Specialist Contracting

Subject ABPL90333 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Admission to the following Melbourne School of Design programs:

MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)
MC-LARCH2Y Master of Landscape Architecture (200 points)
MC-LARCH3Y Master of Landscape Architecture (300 points)
MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)
MC-PROP2Y Master of Property (200 points)
MC-PROP3Y Master of Property (300 points)
MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning
234AA Master of Design
234AH Master of Design (Heritage)
373AA Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design

Or approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Website: http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

An in-depth analysis of the technological rationale, organisational strategies and operational practices of sub-contracting firms in construction, from system manufacturers to trade specialists. By blending theory (literature) and practice (case studies), the subject reviews the reasons that lead a broad specialist sector to emerge as well as the impact it has on product design, technological progress and adoption, construction markets definition, project coalitions, design and construction operations, work coordination, risk allocation, procurement paths, contractual systems and relations, industrial relations, and vocational training.

  • To clarify the extent to which the construction industry operates with specialists, and articulate the reasons behind this organisational structure.
  • To introduce students to specialised fields in construction, subcontracting, and subcontractors’ practices.
  • To familiarise students with terminology and protocols of specialist work in construction.
  • To articulate the impact specialists have on the construction process.
  • Class participation (10%).
  • Gathering of discussion-specific data throughout the semester (30%).
  • Case studies and professional reports equivalent to 5000 words due at the end of the semester (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:
  • Ability to identify the need for specialists and subcontractors.
  • Ability to engage with specialists and subcontractors effectively.
  • Ability to oversee an integral planning and construction process.
  • Ability to read and understand socio-technical circumstances in construction.
  • Ability to appreciate the impact of specialists’ and subcontractors’ work.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Building
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Corporate Management
Cost Management
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects (without prerequisites)
Project Management

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