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Bachelor of Construction (BCON) - BCon

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 927412; External: 907415; Toowoomba campus: 907412

CRICOS code (International applicants): 072520B

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the Bachelor of Construction (Honours) which will be offered from S1 2014.

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
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:4 years full-time, 8 years part-time or external 
Program articulation:

From: Associate Degree of Construction; Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Infrastructure Management)

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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email usq.support@usq.edu.au 

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Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor 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.

Professional accreditation will be sought from Australian Institute of Building.

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Program aims

The program aims to produce professional level graduates for the building industry who have a broad range of relevant technical skills and well developed skills in communication and team work.

The program is designed to capitalise on growing demand and its primary aims are to:

  • enable graduates to attain a diverse range of skills and competence to successfully manage a wide range of construction projects

  • develop ability to plan, monitor and control the technical, logistical, legal and financial aspects associated with building and construction projects

  • take a leadership role in planning, managing and organising people and other resources on construction projects in the built environment.


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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 in building work

  • manage the human relations, resources, scheduling, quality control, environmental factors and social impacts involved in building projects.


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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 studied four semester units and achieved an exit assessment of 'Sound Achievement' or better in each of the following Queensland Senior Secondary School subjects: English . It is recommended that applicants should also have satisfactorily completed the subject: Mathematics B (Mathematics A is assumed)


or

  • be able to demonstrate that they have achieved an equivalent standard in these subjects at another institution


and

  • Australian applicants: have achieved a Queensland Overall Position (OP) band, or an equivalent Rank based on qualifications and previous work experience, at or above the specified cut-off level


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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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 Bachelor of Construction is a 32 unit program consisting of Academic courses and Practice courses.

Academic courses are normally one-unit courses and involve approximately 155 hours of student work per unit.

Practice courses are zero unit courses and each involves approximately 50 hours of student work. The only grades available for a Practice Course are Pass (P) and Fail (F). A Practice Course is designed to enable students to acquire specific competencies associated with their major study. These competencies range from specific practical and communication skills through to generic competencies relating to ethical and social responsibility, awareness of the environment, teamwork, etc. For an external student a Practice Course generally involves attendance on-campus for a one-week residential school.

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 Studies  17  17 
Major Study  15  15  up to 1 
Total  32  32  up to 7 

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Program completion requirements

The Bachelor of Construction involves either four years of full-time study or eight years of part-time study. To be eligible for the award students must complete the program within a maximum period of six years full-time study or 10 years part-time study from the date of their initial enrolment. Students who undertake the program by a combination of external and full-time study must complete their studies within nine years from the date of their initial enrolment to be eligible for the award.

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Required time limits

Full-time students have a maximum of six years to complete this program. Part-time students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this program.
A pro-rata adjustment of the maximum time period will apply for those students who transfer from one mode of study to another. A pro-rata reduction in the maximum time period will apply to students who are admitted to a program with advanced standing.

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Major studies

The Bachelor of Construction consists of a core component and a major study. The major study provides students with knowledge and skills in a specific discipline. The major studies currently available are:

  • Civil

  • Management.


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Electives/Approved courses

Students are required to complete a number of electives in their Bachelor of Construction program.
In the Bachelor of Construction, students are not required to undertake the Elective courses until the third or fourth level of the program. This enables students enrolled in the second level of the program to discuss their choice of Electives with the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. The most popular choices of courses for Electives may thus be timetabled to allow students to attend in their fourth year of study. Appropriate Electives are shown in the tables in the Recommended Enrolment Pattern section. Students may undertake only one appropriate level five or level eight course from the Bachelor of Engineering or another Engineering and Built Environment program as an Elective with the approval of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. The Faculty may approve a variation in Elective studies where the student can demonstrate that there is a sound academic argument for the change. Arguments based on timetable difficulties, quota problems etc. will not normally be entertained. Note however that students who wish to enrol in courses other than those listed must obtain the written approval of the Faculty prior to enrolling in the course if they want the course to count as credit towards their award.

Students should note that quota restrictions may preclude their enrolment in particular Elective study courses as students enrolling in these courses as part of their core or major studies will be given enrolment priority.

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Practical experience

To be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Construction, students must obtain an aggregate of at least 80 days of suitable practical experience during their program. This experience may be in an architectural, engineering or building project management office. Students are required to keep a record of such experience. The student must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement. The Record Book must be made available for perusal by the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences upon request. The acceptability or otherwise of employment experience, and the period of that type of experience that may be credited towards the 80 days, will be determined by the Faculty.

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IT requirements

Access to an up-to-date computer is necessary. On-campus students can access appropriately equipped laboratories, but should consider acquisition of their own computer. External students should be able to access a computer with the following minimum standards as advised by the University. All students should have access to email and the Internet via a computer running the latest versions of Internet web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The University has a wireless network for on-campus students' computers. In order to take advantage of this facility and further enhance their on-campus learning environment, students should consider purchasing a notebook/laptop computer with wireless connectivity. A notebook/laptop may be 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.

External students are required to attend a number of residential schools during their program. These are associated with Practice courses and are normally conducted at the end of Semester 3 (February), or during the mid-semester recess in Semester 2 (September/October).

Students enrolled in the external offer of a Practice Course must attend the residential school for that course. In some cases students enrolled in the on-campus mode may also be required to attend the residential school. Students should only enrol in a Practice Course when they are able to attend the residential school for that course. Practice Courses may not be taken earlier than shown except with the permission of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences. In some cases students may enrol in two Practice Courses in one term so they can complete the two residential schools in a two-week period. The actual dates for each residential school are shown in the Residential School schedule in this Handbook.

Practice courses

The majority of the practical and professional experience requirements for the program are contained within the major recommended enrolment pattern in the following table. These are zero unit courses, which are a compulsory part of the program, however they do not attract a student contribution charge for Australian Residents or a tuition fee for international students.

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Articulation

Students who have completed an Associate Diploma or Associate Degree program in Engineering or Construction at a Queensland university within the last five years are eligible to claim up to a maximum of 16 units of advanced standing in the BCON Bachelor of Construction program.

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Exit points

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

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Honours

The Bachelor of Construction may be awarded with Honours. The class of honours to be awarded to a student is dependent upon:


The minimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table. To be assured of achieving a particular class of honours students must have achieved the specified grade in the research project courses and the minimum GPA requirements for all of the courses studied, for the last 16 courses studied, or for the last eight courses studied.

Class of Honours  GPA Calculated from the Grades Achieved in:  Minimum Grade Achieved in Research Project Courses 
All Courses Studied in the Program  The Last 16 Courses Studied*#  The Last Eight Courses Studied*# 
First Class Honours  6.0  6.2  6.5  A 
Second Class Honours - Division A  5.5  5.7  5.9  B 
Second Class Honours - Division B  5.0  5.1  5.3  C 
Minimum number of courses required  20  16  8   

Footnotes
*The results from courses ENG4111 and ENG4112 must be included (unless the student is exempted from these courses).
#The best results in a semester are to be used when not all of the results from a semester are required.

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Other 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 workforce. Students who have a trade certificate and who have been employed in the engineering industry for some time may be able to claim exemption from the course.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Civil 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.

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

Civil Major recommended enrolment pattern


Major Study: Civil (Major Study Code: 16631)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Academic Courses

ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment Applications11,211
ENM1500 Introductory Engineering Mathematics1111,2
MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour1131,3
ENG1101 1121
CMG1001 Introduction to Construction Management and the Built Environment<1212
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society1211,2,3
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design1221
ENG2102 1222,3
ENM1600 Engineering Mathematics2121,2
CIV1500 Applied Mechanics2131,3Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENM1500 or ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600
CIV2605 Construction Engineering2141
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance2141,3
CMG2001 Job Organisation2232
CIV1501 Engineering Statics2232,3Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600 or (ENM1500 and CIV1500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
CIV2403 Geology and Geomechanics2242Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or CIV1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN
SVY1500 Spatial Science for Engineers2242
MEC1201 Engineering Materials3151,2,3
MEC2402 Stress Analysis3151Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
ENV2103 Hydraulics I3161Pre-requisite: CIV1500 or CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
MGT2001 Risk Mitigation, Work Health and Safety3161
CMG3001 Building and Construction Procurement3252Pre-requisite: CMG1001 and CMG2001
CIV2502 Structural and Building Technology3252
CIV2503 Structural Design I3262Pre-requisite: (ENG1100 and MEC2402) or (ENG1100 and CIV1501 for students enrolled in Program: BETC) or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology3272,3
ENG3003 Engineering Management4171,3
CMG4001 <4171
ENG4111 Research Project Part 14181Pre-requisite: ENG3902 and ENG4110
Elective (Select from the Electives List)*4181
LAW1101 Introduction to Law4272Pre-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
Elective (Select from the Electives List)*4262,3
ENG4112 Research Project Part 24282Pre-requisite: ENG4111
Elective (Select from the Electives List)*4282

Practice Courses

ENG1901 Engineering Practice 11122,3
CIV2901 Geology and Geomechanics Practice2243Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENG1901 and CIV2403
CIV3906 Civil Materials Practice2153Pre-requisite: MEC1201 and ENG1901 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: ADCN or BCON or BCNH
ENG3902 Professional Practice 13272
CMG4901 Construction Management Practice^4282Pre-requisite: CMG4001
ENG4903 Professional Practice 24282Pre-requisite: ENG3902. Students cannot enrol in ENG3902 and ENG4903 in the same semester.
ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional#481,3

Electives (Select from the following)

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
CIV2702 Municipal Services22Pre-requisite: ENV2103 or ENV1101
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
ENG4004 Engineering Project and Operations Management2,32,3
ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
ENV2201 Land Studies11
MGT2002 Perspectives of Organisation22,3
MGT2007 Leadership1
MGT2203 Project Management Fundamentals22,3
MGT3100 Quality and Performance Management~11
SVY1102 Surveying A11
SVY1104 Survey Computations A22Pre-requisite: SVY1102 or SVY1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or MSPT
SVY2303 Construction Surveying22Pre-requisite: SVY1104
URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development22
CIV3506 Concrete Structures**11Pre-requisite: CIV2503 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Footnotes
<Available at Springfield campus only in 2017.
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in odd numbered years only.
*Students permitted only one level 8 course as an elective
^Residential School will be held at Springfield campus.
#On-campus students should enrol in the external mode.
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in even numbered years only.
~Last offering 2019
**Not available on-campus at Springfield in 2017.

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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.

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

Management Major recommended enrolment pattern


Major Study: Management (Major Study Code: 16425)
CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Academic Courses

ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment Applications1111
ENM1500 Introductory Engineering Mathematics1111,2
MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour1131,3
ENG1101 1121
CMG1001 Introduction to Construction Management and the Built Environment<1212
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society1221,2,3
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design1212
ENG2102 1222,3
ENM1600 Engineering Mathematics2121,2
CIV1500 Applied Mechanics2131,3Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENM1500 or ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600
CIV2605 Construction Engineering2141
FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance2141,3
CMG2001 Job Organisation2232
CIV1501 Engineering Statics2232,3Pre-requisite: ENG1500 or MAT1500 or ENM1600 or (ENM1500 and CIV1500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MEPR or GCEN
LAW1101 Introduction to Law2242,3Pre-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
SVY1500 Spatial Science for Engineers2242
MEC1201 Engineering Materials3151,2,3
MGT2007 Leadership3151
Elective (Select from the Electives List)*3161
MGT2001 Risk Mitigation, Work Health and Safety3161
CMG3001 Building and Construction Procurement3252Pre-requisite: CMG1001 and CMG2001
CIV2502 Structural and Building Technology3252
MGT2002 Perspectives of Organisation3262,3
ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology3272
ENG3003 Engineering Management4171,3
CMG4001 <4171
ENG4111 Research Project Part 14181Pre-requisite: ENG3902 and ENG4110
Elective (Select from the Electives List)*4181
MGT2203 Project Management Fundamentals4262,3
ENG4004 Engineering Project and Operations Management4272,3
ENG4112 Research Project Part 24282Pre-requisite: ENG4111
Elective (Select from the Electives List)*4282

Practice courses

     ENG1901 Engineering Practice 11122,3C
     ENG3902 Professional Practice 13272C
     CIV3906 Civil Materials Practice2153CPre-requisite: MEC1201 and ENG1901 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: ADCN or BCON or BCNH
     CMG4901 Construction Management Practice^4282CPre-requisite: CMG4001
     ENG4903 Professional Practice 24282CPre-requisite: ENG3902. Students cannot enrol in ENG3902 and ENG4903 in the same semester.
     ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional#481,3

Electives (Select from the following)

     CIV2503 Structural Design I22Pre-requisite: (ENG1100 and MEC2402) or (ENG1100 and CIV1501 for students enrolled in Program: BETC) or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     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
     CIV2702 Municipal Services22Pre-requisite: ENV2103 or ENV1101
     CIV2403 Geology and Geomechanics22Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or CIV1500 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MENS or GCEN
     CIV3403 Geotechnical Engineering2Pre-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
     CIV3506 Concrete Structures**11Pre-requisite: CIV2503 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     ENG8104 Asset Management in an Engineering Environment11
     ENV2201 Land Studies11
     ENV2103 Hydraulics I11Pre-requisite: CIV1500 or CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: GCEN
     MEC2402 Stress Analysis11Pre-requisite: CIV1501 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     SVY1102 Surveying A11
     URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development22
     MGT3100 Quality and Performance Management~11

Footnotes
<Available at Springfield campus only in 2017.
*Students permitted only one level 8 course as an elective
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in odd numbered years only.
The semester 3 offering of this course is offered in even numbered years only.
^Residential School will be held at Springfield campus.
#On-campus students should enrol in the external mode.
**Not available on-campus at Springfield in 2017.
~Last offering 2019