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Diploma of Construction Management

  • Direct entry to the 2nd year of the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
  • Supportive learning environment provides the best possible preparation for Deakin University
  • Study on a Deakin University campus with full access to accommodation, support services

Key Information


8 or 12 months


  • March
  • June
  • October


Geelong Waterfront



Build a career spanning domestic or commercial projects, from construction management to surveying with this pathway to Deakin University’s Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours).

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, consultant in the property and facilities divisions of companies that are responsible for large property portfolios.

Course Structure

Complete and pass 10 units:

SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit point)

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.

SRE170 Construction Finance

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.

SRE270 Building Economics

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.

SRM165 Introduction to Building Information Modelling

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 Building Safety

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 Construction and Structures 1

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 Building Materials Science

SRT153 introduces students to the propertiesof 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 Construction Projects 1

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%.

SRT259 Construction Projects 2

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 Academic Integrity (0 credit point)

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.


Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne time). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. We recommend 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

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Second Year Entry to Deakin University*

Australian and international students

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

* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria

Diploma to Degree Mapping

The following transfer criteria apply:

  • 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.

Academic Entry Requirements

More Information

For further details about units and availability, trimester structures and more, please download the course outline below.

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