Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics


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Course Code: V14113
Start Date(s):


Study Mode:
  • Full time
Total Course Length:
  • Full-time: 2 years and 8 months. Delivery is on a trimester basis enabling accelerated completion.

Applicants who have completed Year 12 level studies (or the overseas equivalent),


English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (Academic), ISLPR 3, TOEFL 237 (CB) or 60 (iBT), PTE Academic Score of 50 (no communicative skill score less than 50), Cambridge English: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) of 47 or equivalent.

CRICOS Provider Code: 00012G


The Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics embraces the construction management and quantity surveying fields of study. These are generally considered to fall within the management disciplines and financial administration of building projects through
their life cycle.

This course utilises Problem Based Learning (PBL) which provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to operate effectively across a number of roles in the building and construction industry.

Qualification & Recognition

On successful completion of the 27 core subjects (ie a total of 192 credit points), students will achieve the Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics.

Students choosing to exit the program after successful completion of the core 19 subjects (Stages 1-6) will be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Built Environment) and will be ineligible to enrol to undertake the fourth year only of the Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics, Bachelor of Building Surveying or the Bachelor of Facilities Management. They will be eligible to complete a post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

Students may be able to shorten the length of their chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

Course Fees

For 2014: $21,600 per year ($7,200 per trimester)

How to Apply

Course Structure

The course comprises of 21 core subjects of 6 credit points each, 5 core subjects of 12 credits points each and 1 elective subjects, delivered in a trimester format (192 credit points).

Anatomy Of A Domestic Building
What is a domestic dwelling? What are its components? The footings, flooring and outer shell are part of the answer. How does it operate as a system composed of a number of sub-systems? This subject gives, in the context of a domestic building, grounding in building technology, an understanding of the structure and processes of the building industry, and an appreciation of the building process and products as systems and sub-systems.
Sustainable Building Services
Grasping the idea that a domestic or commercial building is a built system comprised of numerous sub-systems forms the basis not only of this subject but of the complete program. One of the major components of this built system is building services. These services are introduced in this subject as a series of sub-systems. Each of which complement each other to be part of the complete built system that is the dwelling or building. Sustainability is an important element in all facets of construction including building services.
Building Information and Communications Management
The construction industry involves many stakeholders. These include businesses, employers, professional associations, trade unions etc. Each of these stakeholders plays an important role in the efficient and effective functioning of the industry. Communication that is effective and appropriate is important to achieve this high level of functioning within the industry.
Construction Site Operations
This subject approaches the establishment and management of construction site operations on the basis that these operate as a system. The related components of construction site operations operate as subsystems. These subsystems include site information, surveying and preparation, establishment, amenities, protection, safety, management and construction sequence.
Total Building Performance
The concept of a building as a system is maintained in this subject. The building performance system provides the occupants of the building with a comfortable environment within which to work and live. The building performance system is divided into a series of subsystems including air quality, aesthetics, and space planning. The performance of the building is reviewed in terms of financial, functional and component/element perspectives.
Managing A Domestic Project
The practical reality of managing a live domestic construction project - the delivery of a single transportable dwelling in the context of a project-based client brief is the focus of this subject.
Professional and Legal Environment
Many aspects of the Australian legal environment impact upon the building construction sector. The professional bodies (AIQS, AIB, and AIBS) provide a framework within which industry participants can operate effectively within the legal framework. The ethical standards that apply to the building industry are examined as part of this subject. The relationship that exists between builder and client is examined as it relates to small business, fair trading, the Building Code of Australia, and the Domestic Building Contracts Act.
Anatomy Of A Tall Building
The concept of a tall building as a series of interlocking subsystems is the focus of this subject. Tall buildings are very different from low/medium rise buildings in terms of structural performance and erection techniques. The subsystems are examined as the construction progresses from sub-structure through to super-structure including services, components, construction methods, techniques, plant and equipment.
Measurement and Estimating
This subject introduces the techniques used by quantity surveyors and builders to measure and cost building works, and undertake cost planning and bid preparation. It also provides a contextual understanding of the importance of the construction industry to the national economy and the macro and micro economic concepts that influence the activities and impacts of the sector.
Managing Multiple Projects
Construction managers are responsible for the management of a number of concurrent projects within one or more sites. The basic project management techniques for single projects assume a significantly higher level of complexity when a number of concurrent projects, often at different stages, need to be managed and optimised within limited resources. The issue of quality management also becomes critical in the context of managing volume building activities. This subject provides the opportunity for students to apply existing and new knowledge and skills in the context of managing multiple projects concurrently.
Business Management For The Construction Industry
The business environment is integral to the building industry. Efficient and effective management of both small and large building business is important to success in the industry.
Building Maintenance And Refurbishment
Effective building maintenance and timely refurbishment of commercial buildings are important to achieving the full benefit of the life of a building. The impact of building codes and regulations (including BCA, AS) is considered. Maintenance scheduling and its impact on building usage are important to effective operation of buildings. The implications of maintenance and refurbishment on heritage buildings are also considered.
Health and Safety in Building
Health and safety are important factors in successful construction projects. Legislation reinforces the importance of these factors to the industry and its workforce. Risk minimisation is essential to effective health and safety implementation.
Community And Industrial Relations
Building construction is an activity that involves many stakeholders including employees, sub-contractors and the community. Effective management of relationships with these stakeholders and dispute resolution is crucial to successful construction projects. Australian industrial relations have a strong history of conciliation and arbitration as the basis for its processes. Industrial relations, human resource management, community consultation and dispute resolution are key issues for managers in construction activities.
Construction Law
This subject further exposes students to the theory and practice of law as it applies to business and the construction industry. Contract law and the use of standard forms of construction contracts are integral to the functioning of the industry. Property law also forms an important component in the legislative framework within which the industry operates. Professional practice and ethical behaviour is linked to the legislative framework.
Medium Density Sub-division And Development
The three streams of the project are drawn together in this subject and applied in a project based approach to a medium density sub-division. The topics covered include financial management, land and housing development processes, environmental and social impact studies, risk analysis, risk management, market research, management, community and industrial relations. These topics are applied to a real life and/or hypothetical medium density sub-division.
Sustainable Housing Development
Think Global, Act Local. This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply their understanding of global environmental issues and the principles of ecologically sustainable development to a large scale housing development. Emphasis is placed on independent research, a self-developed project plan and the application of existing and new knowledge and skills.
High Rise Development And Procurement Methods
This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply existing and new knowledge and skills to the management of the development and procurement of a hypothetical high rise building. Different procurement approaches used in contemporary practice are examined and evaluated.
Project Inception And Feasibility
This subject builds on basic construction and cost management knowledge and skills developing an understanding of the professional roles of construction managers and quantity surveyors/cost engineers during the project inception and feasibility analysis stage of a building project, and develops the skills and knowledge to contribute to this process at a complex level.
Buildability And Constructability
In this subject, students will develop an understanding of the concept of buildability/constructability and the principles that are applicable to the different life cycle stages of a building project. They will learn to apply these principles through the analysis of a building project and develop constructability implementation plans from the perspective of construction and cost managers.
Design Cost Planning
The subject takes a holistic approach to the needs of the project team for cost planning during design and focuses on the principles, skills and knowledge contributions by construction management and cost management professional to this activity. In addition, it focuses on the application of value management to the design stage of the building project as part of innovative design cost planning.
Enhancing Value In Project Procurement
This subject critically analyses conventional and innovative approaches to project procurement and enables students to develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professional construction and cost managers to formulating and participating in the different approaches.
Throughout this subject the structure of innovative procurement strategies based on partnering and relationship contracting models, including integrated design-construction models, public-private partnerships, forms of private financing arrangement are also analysed.
Improving Contract And Cost Management Performance
In this subject, students develop understanding and application of the principles of lean construction, re-engineering, total quality management, benchmarking and environmental management to contract and cost management of building projects during construction considering the cultural, technical, legal and organisational issues in relation to contract and cost management in particular those are involved in international construction level. They also develop strategies for the finalisation of a building contract to minimise disputation and maximise value for all stakeholders.
Building Evaluation: Costs-in-Use
In this subject students are expected to understand the role and responsibilities of construction and cost managers in decisions making that contributes to maximising the value of buildings in the operational stage of their life cycle. Students should also be able to prepare cost plans and schedules for buildings in use, including sinking fund schedules, tax depreciation schedules, insurance schedules, asset valuation, maintenance and refurbishment plans.
Risk Management for Construction and Cost Management
The steps in a generic risk management process include establishing the context, identifying the risks, assessing the risks and developing strategies to treat the risks through risk avoidance, reduction, retention or transfer. This subject covers these principles in the context of the professional practice of construction management and economics
Large Scale Mixed-Use Sustainable Development
A project based approach is used to study a large-scale, mixed-use, sustainable building development. The student will examine a range of issues including macroeconomics, environmental economics and large-scale economic investment, social and cultural diversity issues, cost benefit analysis and large-scale economic investments, risk analysis and management as they relate to large-scale mixed-use sustainable development.


Assessment comprises written assignments, exams and practical projects. Students are required to attend tests and examinations as scheduled by Holmesglen.

Career and Further Study Opportunities

Graduates may find successful employment within the building industry in areas as diverse as assistant construction manager, assistant superintendent, building inspector, construction
manager, construction planner and supervisor, contracts administrator, cost estimator, quantity surveyor, site manager, superintendent and project manager.

Learning Resources

The delivery approach in building and property degree programs is Problem Based Learning (PBL) therefore there are no specific learning resources for students except those we provide for them in hard and soft copy. These learning materials are developed by highly qualified professionals and academics.

Please note: This list of learning resources is intended as a guide only. Students are not recommended to purchase any textbooks or other resources until they have enrolled in their course at Holmesglen and been given a list of required texts by their teachers.

Teaching Methods

There are a range of delivery modes (teaching methods) such as face-to-face and online tutorials, self-directed study and private study using a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach and e-learning methods of delivery.

In tutorials there is a strong focus on active learning, interactive learning and facilitated learning activities which is very important within the problem-based learning delivery methodology. During tutorials a component of the learning trigger or knowledge and skills required for its solution is examined and discussed. Tutorials enable students to explore particular topics and concepts in detail.

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Program Code:V14113
Start Date(s):
Study Mode:Full time
Program Length:
  • Full time - 2 years and 8 months. Delivery is on a trimester basis enabling accelerated completion.
Program Enquiries:

+61 3 9564 1703

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