Diploma of Construction Management

Build yourself a hands-on career spanning domestic and commercial projects, from construction management to surveying.

Key Information

Duration

8 or 12 months

Intake Dates

March, June, October

Campus Location

Geelong Waterfront

Online

2022 Fees

A$23,000 ($2,875 per unit)

Domestic International

2022 Fees

A$31,160 (A$3,895 per unit)

Course overview

The Diploma of Construction Management prepares you with all the foundational and practical knowledge for the second year of your Deakin University degree and a hands-on career in construction management. Deakin’s unique multidisciplinary approach sees construction management and architecture students working together, giving them valuable real-world experience and an industry advantage.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree:

  • Construction manager
  • Estimator
  • Project manager
  • Quantity surveyor in a range of industry organisations, such as contractors, property developers and consulting firms, consultants in the property and facilities divisions of companies responsible for large property portfolios

Pathways to Deakin University

On completion of this Diploma you can pathway into the following degree at Deakin University:

Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

Course and unit outline

For further details about Diploma of Construction Mangement units, unit availability and trimester structures, please download the course and unit outline.

Course structure

Required units

Students are required to complete and pass 10 units.

SRA010 is designed for students to learn how to develop and maintain a safety culture within the University, including within the A+B workshop. In this unit, students will examine occupational health and safety procedures, controls and requirements for visits to building sites and other workplaces during their course of study at Deakin. Students will learn about fire safety and life safety principles and operatives, including site safety procedures in built environment. Students will also develop an awareness of building evacuation procedures, laboratory accident management and first aid procedures and safety work procedures particular to the A+B studio.

Assessment: Multiple choice test 100%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve a minimum mark of 70% in the test and complete the seminar practical session.

In SRE170, students will learn fundamental accounting principles and practices to financial transactions on building works and in construction companies. Students will identify how accounting is one of a number of systems which provide information to managers in the construction industry. Learning and assessment activities will focus on understanding financial statements, elementary financial analysis and cash management, taxation considerations including capital allowances, capital budgeting techniques and the obligations and cost of employing staff.

Assessment: 10% Multiple Choice test, Group research report 25%, Accounting report 25%, examination 40%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

This unit explores macro and micro economic concepts as they apply to the construction and property industries. Topics include the behaviour of the Australian economy, macro economic theories, tools and policies available to influence the performance of the economy, supply prices and output decision-making and structure, market fluctuations, price mechanisms, concept of cost, profit maximising, market structures, government intervention and regulation, consumer behaviour and labour markets. Urban economics, including land as a factor of production, land rent, land use problems, location decisions, urban growth, transportation and public intervention are also discussed. An introduction to business planning is undertaken.

Assessment: Essay 25%, group research report 25%, examination 50%.To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

Effective management of information is central to the success of construction projects. In SRM165, students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the concepts as well as hands-on experience with related information management systems and methodologies. The unit focuses on major aspects associated with adoption and implementation of information management systems for data creation, visualisation, usage and sharing on construction projects. Students will also be introduced to leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) packages.

Assessment: In-class Quiz 5%, Report (including application of software tools) 20%, Building Information Modelling (BIM) model development 30%, group BIM report (including presentation) 45%.

SRT141 provides the foundations for developing and maintaining a safety culture on building sites and other workplaces, and examines WorkCover requirements in accordance with the OH&S regulations and compliance codes following the Act of 2004, and occupational health and safety procedures and controls. Students will learn about fire safety and life safety principles, including basic first aid. Students will also learn about site safety and supervision of onsite operatives specifically with respect to site induction requirements and compliance requirements.

Assessment: Individual Hard report 10%, Individual report on construction safety 25%, individual online quiz 25% and individual report on hazard analysis 40%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must attain the OH&S Construction Induction card (White Card) in this unit.

SRT151 introduces students to construction processes and structural systems. Students will learn about the building elements that comprise a simple residential building, such as footings, flooring, walls, roofs, and internal fit-out. Students will also learn about different structural systems in use, such as brick veneer, trusses and waffle slabs. Students will consider the engineering requirements that bear on house construction, such as loads, forces, fixing techniques, and material properties. Finally, students will be introduced to domestic building processes, such as site preparation, temporary structures, scheduling, safety, management, fabrication, equipment, permits and codes.

Assessment: 4 x online quizzes 10%, technology portfolio 10%, group case study analysis report and presentation 40%, examination 40%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

SRT153 introduces students to the properties of materials used in a wide range of building applications. In this unit, students will learn about the chemical and physical properties and the procedures for selection of appropriate materials and their uses in buildings. Learning and assessment activities include the study of materials such as timber, concrete, metals, stone and ceramics, plastics and glass and the environmental significance of materials. Students will examine these material within the framework of sustainability and embodied energy.

Assessment: online quiz 5%, building material report 15%, material comparison report 25%, Innovative Building Poster 15%, examination 40%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

SRT159 focuses on residential construction in terms of technical and regulatory requirements for design and construction. In this unit, students will gain an understanding of how Australian standards, National Construction Code (NCC) and other regulatory requirements are used in analysing construction drawings. They will gain practice in preparing and using construction drawings and documentation.

Assessment: in class activity 5%, Group report on analysis of regulatory requirements 15%, report on analysis of construction plans and process 50%, group construction of a model with report and presentation 30%.

In SRT259 students will gain a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment of the Australian construction industry, National Construction Code (NCC) and associated standards for the construction of a range of low-rise buildings. Students will develop knowledge and skills in identifying, analysing and applying technical codes and materials standards in construction of low-rise residential and commercial buildings.

Assessment: Individual Regulatory assignment 5%, Individual report on regulatory compliance 15%, individual report on project control 30%, Group regulatory report and presentation 50%.

STP050 is a compulsory zero credit point unit in all courses in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. The unit learning and assessment activities provides students with guidance on what constitutes academic integrity.It will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and good practice principles to avoid plagiarism and collusion and thereby maintain academic integrity.

Assessment: Multiple-choice test 100%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a minimum mark of 70%. Three attempts of the online assessment are permitted.

Transferring to Deakin University

The following transfer criteria applies:

  • You must complete and pass all ten(10) Deakin College Diploma of Construction Management units. It’s not necessary to select particular diploma module options to map into degree majors. Although, electives are available as part of the degree itself.
  • You must achieve the required Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for your Deakin College Diploma.
  • The average includes ALL units attempted at Deakin College.

Australian and international students

WAM required for transfer

  Trimester Intake Geelong Waterfront Maximum Credits
S346 Bachelor of Construction Management(Honours)
(WF)
T1
T2
50 8

T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 Trimester 3 entry

* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria (Domestic students / International Students)

Learn more about this Diploma

Find out more about what you can expect from the Diploma of Construction Management course, directly from our staff and students.

Entry requirements

Australian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)
  • VCAL Senior completion
  • Completion of Cert IV and above
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Work experience - Mature Age only

Bangladesh Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bangladesh students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with GPA of 3.5
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Brunei Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Cambodia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Cambodian students:

  • Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

China Entry Requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) with 60%
  • Vocational Academic Program - 60%;
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Fiji Entry Requirements

The following is required for Fijian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 7 with a B in English and Maths and a pass in all other units, with an overall score of 240

France Entry Requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Baccalaureate with an average of 10

Ghana Entry Requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Minimum 5 grades C6 in Senior School Certificate Examination SSCE
  • West African Senior School Certificate WASSC

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong students:

  • HKDSE with 8 points across 4 subjects

India Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Completion of the All India Senior School Certificate with aggregate 58% or above. All education boards accepted.

Indonesia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indonesien students:

  • SMA III with an average grade of 6.5 in 4 academic units
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Japan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 3 a B grade average or a GPA of 3

Kenya Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • Completion of KCSE with a C grade average
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Korea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Korean students:

  • High school Diploma average D grade

Kuwait Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average in final results.

Laos Entry Requirements

The following is required for Laos students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Macau Entry Requirements

The following is required for Macau students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 75% average in 4 academic units

Malawi Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Malaysia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • 2 passes (minimum E grade) in STPM
  • Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a pass in 4 academic subjects
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Nepal Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 12) with a GPA of 2.4

Nigerian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nigerian students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Oman Entry Requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Pakistan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Pakistan students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate with a grade average of 55%
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Papua New Guinea

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 70%

Philippines Entry Requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with an 80% average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Saudi Arabia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Singapore Entry Requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • 2 H2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

South Africa Entry Requirements

The following is required for South African students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12

Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels or equivalent

Sweden Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Avgangsbetyg with a grade average of 2.5 and a 4 in English

Taiwan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 60% average in 4 academic units

Tanzania Entry Requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Thailand Entry Requirements

The following is required for Thailand students:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Turkey Entry Requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Successful completion of Lise Diplomasi with GPA of 3.0

Uganda Entry Requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

USA Entry Requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a SAT score of 1000

Vietnam Entry Requirements

The following is required for Vietnam students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with a 6.0 GPA
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Zambia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Zimbabwe Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

English Language Entry Requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.

Additional information

Your course timetable

Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne timezone, AEST). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. You can also expect between 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

Transfer guidelines

View the transfer requirements for the Diploma of Construction Management below. 

Domestic Students

International Students