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Bachelor of Project Management


All students in the Bachelor of Project Management are required to choose one major, which may be a Project Management major (below) or may be taken from Table S in the shared pool of majors for Undergraduate Degrees.

Built Environment

A major in Built Environment fosters development of knowledge and professional competencies in the areas of town and city planning, sustainable architectural design, including modes of building delivery and classification. Study areas include the design of building environments and technologies, its evolution, and how it shapes and is influenced by contemporary society. The major also covers understanding of the roles of architects, planners, urban designers and property developers in contributing to urban ecology and its impact on planning, property development and policy.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Built Environment major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of planning in shaping our towns and cities through time, and basic knowledge of formulating planning and urban design proposals.
  2. Understand and apply the architectural design process, including the programmatic, structural, material requirements, and limitations of a particular site, or city conditions, for a small scale architecture project.
  3. Communicate the role of planners, architects and urban designers in which the process of building the 'incremental' city is understood, from the site to precinct, neighbourhood, and city wide levels.
  4. Articulate the principles of sustainable design within the context of social, political and economic constraints at a range of spatial/temporal scales.
  5. Understand the various modes of building delivery and classification, construction techniques, material selection, appropriate detailing and energy and resources conservation.
  6. Perform initial construction costings and project feasibility reports outlining risks with mitigation measures.


A major in Construction equips students with knowledge of foundational civil engineering processes, design, tools and techniques such as surveying, and construction issues related to standard materials such as steel, concrete and timber. Study in this major develops one’s project management competencies, such as scheduling, project evaluation, and project and stakeholder acceptance in the context of construction projects. The project management capstone project allows the amalgamation of concepts and theories and the practice of these in a construction-focused context.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Construction major students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic science and engineering concepts in civil engineering and building construction fundamentals, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber.
  2. Understand and practice aspects in design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, embankments and other earthworks, hauling and associated operations.
  3. Develop familiarity with insurance and other forms of risk management and with occupational health and safety issues in the Construction Industry.
  4. Comprehend and relate to real-life examples the fundamental concepts in project appraisal, including financial and non-financial analyses for project ranking and selection.
  5. Apply project scheduling processes for construction projects including techniques for estimating activity durations and compressing project schedule.
  6. Communicate engineering construction concepts and issues clearly and concisely.