your own learning style and then demonstrate how you will apply this knowledge to your future university studies, and career. You must also demonstrate and apply correct referencing style throughout the report. 25%. CLO1, CLO4

Task 2: Individual and group work: In class exercises are required to be completed in the allocated workshop time from weeks 2-12.  Individual presentations and peer reviews are included within the workshop time. The schedule for individual presentation, and peer review times will be provided on Canvas. 35%. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4

Task 3: Individual: You will be assessed on your ability to use Aconex, which is a software package that is a very important tool for technical communication in your chosen industry profession. Aconex certification including demonstrating your understanding of the application of the software is required. 10%. CLO1

Task 4: Group: You will demonstrate your professional communication skills by exploring and identifying the correct format and tone required for diverse communication requirements, including negotiations and conflicts within the workplace and personal situations.  This assignment heavily focuses on demonstrating the correct referencing style. 30%. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.