To qualify for the Master of Construction Management Practice, students must complete a total of 100 credit points comprising:Volume of Learning
The Master of Construction Management Practice consists of 100 credit point). One capstone unit carries 25 credit points and all other units in the course normally carry 12.5 credit points. A standard annual full-time load comprises 100 credit points and a part-time load comprises 50 credit points. The volume of learning of the Master of Construction Management Practice is typically 12 months.Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Construction Management Practice is 25 credit points (normally two units). Note that the Graduate Certificate of Construction Management does not provide advanced standing into this degree.
The AQF level 9 research components are met in the Master of Construction Management Practice specifically through the unit CVE80001 Research Paper. This postgraduate unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake a minor research investigation on a construction management topic and prepare a research paper having potential to be published in peer-reviewed conferences or journals. Elements of research methods will also be introduced in the core unit CSM80006 Engineering Project Management. Research methods and skills are also taught and developed over weekly synchronous lectures and material made available online in CVE80001 and assessed at mid-semester prior to the development of a full paper. The unit is primarily assessed on the strength of the students’ research skills, via the following assessment pieces such as (a) a final paper or report (70%); and (b) an oral-based presentation (20-25%). In this way, both written and oral communication skills are explicitly assessed. Conducting research on a topic specific to the postgraduate course allows students to develop, and be assessed on a range of skills such as: (i) the ability to work independently; (ii) the ability to work on a relevant problem that may be unfamiliar; (iii) open-ended problem-solving; and (iv) systematic analyses. Weekly tutorials and meetings with an academic supervisor provide opportunities for students develop the following research skills:- create, reflect upon, and iterate the study; understand and improve their knowledge of research design principles; manage a research project; analyse and appraise the literature and the current state-of-the-art. These skills are also inherent in the production of a paper that is targeting potential publication outcomes. Furthermore, the capstone unit would have some potential applied research opportunities in a relevant work-integrated learning environment.