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CMG2001 Job Organisation

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Trevor Drysdale
Moderator: Ron Ayers

Other requisites

This course is equivalent to CIV2601. Students cannot enrol in CMG2001 if they have successfully completed CIV2601.


It is necessary for civil engineering managers and supervisors to understand the basic principles of modern engineering business management, and also to be able to prepare estimates, specifications and job plans. This course seeks to develop these skills in the student.


The course outlines the principles of modern civil engineering construction management, and develops skills in the taking off of quantities, the preparation of engineering estimates and the preparation of construction programmes. Aspects of contract supervision are examined, particularly the use of the Australian Standard General Conditions of Contract. The on-site supervision of civil construction work is covered, including the aspects of job safety and industrial relations.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe and use current practices in job planning and scheduling, contract administration and job control used in civil engineering construction;
  2. take off quantities from construction plans, prepare estimates, and programme construction works using techniques to balance resources, labour and cash flow;
  3. manage a simple engineering contract which has as its basis a nationally recognised standard General Conditions of Contract;
  4. organise a simple construction job effectively in regard to the site management of materials, plant, labour, safety and costs;
  5. describe and apply the qualities and attributes required for effective site leadership and supervision.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Organisation and Management of Civil Construction Works 5.00
2. Specifications, Drawings and Quantities 10.00
3. Estimating and Costing 10.00
4. Construction Planning and Scheduling 15.00
5. Quality Systems 5.00
6. Contract Types and Law 5.00
7. Contract Administration and the General Conditions of Contract 10.00
8. Sub-contracts, Payments and Contract Disputes 5.00
9. Site Organisation and Administration 5.00
10. Job Costing and Financial Management 5.00
11. Control of Materials, Plant and Labour 5.00
12. Human Relations, Leadership and Supervision 10.00
13. Workplace Health and Safety 5.00
14. Industrial Relations 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Standards Australia 1997, Australian Standard 4000 - general conditions of contract, Standards Australia.
    (Also available online, together with its amendments from the Library's Database page, through 'Standards On-Line Premium'.)
  • A hand held battery operated calculator.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Antill, J & Farmer, B 1991, Antill's Engineering Management, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill Book Co.
  • National Committee on Construction Engineering 2001, Guidelines for Successful Engineering Construction, 2nd edn, The Institution of Engineers, Australia.
  • Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act.
  • Standards Australia, Australian Standard 1181-1982 Method of Measurement of Civil Engineering Works and Associated Building Works, Standards Australia. (Available on-line from the Library's database page, through 'Standards On-Line Premium').
  • Tender documents for various types of civil engineering works.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 28.00
Directed Study 125.00
Examinations 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 300 30 24 Aug 2012
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 700 70 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examination during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.