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Associate Degree of Construction (ADCN) - ADegConstruction

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 927072; External: 907075; Toowoomba campus: 907072

CRICOS code (International applicants): 089495C

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2 years full-time, 4 years part-time  
Program articulation:

To: Bachelor of Construction (Honours)

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Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Construction meet the Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s technical qualification requirements to hold a Builder Open class of licence and a Builder Project Management Services licence subject to demonstrating the required level of industry experience.

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Program aims

The program aims to produce para-professional standard graduates for entry level management positions in the building and construction industry who have a broad range of relevant technical skills and well developed skills in communication, team work and communication.

The program is designed to capitalise on growing demand for this level of specialist on construction projects and the program's primary aims are to:

  • enable graduates to attain a diverse range of practical skills and competence to successfully coordinate and supervise a wide range of construction processes;

  • develop skills in planning, monitoring and controlling the technical and logistical, aspects associated with building and construction projects;

  • take an active role in planning, managing and organising people and other resources on construction projects in the built environment to support other construction management professionals.


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Program objectives

At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to.

  • apply building principles and methods;

  • prepare documentation for building development and construction;

  • liaise with other members of the building team, clients and other external stakeholders;

  • apply relevant legislation and technical standards at the appropriate level in building construction;

  • accept a level of responsibility for the practical and logistical aspects of the human relations, resources, scheduling, quality control, environmental factors and social impacts involved in a building project.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 06. Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 16, tertiary entrance rank 64 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2


Applicants are advised to also note the following:

  • Recommended Prior Study: Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Associate Degree of Construction is a 16 unit program consisting of Academic courses and Practice courses comprising a core major study component and a minor study. The Associate Degree of Construction comprises either two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

The components of the program are shown in the following table:

Program Component  Academic Courses  Practice Courses 
Number of Courses  Units  Number of Courses  Units 
Core Major Study  12  12 
Minor Study     
Total  16  16 

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Required time limits

To be eligible for the award students must complete the program within a maximum period of four years full-time study or six years part-time study from the date of their initial enrolment.

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Major studies

The Associate Degree of Construction consists of a core major study component in Construction Management and a minor study. The major study provides students with knowledge and skills in a specific discipline.

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Minor Studies

The Associate Degree of Construction consists of a core major component and a minor study. The minor study provides students with knowledge and skills in a specific area or specialisation. A minor study in a program is a group of four units of courses that provides students an appropriate breadth of study in an area of specialisation. Students must complete four (4) units from the minors listed below.

The minor studies available are:

  • Building

  • Civil

  • Transdisciplinary


Please refer to the recommended enrolment pattern for details.

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Practical experience

To be eligible to graduate from the Associate Degree of Construction, students must obtain an aggregate of at least 30 days of suitable work experience in an architectural, engineering or construction organisation. Students are required to enrol in ENG2909 Work Experience - Associate in the latter part of the program and maintain a record of their practical experience as specified by the Course Specification. The record of work experience must be made available for perusal by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences upon request. Work experience is to be certified by an appropriate person in the organisation that is providing the workplace experience and to be submitted to the examiner. The student must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of work experience to satisfy this requirement.

Credit or exemptions for ENG2909 Work Experience - Associate will not normally be considered.

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IT requirements

Students should refer to the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software. Specialist software is required for some courses.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Students are required to undertake practical and professional activities relevant to their program through enrolment in a series of Practice courses in the program. Practice courses are zero unit courses that may be undertaken in either on-campus or external mode and the final grades available are Pass (P)/Fail (F) only. They are a compulsory part of the program and do not attract a student contribution charge for Australian residents or a tuition fee for international students. The recommended enrolment schedule for Practice courses is shown in the Recommended Enrolment Pattern for the program in this Handbook.

External students must attend a number of residential schools during their program to obtain experience in practical and professional activities appropriate to the program. The residential schools are included in Practice courses which are conducted in Semester 3 or during the recess periods. The dates for each residential school Practice course are shown in the Residential School Schedule in this Handbook and external students should ensure they are able to attend the residential school prior to enrolling in a Practice course. Personal protective equipment is compulsory in many engineering, construction and spatial science laboratories, students should confirm the requirements before attending residential schools for Practice courses.

Students who enrol in on-campus mode for Practice courses normally undertake a series of weekly activities and/or attend a compulsory residential school.

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Articulation

Students articulate into the Bachelor of Construction (Honours) program.

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Exit points

Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to complete the Associate Degree of Construction, and who satisfy all of the requirements of the Diploma of Engineering Studies may be permitted to exit with that award.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Work Experience

Work and industrial experience that has not been formally assessed, does not normally qualify for course credit in the Associate Degree of Construction program. Existing work experience may be used to satisfy the practical/work experience requirements when completing the ENG2909 Work Experience - Associate practice course.

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Honours

Honours will not be awarded in this program.

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Other information

Full-time, on-campus students may, with the permission of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, undertake courses by external study. This may be desirable if students wish to extend the range of courses open to them in the Approved course areas.

In exceptional cases, the Faculty may permit a student to enrol in an approved course other than those specified for the accredited program, provided the course is drawn from another accredited associate degree program in the area of Engineering and Built Environment. Students who wish to enrol in courses other than those listed, must obtain written approval prior to enrolling in the course.

To satisfy the requirements of the program students must complete all of the Academic courses and the Practice courses in the following tables that show the recommended enrolment patterns for on-campus and external students. Students following a non-standard enrolment pattern should consult the course specification to ascertain if a course is offered in another term

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Construction Management Major recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


Major Study: Construction Management (Major Study Code: 17529)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Academic Courses Year 1

ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment Applications1121,2
ENM1500 Introductory Engineering Mathematics*1111,2
ENG1003 Problem Solving in Engineering and the Built Environment1121,2
CMG1001 Introduction to Construction Management and the Built Environment1111
CMG1002 Residential Construction: Methods, Materials and Management1222Pre-requisite: CMG1001
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design1212,1
Minor Study (Select from the Minor list)1222
SVY1500 Spatial Science for Engineers1212

Practice Courses Year 1

ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1#1122,3M

Academic Courses Year 2

CIV2605 Construction Engineering2131
Minor study (Select from the Minor list)2131
Minor study (Select from the Minor list)2141
CMG2002 Cost Management: Estimating, Measurement and Cost Control2141Pre-requisite: CMG1001 and ENG1100
CMG2001 Job Organisation2232
LAW1101 Introduction to Law2232Pre-requisite: Students enrolled in one of the following Programs: LLBP or BLAW or BABL or BALW or BBBL or BBLA or BCBL or BCLA or BCLW are not eligible for enrolment
CMG2003 Construction Production Management2242Pre-requisite: CMG1002
Minor study (Select from the Minor list)2242

Practice Courses Year 2

CIV3906 Civil Materials Practice2133MPre-requisite: MEC1201 and ENG1901 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: ADCN or BCON or BCNH
ENG2909 Work Experience - Associate31,3

Footnotes
*Students who achieve a high level in Year 12 Mathematics, or an equivalent mathematics program, may be eligible to replace the study of ENM1500 Introductory Engineering Mathematics with ENM1600 Engineering Mathematics. Please contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences for further information.
#ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1 is the first in a series of Practice courses designed to enable students to acquire engineering and professional practice skills, including practical and teamwork skills, problem solving and engineering judgement. It is designed principally to cater for the needs of recent school leavers and those lacking any significant experience of the engineering work force. Students who have a trade certificate and have been employed in the engineering industry for some time may be able to claim exemption from the course.

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Building Minor recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Students undertaking a Building minor should choose four (4) courses as per the following table, subject to any requisite requirements:

CIV2502 Structural and Building Technology22
CMG3003 Building Services: Methods, Materials and Management11Pre-requisite: CMG1001 and CIV2502 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MEPR

Plus any two courses from the following list:

     URP1001 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning11
     URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development22
     URP2001 Planning Structures and Statutory Planning11
     URP2002 Local Government Planning Practice and Technology22
     MGT3203 Project Management Processes22,3Enrolment is not permitted in MGT3203 if MGT2203 has been previously completed.
     MGT3070 Principles of Property Development 1

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Civil Minor recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Students undertaking a Civil minor should choose four (4) courses as per the following table, subject to any requisite requirements:

CIV2701 Road Design and Location11Pre-requisite: MAT1500 or ENG1500 or ENM1500 or ENM1600 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or GCEN
CIV3603 Construction Methods2

Plus any two courses from the following list:

     CIV1500 Applied Mechanics11,3Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENM1500 or ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600
     CIV3703 Transport Engineering22
     CIV2403 Geology and Geomechanics22Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or CIV1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN
     CIV3403 Geotechnical Engineering22Pre-requisite: CIV2401 or CIV2403 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     CIV1501 Engineering Statics22,3Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600 or (ENM1500 and CIV1500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
     MEC1201 Engineering Materials11,2,3
     ENM1600 Engineering Mathematics1,21,2
     ENV3105 Hydrology22

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Transdisciplinary Minor recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Students undertaking a Transdisciplinary minor should choose four (4) courses from the other two minors, subject to any requisite requirements:

Choose any four (4) courses from the other two minors:

     Choose a course from the other two minors22
     Choose a course from the other two minors11
     Choose a course from the other two minors11
     Choose a course from the other two minors22