Supply Chains in Construction

Subject ABPL90309 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

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Dr Robert Crawford


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: The subject explores the network of organizations involved, through upstream and downstream linkages, in the different processes and activities that contribute to the production of construction artifacts.

By following and describing information and material flows in building procurement, students will be put in a position to highlight critical nodes in the structure of work, and consider how the current distribution of roles, tasks and responsibilities relates to their definition.

Organised as an advanced seminar, the subject will give significant insight in the productivity aspects of construction while offering general guidelines on how to analyze, engineer, coordinate, and possibly improve the complete construction supply chain.

Objectives: To map out the socio-technical organization of construction.

To provide a theoretical framework for the examination of project-based activity within the broader context of the construction industry.

To bring construction technology, industrial policy and process management together.

To provide a connection between qualitative and qualitative analyses of the construction process.
  • Class participation (10%).
  • Class presentation (30%).
  • Case studies and professional reports equivalent to 3,500 words (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

• Ability to understand complex connections within the construction industry;
• Ability to follow and relate different types of procurement flows in construction;
• Ability to use construction activity to connect industrial dimensions with different time horizons;
• Ability to appreciate the full impact of management decisions in construction.
Related Course(s): Master of Construction Management
Master of Construction Management

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