Construction Scheduling

Subject ABPL90323 (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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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)

OR approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

This subject assumes knowledge of building processes, work breakdown structures and manual scheduling techniques. Subjects such as ABPL90025 Project Management in Practice would be beneficial to undertake before enrolling in this subject.

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 Hemanta Doloi



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

Through an introduction to details of construction scheduling techniques and use of professional scheduling tools, this subject articulates the clear processes of logical development of time program for construction activities in projects. Real-life case projects are used for students to explore the concepts of activity definition, activity sequencing, resource allocation and resource leveling in the time schedule development process. Organised as a working seminar, the subject exposes students to clear visualisation of the construction processes and logical placement of construction activities whilst enabling them to understand underlying constraints in the schedule development context.

Learning Outcomes:
  • To teach students how to optimise construction time in a range of residential and commercial projects;
  • To provide a framework for evaluating alternative construction methods and implications in schedule;
  • To optimise the use of resources such as people, materials, equipment, and capital;
  • To provide the early warning of potential problems and set priorities; and
  • To develop skills and training on professional scheduling tools such as MS Project and Primavera.
  • Class participation (10%), demonstrating active involvement in a range of class activities and peer discussions.
  • Two group assignments equivalent to a total of 3500 words per student (60%) due in week 6 and 10, demonstrating a high level of technical understanding of sequencing construction processes, resource allocation and resource levelling in construction activities and development of a feasible construction schedule for effective delivery of projects.
  • Individual reflective assignment equivalent to 1500 words (30%) due in week 12, demonstrating the conceptual understanding of construction scheduling and ability to apply knowledge across a range of scenarios in residential and commercial building projects.
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 visualise constructability issues;
  • Ability to map or imagine construction processes in the context of timely project completion;
  • Ability to examine alternative construction methods and the results of ripple effects;
  • Ability to appreciate the effectiveness of construction schedule in overall time control in projects.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Building
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Cost Management
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Project Management

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