Corporate Construction Management

Subject ABPL90207 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

This subject runs on a biennial basis

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

170 hours


Admission into one of the following courses

MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)

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:


Dr Toong-Khuan Chan



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)
Current Student Enquires:

Subject Overview:

Organised as an advanced seminar, this subject examines management issues relating to contemporary businesses within the construction industry. The various models of organisations and corporate strategies to achieve competitive advantage are researched and explored. Management concepts such as financial analysis, competitive strategy, innovation, negotiation, leadership and corporate social responsibility are analysed and discussed in the context of a contemporary construction company. More recent developments such as knowledge management, relationship marketing, operations management, and supply chain management etc. are also examined. Academic research, industry reports and relevant business school case studies are used extensively.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the range of concepts relating to the management of a construction organisation;
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to the strategies management of companies;
  • Research the current status of companies in the market.

  • 10 weekly quizzes equivalent to 500 words (10%) due in week 3 to 12, focussing on assigned weekly materials which cover all major aspects of management within the corporate environment of a construction contracting company.
  • Two reports equivalent to 1250 words each (25% each) due in week 5 and 8, produced in groups of approximately five students. Reports focus is to analyse two publicly held companies (who have publicly distributed annual reports) in terms of quantitative and qualitative factors in areas of finance, operations and marketing.
  • Case study analysis equivalent to 2000 words (40%) due in week 12, focussing on a construction firm. Students are asked to research and analyse the company in quantitative and qualitative terms in all areas of corporate construction management covered during the semester.

Prescribed Texts:

Michael E. Porter, Competitive strategy techniques for analyzing industries and competitors, New York: Free Press, 1998, and selected Havard Business School cases.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon successful completion of this subject students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Team working skills
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Building
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Corporate Management
Cost Management
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Project Management

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