This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the construction process from inception to completion. The focus on following the process through inception, feasibility and planning of projects differentiates this course from operational construction management. As a student you will experience a combination of structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage your innovation all of which are brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in built environment projects.
This course will enable you to appraise, analyse and evaluate the art and science of construction project management covering the areas of strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will reflect on and make cases for the integration of the technical (hard) and social (soft) management styles required within the context of strategic and operational construction projects.
This flexible course can enable qualification at post graduate certificate and diploma levels on successful completion of a requisite number of modules and credits. Individual modules may be used as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University and its partners.
Indicative modules studied include:
Strategic Project and Programme Management
Operational Construction Project Management
Advanced Project Planning and Control
Students will be exposed to construction project management at a strategic and operational level. This course will expand the horizon of the construction project into the inception, concept and feasibility projects that need to take place in order to ensure that the building project meets the needs and objectives of the client and the client’s business.
The historic nature of the built environment sector and its flexibility in the face of external change is approached with industrial partners who set the scene for research and understanding in areas of challenge and interest. Uniquely industry has the chance to set the agenda for study and to take part in the research and development within topics of interest and become part of creative and innovative solution.
This course will apply a balanced hand to the art and science of project management dealing with both the technical and the softer people related attributes of effective construction project managers. Work-based projects, residential courses and the opportunity to gain ‘badged’ training alongside structured learning and research enriches the experience of students and their employers.
Students successfully completing this course will be well placed to pursue their membership aspirations with a number of professional bodies including the RICS, CIOB and APM. During the course they will have opportunities to gain training qualifications with external providers such as CSCS.
Employment opportunities in construction project management may be found within both consultancy and contracting companies in the strategic and operational contexts of building and business projects in the areas of architecture, civil engineering, construction, services engineers, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, construction management teams.
The emphasis on the business planning, feasibility and planning stages expands the focus of the construction contract and opens up the possibilities for consultancy and operational management.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Appraise critique and evaluate the advantages of the art and science of effective and efficient construction project management within a variety of strategic and operational contexts.
Acquire knowledge through academic, industrial and practical research and apply solutions to a range of complex issues, adopting suitable approaches to problem solving and decision making.
Work, lead and manage within an effective team environment whilst analysing and recognising the contributions of individuals.
Apply numerical, statistical and quantitative skills within the planning and control of construction projects in order to evaluate key issues which impact on project performance.
Take responsibility for and organise your own learning through self-management and independent study and continue to advance your own knowledge and understanding, developing new skills to a high level.
Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of skills and media appropriately
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The Master of Construction (Construction Project Management) is one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. It will provide you with the sound management skills and techniques necessary for the successful completion of complex construction projects.
Your learning focuses on front-end general project management issues such as development, finance, planning and scheduling, contract and stakeholders management. This is supplemented by elective modules from other construction-related endorsements or schools according to your professional specialisations. The program provides both disciplinary and integrative education in the areas of constructability, costs, scheduling and ethics.
You will learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our lecturers and supervisors come from a range of relevant sectors such as construction, engineering, petroleum and IT. International participants feature strongly on all intakes, and the wide mix of expertise allows for you to have meaningful exchange and interaction at the postgraduate level.
The curriculum of the construction project management major is flexible to meet your unique study preferences and for your convenience. A full-time option is offered over one year, while the part-time option allows you to work while you study via block study mode, coupled with an interactive virtual learning environment.
The built environment affects, and is affected by many external influences. During this programme, you will gain a global perspective of the social, political and ethical influences on construction and learn how to overlay these in your decision-making process.
Your learning takes place in an environment of diversity, integrity and transparency. The environment replicates, and reflects the standards of the construction management profession itself. You will learn how to lead relevant local, national, and global outreach and engagement to optimise benefits to the industry and community.
The skills you learn will make you a valuable resource for local communities, the New Zealand economy, the construction management profession and the built environment. You will be on the path to achieve national and international pre-eminence in innovation, discovery and creativity
This degree is 120 credits, meaning you can complete in only one year full time. You can enter this programme if you have an approved four year degree, a three year degree and a postgraduate diploma, or a three year degree and two years relevant work experience.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.
This is a fast-track conversion course for first degree holders from an unrelated disciplines and existing practitioners who want to become a Chartered Surveyors through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB
Throughout the course you develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of issues and subjects relevant to your chosen field for study and your personal, interpersonal and professional skills and capabilities, including those of self-direction and self-management. You develop the skills to operate as independent reflective practitioners and you gain transferable and specific vocational skills, which can be used to gain professional employment in a rapidly changing environment.
On the course you strengthen your knowledge of theory, contracts and practice through activities such as case studies and simulations. You also complete an individual in-depth dissertation that requires a critical and evaluative approach to professional practice and theory. Through your dissertation you complete technical and professional tasks, and apply contractual solutions, while drawing on your developing knowledge.
You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques which allow you to work on complex, professional briefs that have an emphasis on the latest thinking from the construction project management sector.
Areas studied on the course reflect the wide and varying nature of the construction project management profession and include economics in relation to the construction industry and how it impacts on the profession, as well as construction law and dispute resolution methods. You also learn to carry out the health and safety management of construction works, and gain knowledge of building technology and sustainability.
The course also enables you to study and appraise the project planning and programming requirements of projects, so that you can actively plan, monitor and control the construction works during the life of a project. You gain evaluation skills on the construction production management module, and discover the procurement methods used in the industry and gain knowledge to be able to advise and appraise on the contract administration requirements and choices for a wide range of different projects.
You study and complete research of a particular area of interest in order to produce a dissertation. In addition to this, the course also includes an interdisciplinary development task in a different country. On this task you work with students from across related subjects to increase understanding of the other roles in the profession that interact on a day-to-day basis and how the role of a construction project manager fits in with these roles. It also develops the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming an effective professional practitioner.
Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).The course’s reputation means many international surveying firms recruit students for roles spanning the globe.
After completing the course, you will be able to proceed to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence or the Chartered Institute of Builders professional development programme.
There are many employment opportunities for construction project managers with regional, national and international construction and civil engineering contractors.