The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course presents a contemporary perspective of the theoretical scope and practical skills required to manage a firm operating in the construction industry. It examines various management concepts and techniques associated with operational and strategic activities, developing the student's ability to critically evaluate their appropriateness for use in a variety of situations. It reviews classical, behavioural and contemporary management theories, and their deployment in response to competitive triggers encountered in dynamic operational environments. The course is underpinned by a systemic perspective of the firm's functions, and extends this through permeable organisational boundaries to consider competitive collaboration within temporary project organisations; modes of innovation; and the influence of collaborative information/communication technology, and building information modelling.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Review the management function in the context of a firm operating in the construction industry.

2. Evaluate the factors influencing the design of business structure and operational procedure for a firm operating in the dynamic context of the construction industry.

3. Describe strategic management for a firm operating in the construction industry.


Management function: - Organisation theories - Classical - Human relations - Behavioural - Systems - Contingency

Factors: - Task - Structure - People - Technology (incl. ICT/BIM)

Functional areas: - Marketing - Human resources - Operations - Finance

Design of business structure and operational procedures: - Elements - Job specialisation - Hierarchy - Span of control

Types: - Functional- Divisional - Project teams

Strategic management: - Principles - Innovation - SWOT analysis - Goal setting - Progress monitoring - Reassessment

Perspectives: - Environmentally reactive - Environmentally proactive

Tools: - Key Performance Indicators - Benchmarking - Quality Management - Relationship Management - Information and Communication Technologies - Building Information Modelling


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) program.

Assessment items

Presentation: Pecha Kucha Presentation

Written Assignment: Learning Journal/ Online Blog

Written Assignment: Written Report: Innovation/BIM Implementation Plan

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.