Course Title: Construction Planning & Process Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Planning & Process Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Professor Ron Wakefield

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3448

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to enable you to develop your professional skills in the analysis and design of construction operations. You will be introduced to production theory and principles which will underpin the development of your knowledge and skills in designing, evaluating and selecting alternative construction processes that improve productivity. Through your engagement in interactive workshops you will develop specialised knowledge of diverse approaches for undertaking the design and analysis of construction operations, including queuing, simulation, systems dynamics and petri nets. You will further develop the skills and knowledge required to analyse complex projects, including high rise construction projects as case studies. This course will develop your high level research, data gathering and analytical skills. You will also develop advanced skills and knowledge in creatively integrating theory, data and information to independently propose novel and leading edge solutions to construction process scenarios. The course will enhance your capacity for independent problem solving and the design of innovative modelling systems for construction processes. You will be able to identify and critique characteristics of construction operations and their design that contribute to productivity improvements.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Source and analyse relevant data and information on construction productivity using a variety of tools and techniques
• Independently and creatively critique and conceptualise the needs of a construction organisation and/or project towards productivity improvements
• Apply a construction science approach using production theory, principles, concepts and modelling systems to describe, represent and/or analyse construction operations
• Creatively integrate theory and practice to propose independently novel and leading edge productivity solutions to construction scenarios
• Apply expert judgement and autonomy to interpret, recommend and professionally communicate useful modelling systems to enhance integrated design and construction and improve construction productivity in real-world construction scenarios to specialist and non-specialist audiences at various levels within organisations

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will involve you undertaking lectorials, seminars, workshops and private study. This course is offered in face to face mode. You will attend Intensive Workshops and be engaged in interactive activities and group and class discussions. Learning activities are centred on your reading and understanding key theoretical principles based upon relevant set literature identified in the course guide in part B. You will also be sourcing additional literature to extend your independent problem solving capacity.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be required to purchase or access library copies of the course text.
The courses will be undertaken using reading resources identified for the course that are all available electronically from the library or from the required text book. You will also be required to source scholarly materials from the library electronically.
You will also be directed to notes and readings from MYRMIT

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks 

Dissertation 100% (CLOs 1-5)? 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions