Diploma of Construction Management (Z1X)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Cradle Coast
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

"Time to study can be a challenge, but the course feels like it's designed to be undertaken in conjunction with working – particularly full time, and there is flexibility and very open communication channels with staff for discussion if necessary."

Rebecca De Groot, Contracts Administrator, Fairbrother
Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
You’ve built a rewarding career in construction, now level up and take the next step with the Diploma of Construction Management. If you’re ready to get off the tools and hit the books, this practical two-year, part-time university qualification is for you. Learn the skills to take on roles like site supervisor, contract administrator, project management associate and estimating associate.

The Diploma of Construction Management offers an opportunity for employees in the building and civil construction industries to obtain the skills required to meet the projected workforce demands resulting from Tasmania’s significant infrastructure and capital works projects pipeline. You'll develop the knowledge and practical skills to manage small teams, and learn how to communicate clearly across the range of people who work in building and construction.

You'll also learn how to understanding and comply with legislation and codes and contract requirements, learn how to manage project costs, and discover how to take a proactive approach to work health and safety. The course will support you in developing good habits and skills for continual professional learning — the key to a successful and long-lasting career.

The course is suited to existing employees within the building and civil construction industries who hold a Certificate III in Building & Construction, or a Certificate III in Civil Construction, have relevant industry experience, and are looking to upskill into roles with additional functional requirements and higher levels of responsibility. The course is also suited to employees within city councils, utilities and engineering consultancy firms who are looking to develop professional skills in construction project management.

Funding assistance from the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) is available for eligible building and construction practitioners and their employees. Contact the TBCITB for details

  1. Apply problem-solving and decision-making methods to design solutions to complex construction project problems.
  2. Identify and evaluate continuing professional development and learning needs to monitor personal progress and performance outcomes
  3. Analyse and apply contemporary project management methods, regulations, standards and business processes to support the completion of construction projects.
  4. Describe and communicate why professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and an awareness of contemporary construction management practices are vital in project management.
  5. Analyse and apply communication methods appropriate to the professional context to elicit, interpret and transmit information and optimise workplace interactions to deliver construction projects.

Experiential learning and portfolio development is key to the Diploma of Construction Management. Approaches to Experiential Education components of each unit introduce the concept of learning through practice, by exposing students to authentic and engaged learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work and the workplace. Students are introduced to:

  1. Different methods of and approaches to professional practice,
  2. How issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership manifest in the workplace and;
  3. The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

Students will develop personal responsibility for, and autonomy in, building their portfolio of practice. This is reflected in educational plans developed in consultation with their Experiential Education Coach, the ADAT staff and each student’s employer. Experiential Education components are based on a range of approaches to practice; for example, projects, case studies and industry workshops. Across all units, assessment tasks are informed by contextualised discipline-based knowledge. The course structure also allows for experiential education to be integrated or interlinked into problem-based learning projects which span four terms of each year (negotiated industry-based projects).

Career outcomes

Developed in close consultation with industry, this course is specially designed for you to build on your technical work experience and prepare you for a variety of roles such as site supervisor, contract administrator, project management associate and estimating associate. These are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years*:

  • Business Administration Managers (12.1%)
  • Construction Managers (9.2%)
  • Construction, Distribution and Production Managers (6.9%)

Once you complete the Diploma of Construction management (Z1X), you'll be eligible to receive a minimum of 25 credit points towards the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C). You may also be eligible for credit towards other University of Tasmania courses, subject to the receiving College’s discretion.

ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Course structure

Completion of the Diploma of Construction Management requires 100 credit points including:

  • A Core (75 credit points)
  • Discipline Electives (25 credit points)

For assistance with the enrolment requirements for this course, please refer to the Course Planner (PDF 116KB).

If you are a new student needing help with your initial enrolment, please contact the Future Students team. If you are a continuing student, please contact UConnect.

This unit will introduce leadership, people management and communication skills and techniques to support effective interaction with construction people and teams, clients, contractors, suppliers and external stakeholders. You will learn and apply negotiation and conflict resolution techniques and communication mindsets…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with experience in applying techniques to prepare quotations and tenders, and cost planning as a means to control costs during a construction project. You will develop your financial literacy through applied activities; you will learn…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will familiarise you with the legislation framework, Australian standards and codes of practice for construction of buildings and civil structures. Key areas covered will include construction codes, work health and safety, Aboriginal and cultural heritage, and environmental legislation.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will examine commercial and organisational purposes of contracts and learn to identify key elements of a legal contract. You will learn how contracts are developed, applied enforced and interpreted in the context of the Australian legal…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will apply the processes of project risk management to construction projects to create authentic risk management documents. Project case studies for this unit will be negotiated with your employer or a local industry partner. You will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will learn project management concepts, tools and processes used in the formulation, delivery and management of construction projects. Your learning will focus on practical examples and incorporate analysis of construction project case studies. You will develop…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with an understanding of financial concepts, practices and tools used to measure and assess the financial performance of a business within the business operating environment. Throughout the unit, case studies, tasks and simulations will develop…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the principles and tools associated with contemporary Lean Thinking and practice. Lean Thinking or ‘lean’ is a systematic method of continuous improvement through minimising waste without sacrificing productivity, creating more value for customers. It has been…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will prepare you with the skills necessary to ensure organisational value for money through the procurement of goods and services. You will investigate procurement ethics, the basics of contracts, the process of developing quotation and tender documentation, evaluation…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Quality management focuses on the quality of physical products as well as services and processes, and how they can be improved. The principles and processes of quality management are the key elements that businesses use to respond to market and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Effective construction program management is fundamental to controlling resources across a company’s schedule of works, and delivering multiple projects and activities within a defined program budget. In this unit you will be introduced to common tools and methods for planning…

Credit Points: 12.5

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Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

This Diploma is only open to applicants who are currently employed in the construction industry.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS
Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education
  • Completed the TCE (or equivalent).
Domestic Applicants with higher education study
  • Completed at least one undergraduate unit (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points).
Domestic Applicants with VET / TAFE study
  • A completed VET Certificate III or higher.
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience

If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Prerequisites

Applicants must be currently employed in the Construction industry

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course is not currently offered to international students

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this Diploma if you:

  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at the University, from TAFE or another institution;
  • Are currently studying another Diploma at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed studies towards a Bachelor degree at the University or from another institution.

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Articulating into the Diploma of Construction Management will be in line with the University's standard application for credit process. Please see Recognition of Prior Learning for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the course. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 6 Admission, Assessment and Student Progress.

Students who complete the Diploma of Construction Management will be eligible to receive between 75 and 100 credit points towards the Associate Degree in Applied Business (Business Improvement or Procurement and Supply Chains streams). To receive the maximum amount of credit into the relevant stream, the following units must be completed under the Diploma:

  • Business Improvement: two from ZAA133, ZAA140, and ZAS231
  • Procurement and Supply Chains: ZAA133 and ZAA150

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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