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CMG4003 Commercial Construction

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Commercial Construction
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 040399 - Building not elsewhere classif
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Gary Elks


Pre-requisite: CMG2003 and CMG3001 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN


Including project and development financing, this course aims to provide the graduate construction professionals an understanding of high-rise, commercial and industrial construction management processes, techniques and systems. This course also seeks to provide information and knowledge that will assist the professional in evaluating and proposing alternative construction systems that may benefit the project outcome.


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

  1. Explain the commercial construction management process from pre-construction to completion of industrial and multi-storey buildings;
  2. Discuss sources of project and development financing;
  3. Analyse and interpret construction drawings related to commercial constructions;
  4. Critically assess and evaluate alternative construction systems, materials, equipment and techniques for proposal to management bearing in mind time, cost, risk, safety and quality considerations;
  5. Explain the applications of building information modelling in commercial construction;
  6. Demonstrate written and communication skills to a professional standard;
  7. Plan and implement the building process;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction - Nature of commercial construction
Managing the Pre-construction process including forming a management team
2. Managing and choosing the most beneficial project decisions that may be critical to project success 10.00
3. Estimate to Budget, Sources of finance, Insurance and Bonds, Procurement 10.00
4. Interpret Commercial Project drawings related to commercial constructions 10.00
5. Advanced scheduling techniques, location based scheduling and associated software 10.00
6. BIM applications in commercial and Industrial construction 10.00
7. Assessing methods to implement construction related decisions effectively including time, cost, risk, safety and quality considerations 10.00
8. Managing the building Process 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 250 25 03 Apr 2019 1,2,3,6
Assignment 2 250 25 22 May 2019 4,5,6
2 Hour Restricted Exam 500 50 End S1 1,2,3,4,5,7

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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    • Calculators which cannot hold textual information
    • Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into 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 next examination period.

  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. 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.