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CMG4901 Construction Management Practice

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Construction Management Prac
Units : 0
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 : 030903 - Structural Engineering
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Amirhossein Heravi


Pre-requisite: CMG4001 or CMG4003


This course builds upon the content covered in CMG4003 for high-rise, commercial and industrial construction management processes, techniques and systems. It is important for construction students to have an understanding of the business side of the industry in addition to construction project management issues. The viability of a construction company is not only dependent on the successful completion of individual projects - on time, on budget and to the required quality and safety standards - but also requires the careful analysis and management of business finances, marketing, productivity and performance, human resources, supply chain and project process.

Having an understanding of the factors that influence the success of a company will give students a greater appreciation of the business decisions made by management which impact on their role and project.


This course examines construction project management and focusses on the functional, managerial and business issues impacting the nature of a problem and the problem solving approaches to address project performance and management. Students will work together as part of a team on tasks exploring a wide range of construction project management and performance topics. These include:

. Project scope development
. Analysis of project alternatives from a business point of view
. Identifying and assessing performance criteria
. The role of teamwork and decision making in formulating and pursuing achievable strategies
. The impact of proper planning on organisational and project performance
. Apply construction and project management theory and knowledge areas to a real world situation

Each team will take on the roles required to complete the tasks and undertake an oral and written presentation to a professional standard and project report to the client that will address the relevant issues.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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

  1. Effectively function as a member of a team, taking both leadership and team member roles, which facilitates the open sharing of knowledge and information with other team members;
  2. Develop a feasibility analysis to determine the best options from a business management perspective;
  3. Analyse project productivity and be able to identify and assess various techniques that can be used to evaluate the project productivity;
  4. Develop a project management plan focussing on identification and evaluation of project objectives, scope, schedule plan, cost plan, quality plan and execution, risk management plan and project delivery methods;
  5. Interpret, read, analyse and communicate findings for a project plan; and
  6. Communicate effectively to a professional standard by a group presentation of a client focused project report.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Assignment scope and strategy 5.00
2. Construction Business management 31.00
3. Construction Production management 31.00
4. Construction Project management 33.00

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
Report Writing 10.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Group Presentation 1 40 27 Sep 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Group Written Report 1 49 27 Sep 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Individual Written Report 1 10 27 Sep 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Res School Attend & Particip 1 1 27 Sep 2019 (see note 1)

  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  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 students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.