Construction Management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion. Construction Project Management is aimed at meeting a client's requirements in order to produce a functionally and financially viable project.
Construction Management professionals undertake a wide range of tasks, including:
- specifying project objectives and plans. Defining the scope, budget and schedule for a project
- setting performance requirements and selecting project participants
- employing procurement methods to maximise the efficient use of resources (labour, materials, and equipment)
- coordinating and controlling the planning, design, estimating, contracting, and construction
- developing and implementing effective communications and mechanisms for avoiding and resolving conflicts among those participating in the project.
The Construction Management programme offers graduates study leading to the Master of Engineering degree. The focus is on professional programmes that combine theory and application with a strong emphasis in applied management. The master's programme is an advanced curriculum designed to allow students to tailor a portion of the specialisation requirements to meet individual interests and goals.
Major topic areas in Construction Management include:
- Project management
- Procurement processes
- Risk management
- Cost estimation
- Management of labour, materials, and equipment
- Infrastructure asset management
A bachelor’s degree in Engineering is the preferred entry qualification, but students with other relevant degrees and/or suitable work experience will also be considered for admission to a Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering or a Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering with the right to transfer to the Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, or Master of Engineering Studies if they perform well.
Construction Management courses are taught in 'block mode' so participants can study (part-time) while remaining in employment.
A course taught in block mode typically involves:
- attending two 2-3 day blocks
- reading background material and completing assignments
- project work and assignments that can be finished after the study blocks
- an examination at the end of the course (exam locations outside Ōtautahi Christchurch are possible)
Support is provided for off-campus students via our library distance service and online teaching content system. Many working professionals opt for part-time study towards a degree. All degrees can be completed in both full-time and in part-time study.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
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