Construction

Bachelor of Environments

The Construction major teaches students to manage a large or small construction project from start to finish. You will learn through site visits and special presentations by industry professionals to deepen your understanding of real world practice.

This is an exciting and challenging time to be working in this field, as technologies are changing rapidly and our built environment has to respond quickly to difficult global environmental and resource challenges. You will learn through site visits and special presentations by industry professionals to deepen your understanding of real world practice.

Increasingly construction companies operate as a part of large project teams, where professionals from different disciplines work closely together to resolve construction and design objectives. This course has been specifically designed to prepare students for these challenges through elective options in architecture, engineering or urban design and planning.

Course Plans

The Construction major Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Construction major.
Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.

Commenced 2016

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

ABPL10005 The World of Building

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics
(Recommended) # **

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
(Recommended)

Year 1
Semester 2

Level 1 Environments elective (Governing Environments Recommended)

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
(Recommended) # **

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour
(Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

ABPL30055 Construction Management

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(Capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

# To keep options open, these subjects may be taken as breadth (in any year of study) rather than enabling.

** Students are NOT required to complete "recommended" subjects in order to complete this major.

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

ABPL10005 The World of Building

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
(Recommended) # **

MAST100012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 1
Semester 2

Level 1 Environments elective (Governing Environments Recommended)

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics
(Recommended) # **

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
(Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL30055 Construction Management

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio
(Capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour
(Recommended)

# To keep options open, these subjects may be taken as breadth (in any year of study) rather than enabling.

** Students are NOT required to complete "recommended" subjects in order to complete this major.

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points


Commenced 2015

Commenced Start-Year

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments or
ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ABPL10005 The World of Building

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics
(Recommended) # **

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
(Recommended)

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
(Recommended) # **

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour
(Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

ABPL30055 Construction Management

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

# To keep options open, these subjects may be taken as breadth (in any year of study) rather than enabling.

** Students are NOT required to complete "recommended" subjects in order to complete this major

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments or
ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ABPL10005 The World of Building

MAST100012 Introduction to Mathematics

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
(Recommended)

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended) # **

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
(Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL30055 Construction Management

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour (Recommended)

# To keep options open, these subjects may be taken as breadth (in any year of study) rather than enabling.

** Students are NOT required to complete "recommended" subjects in order to complete this major.

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced Mid-year

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 2 with VCE Maths Methods 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10001 Natural Environments or
ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
(Recommended) # **

Year 1
Semester 1

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL10005 The World of Building

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
(Recommended) # **

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

ABPL30055 Construction Management

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

# To keep options open, these subjects may be taken as breadth (in any year of study) rather than enabling. 

** Students are NOT required to complete "recommended" subjects in order to complete this major.

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing in Semester 2 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (study score of 27+) or equivalent.

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10001 Natural Environments or
ENVS10007 Urban Environments

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
(Recommended) # **

Year 1
Semester 1

ABPL10005 The World of Building

MAST10010 Introduction to Mathematics

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
(Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour (Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

ABPL30055 Construction Management

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 4 Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration Environments Elective Breadth OR
Environments Elective

# To keep options open, these subjects may be taken as breadth (in any year of study) rather than enabling. 

** Students are NOT required to complete "recommended" subjects in order to complete this major.

  First-year subjects   Enabling subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points


Commenced 2013 or 2014

Important information about prior mathematics study and your breadth options

Students intending to seek professional accreditation with further study in Construction are strongly recommended to complete certain breadth subjects in their Bachelor of Environments. See the Construction major Handbook entry for details.

  • Students without VCE Maths Methods 3/4 or equivalent (or VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 or equivalent) will not be able to complete all recommended breadth subjects in their Bachelor of Environments, as no more than 37.5 points of Level 1 breadth can be taken in the Bachelor of Environments.

See below for examples of course plans for students with different levels of prior study in maths.

Students may be able to undertake the subjects required for accreditation with further study in Construction. For further information about postgraduate study in Construction, refer to the Melbourne School of Design.

Commenced Start-Year

Sample course plan for students who commenced their Bachelor of Environments in Semester 1 with:

  • VCE Maths Maths 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent; and/or
  • VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis

(Recommended)

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20041 The Construction Context

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

Environments Elective

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour (Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL30055 Construction Management

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

Construction Cost Planning and Economics recommended

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Sample course plan for students who commenced their Bachelor of Environments in Semester 1 with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 (or equivalent)

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20041 The Construction Context

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

Environments Elective

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour (Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL30055 Construction Management

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Environments Elective

Construction Cost Planning and Economics recommended

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced Mid-Year

Sample course plan for students who commenced their Bachelor of Environments at mid-year with:

  • VCE Maths Maths 3/4 (study score of 25+) or equivalent; and/or
  • VCE Specialist Maths (study score of 27+) or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ABPL20041 The Construction Context

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 2

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL30055 Construction Management

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law (Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30044 Project Planning Studio

(capstone)

ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour  (Recommended)

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

(Construction Cost Planning and Economics Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects  

Free points

Sample course plan for students commencing at mid-year with VCE Maths Methods 1/2 or equivalent

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

MAST10012 Introduction to Mathematics

Year 2
Semester 2

ENVS10009 Structural Environments

ABPL20036 Environmental Building Systems

Environments Elective

ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics (Recommended)

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20041 The Construction Context

ABPL20042 Residential Construction and Structures

BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law (Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL20053 Concrete Structures and Construction

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour (Recommended)

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works

ABPL30055 Construction Management

ABPL30046 Structures and Construction Systems

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 4 Semester 2 ABPL30044 Project Planning StudioABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration

Breadth OR Environments Elective

(Construction Cost Planning and Economics recommended)



Pre-2013 students

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments prior to 2013 should refer to the B Envs Handbook entry for the year they commenced in conjunction with the current Handbook listings for Environments elective and Breadth subject availability.


Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Construction major

Students undertaking the Civil Systems major are not permitted to take as breadth:

  • any Accounting subjects - with the exception of ACCT10001 Accounting Reports and Analysis
  • any Civil Engineering subjects
  • any Economics subjects - with the exception of ECON10004 Introductory Microeconomics
  • any Engineering subjects
  • any Geomatics subjects
  • any Management subjects  - with the exception of MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour
  • Certain Level 2 and Level 3 Property and Construction subjects.

Refer to the Construction major Handbook entry for full details.


Further Study

Students who complete the Bachelor of Environments with a major in Construction with a 65% average are eligible to apply for the two-year professional Master of Construction Management.


Career Outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce and join the construction industry directly, or continue on to the fully accredited Master of Construction Management where you can pursue a specialisation and further your expertise.

Construction Management graduates typically work for construction companies both on and off construction sites. Their roles include planning and scheduling, construction economics, project management, contract administration, estimating and tendering.

This major has compulsory mathematics requirements.

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