Unit description

Introduces students to the history and scope of the broad discipline of construction engineering and to the major engineering construction materials, machinery and processes. Students will develop an appreciation of the elements of engineering construction including, safety, environment, managing people, logistics, planning, risk and economics.

Unit content

Topic 1: Sub disciplines of construction engineering and roles of the engineering and other site workers
Topic 2: Common construction materials and their advantages and disadvantages
Topic 3: Construction techniques, bridges, buildings, roads
Topic 4: Construction machinery and techniques for large-scale projects
Topic 5: Contextual objectives, constraints in construction including safety, cost, time, environment, community needs, sustainability, business needs, other stakeholder needs
Topic 6: Construction planning and tendering overview, roles and responsibilities, and managing risk
Topic 7: Bulk earthworks planning including cut and fill calculations, haul road timing and planning, machine selection, optimised production, capital plant operation, costing/estimating, tendering
Topic 8: Gant charts for planning construction works, including Microsoft project
Topic 9: Estimating quantities, alternatives, tender documentation
Topic 10: Managing people and working in a team

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Order Code: INF1364: InFocus Courseware, Microsoft Project 2013 Level 1, Watsonia Publishing, Bulleen, Victoria. ISBN: 978-1-921939-82-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hours (12 weeks)
Bid Directors Meeting 15%
Bid Directors Meeting 25%
Tender Submission30%
Bid Assessment30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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