Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course develops the student's appreciation of the scope and skills required to control and coordinate resources in a construction project context. Students will utilise previously acquired knowledge of construction processes and technologies to develop commercially appropriate inventories of tasks that include appropriate implementation methodologies and consequent resourcing implications. This course examines various planning techniques, developing the student's ability to evaluate their appropriateness for use in a variety of situations. It focuses on critical path identification as the central function of commercially available project planning software, concentrating in the first instance on the student's skill development in manual methods of project planning/critical path identification, finally utilising a computer application to validate their results.


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply the stages and tools utilised in planning and programming construction operations

2. Prepare a method statement, including resources

3. Manually prepare a program of work, including critical path identification

4. Operate a computer project planning package to prepare a schedule for a project

5. Use software tools to understand how a BIM paradigm can be applied to project planning.


Planning programme stages:

  • Pre tender
  • Master and stage programmes
  • Method statements
  • Resource schedules
  • Material procurement schedules

Project planning tools:

  • Gantt charts
  • Line of balance diagrams
  • Critical path networks
  • Precedence diagrams
  • PERT charts

Precedence diagrams:

  • Output rates
  • Activity durations
  • Planning logic
  • Start and finish times
  • Float concepts
  • Critical path concepts

Computer aided project programming:

  • Data input
  • Program outputs including PERT and Gantt charts, resources, activity float and critical path
  • BIM tools and their use in project planning


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) program [12331].

Students not enrolled in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) program must seek Program Convenor approval to enrol.

Assumed knowledge

Candidates for this course should have a working knowledge of construction technology as it applies to the built product, together with a similar level of knowledge regarding constructions processes and techniques.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Proposal / Plan: Project Plan

Proposal / Plan: Detailed Project Plan

Contact hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.