Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)(Honours) (Full-time/Part-time)


Every construction project combines a variety of complex challenges. Managing a project requires a combination of technical understanding of construction processes and resource management, as well as managing their legal and financial aspects.


The Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)(Honours) will equip you with the skills and knowledge to manage complexities in construction projects both in Singapore and across the world. The programme incorporates substantial Building Information Modelling (BIM) teaching and projects which offer a niche specialty beyond the construction management discipline. This would give the graduates a solid foundation to pursue wide career choice as BIM Managers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Facility Managers.

The degree programme is conceptualised to be a problem-based learning pedagogy to train students to solve real world challenges, develop holistic understanding of construction project environment and portable life-long learning skills. To offer an accelerated pathway, an advanced standing articulation would be eligible for students with relevant diploma qualifications.


The University of Newcastle (UON) is a leader in university education, with a reputation for high quality teaching and learning and exciting, contemporary academic programs. Demonstrating its commitment to relevant teaching is the UON’s approach to problem-based learning, first pioneered some 25 years ago, which underpins UON degree programs in medicine, engineering, architecture, nursing, social work and law.

The UON NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016 - 2025 focuses on delivering accessible, high quality programs through innovative models. With an emphasis on good teaching and an outstanding student experience, UON will continue to produce globally competitive graduates and maintain its place among the best in Australia for teaching and learning.

Among UON’s staff are experts who rank in the top one per cent in their field in the world, as well as national and state recipients of Teacher of the Year winners of the prestigious Australian Awards for University Teaching. The University of Newcastle offers students an engaged approach to learning through programs that integrate study with practical experience, paid employment and research.

UON is made up of three colleges. The Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) programme (aka BCM for short) is under the School of Architecture and Built Environment. This together with the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) programme (aka BCE for short) which is under the School of Engineering, are grouped under the College of Engineering, Science and Environment.

UON is ranked the Top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022. The university is also ranked the Top 8 in Australia for research ‘well above world standard’.  



Course Code

Course Name

Course Credits



Construction Technology 1*




Construction Ecology 1*




Digital Communication in the Built Environment *




Communication in the Built Environment *




Construction Law & Legislation*




Building Codes & Compliance




Construction Technology, Sequencing & Representation*




Construction Management Fundamentals*




Measurement of Building Works 1




Health & Safety in the Built Environment*




Maintenance Services & Rehabilitation




Economics of the Construction Industry




Cost Planning & Estimating




Construction Procurement & Tendering*




Construction Technology 3




Performance and Sustainability of the Built Environment




Construction Project Planning




Development Economics and Facilities Management




Infrastructure Development




Building Fire Safety & Compliance




Contract Administration




Building Information Modelling (BIM)*




Measurement of Building Works 2




Construction Technology & Services*




Research in the Built Environment A




Research in the Built Environment B




Construction Business Strategy and Finance




Work Integrated Learning Building Information Modelling (WILBIM)




Unspecified elective*




Unspecified elective


* Bridging Course 



Students may be exempted on certain courses and may need to complete bridging modules to be articulated into an accelerated pathway depending on the relevance of the Diploma qualifications.

Scholarship/Sponsorship is available for eligible applicants who are successfully admitted into the programme.

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ARBE1101 Construction Technology 1
This course develops the student's understanding of key concepts associated with the construction of domestic and other buildings, including essential performance criteria for a range of primary and secondary building elements. It similarly develops the student's understanding of structural concepts that dictate the eventual form of buildings and other engineered structures, combining elemental and structural understanding to develop the student's ability to design appropriate architectural/engineering details for a variety of structural and non-structural situations. It introduces the student to the challenges posed by a range of site conditions, materials and other environmental factors, and explores their influence upon the selection of appropriate solutions.  

ARBE1102 Construction Ecology 1
This course explores the modern built environment through the impact of materials on architectural design applications. Elements of material selection, impact and management of the construction processes are integrated within the construction and maintenance of building solutions. 

ARBE1103 Digital Communication in the Built Environment 
This course prepares the future generation of designers for industry. The course aims to develop the student's general understanding and practical skills in digital media for design, communication and documentation, including basic CAD modelling (3D) and the digital and analogue presentation (2D) of a selected project. This includes techniques to generate design presentations that demonstrate a good use of design principles as well as to generate drawings for the communication process with the building industry. 

ARBE1105 Communication in the Built Environment 
This course introduces students to the essential communication skills used in the built environment. Students learn verbal, written and presentation skills to communicate effectively within the building industry. This course also develops students' interpersonal skills specifically with regard to teamwork, leadership, negotiation and stakeholder management. 

ARBE1301 Construction Law and Legislation
This course explores law and legislation that governs the construction management process. Primary elements of types of contracts, legal duties and responsibilities will be integrated within the context of contractual administration in the construction industry. 

ARBE1304 Building Codes & Compliance
Explores the principles and practice of the National Construction Code (Building Code of Australia) and relevant Australia Standards applicable to the construction processes and assessment of residential and non-residential buildings. This course aims at developing students’ knowledge and skills in interpreting and applying the regulatory requirements, including recent changes in legislation and policy, for all buildings types as contained in the relevant codes and standards. It is also aimed at developing students understanding of theory and practice in building performance assessment and reporting. The students are introduced to building information modeling (BIM) within certification practices. 

ARBE1305 Construction Technology, Sequencing & Representation
This course examines construction technology and sequencing, and drafting and interpretation of construction and engineering drawings for low-rise commercial buildings. Terminology and construction/design details for typical construction solutions and their graphical representation are examined in detail in accordance with Australian Standards for Architectural and Engineering drafting. The subject explores the main construction systems, processes and principles that students should be familiar with for this type of construction. Students develop an understanding of alternative construction techniques, labour requirements, materials handling and basic understanding of how services interface with the building. 

ARBE1306 Construction Management Fundamentals
This course explores the nature of the construction industry from a number of perspectives. Students learn the graphical drawing skills required to present building elements effectively, whilst also learning how to interpret construction drawings. The course also introduces fundamental academic and professional research and writing skills. 

ARBE2301 Measurement of Building Works 1
This course examines the process of building measurement and bills of quantity through the development and demonstration of 'essential skills'. Elements of measurement and bills of quantities in accordance with the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (ASMM) will be applied. 

ARBE2303 Health and Safety in Built Environment
This course examines the potential hazards and safety strategies of the construction workplace. Elements of risk analysis, control of risk, reflection on results and application of health and safety legislation are explored in the context of the built environment. 

ARBE2306 Maintenance Services and Rehabilitation
This course explores the principles and practice relating to maintenance and rehabilitation work in built environment. These topics will be explored from multiple perspectives including the context of building technology, standards, statutory control, planning and implementation, information technology, procurement cost and environmental impact. 

ARBE2307 Economics of the Construction Industry
Examines the principles of microeconomics, macroeconomics and building economics in relation to construction firms and industry, along with the international dimensions of construction business. Elements of mainstream and building economics theories will be integrated and applied to make informed industry focused business decisions. 

ARBE2308 Cost Planning & Estimating
This course examines and applies estimating tools, techniques and software for costing construction projects in its various stages from both client and contractor perspectives. Elements of preliminary estimating, cost planning and detailed estimating will be integrated and applied to enable informed rational cost related decisions. Applies estimating principles to price/cost superficial spaces, functional areas, elements, resources and trades and develop ethical bidding strategies. 

ARBE2309 Construction Procurement and Tendering
This course examines the tender process and how construction projects are procured. Tendering principles and the process of procurement selection will be investigated by analysing the various strategies within both the public and private sectors using case study building and infrastructure projects. 

ARBE3100 Construction Technology 3
This course explores the technical issues associated with building types for public use including building structure, construction materials and techniques, and cost planning and specification. It is aimed at developing students understanding of the implications of using alternative materials and construction processes for structural systems; an understanding of construction design and detailing; an appreciation of the selection and design of foundations in response to specific ground and soil conditions; and an understanding of using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to design and documentation of structural system for commercial buildings. 

ARBE3101 Performance and Sustainability of the Built Environment
This course explores the modern and future built environment through the impact of construction and design decision-making at a global, national and local level. Elements of evaluation, rating, health of buildings and occupants historically and practically are investigated for sustainable and resilient buildings and communities. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provides the lens through which these issues are investigated.  

ARBE3301 Construction Project Planning 
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. 

ARBE3304 Development Economics and Facilities Management 
This course develops the students understanding of development economics and facilities management through a case study of a commercial property project. It investigates the theory and practice of facilities management including elements of operational and strategic facilities management. It explores development economics through examination of site analysis, market research, property finance and methods of investment appraisal, and develops the students’ ability to prepare a feasibility study report to evaluate property investment performance. 

ARBE3305 Infrastructure Development
Infrastructure Development simulates the preparation of an estimate and tender for a construction project. It draws on the knowledge and skills which students have developed in soil mechanics, quantity measurement, estimating, tendering project planning and construction methods. In addition, this course exposes students to new subject areas as the project students will be tendering for is an engineering project and they will need to explore methods of construction that they are unlikely to come across before. Student will also be expected to evaluate and accommodate commercial and other factors that are likely to influence the tender price that their company submits for this work. 

ARBE3306 Building Fire Safety & Compliance 
This course explores the principle and practice of the assessment, evaluation and the provision of recommendations associated with fire safety alternative solutions. Students will understand building regulations, fire dynamics, fire safety measures, human behaviour and risk assessment, as well as developing knowledge of the practical design process adopted by the industry. Building information modelling (BIM) will be explored in relation to its application to fire safety and compliance. 

ARBE3307 Contract Administration 
Investigates the practices and procedures required of a construction professional during the contract administration stages of a construction project. 

ARBE3308 Building Information Modelling (BIM) 
This subject examines the practical application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies and processes for the development and delivery of construction projects. The role of the project manager, contractor, design team and BIM Manager in the development and use of building information models is explored. This includes the effective management and control of information contained in discipline-specific 3D models. Students develop an in-depth understanding of 4D simulation of the planned construction process, visualisation and animation. The subject also examines the issues and problems that are inhibiting the widespread application of time-lining and 4D simulation technologies in the industry. Students are presented with the future development of BIM technologies for construction. 

ARBE3309 Measurement of Building Works 2
This course advances students' knowledge in the process of building measurement and bills of quantity through the use of industry standard software. Elements of measurement and bills of quantities in accordance with the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (ASMM) is applied. 

ARBE4102 Construction Technology and Services

This course develops the understanding of key concepts associated with the construction of High Rise buildings. The course provides a vehicle to develop knowledge and skills needed to comprehend the design of services in major buildings, and in so doing engender a lifelong interpretation of the intricacies of physical installation and their critical sequence in the construction process. 

ARBE4121A Research in the Built Environment A
This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. This course examines philosophical, theoretical, ethical and methodological concepts and processes associated with academic research activities within the built environment disciplines related to the practice of architecture and construction management. Students are given the opportunity to define and develop research problems through the critical and creative analysis of either architectural or construction management and economics theory and methodologies and justify a theoretical and methodological approach to investigate the problem. 

ARBE4121B Research in the Built Environment B
This course is Part B of a multi-term sequence. Part A, ARBE4121A Research in the Built Environment A must be completed prior to commencement of this course to meet the requirements of the sequence. Provides the students with the opportunity to consider the philosophical, theoretical, ethical, methodological and analytical concepts and processes associated with academic research activities within the built environment disciplines, related to the practice of architecture and construction management. Students are given the opportunity to define, articulate, develop, evaluate, investigate, conduct, and document a self-identified research question through the critical and creative analysis of either architectural or construction management and economics practice, theory and methodologies, and justify a theoretical and methodological approach to investigating the question. 

ARBE4310 Construction Business Strategy and Finance
This course presents a contemporary perspective of the skills required to manage a firm operating in the construction industry. It examines the functions of management in organisations, the structures firms use, how firms make decisions in dynamic economic environments, how firms manage their people and resources and how they respond to the needs of growing economies, cities, towns and regions. The course also evaluates how construction firms use strategies, financial management, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation to start, maintain and grow their business and enable continuity.  

ARBE4323 Work Integrated Learning BIM
Through this course student will work collaboratively, in teams, on a Building Information Modelling (BIM) project. The work will be undertaken in a work integrated learning environment under the supervision of industry sponsors. This direct experience will expose students to the practices of managers, contractors and consultants. These industry partners, along with discipline academics, will form an examining panel to review the final project model and documentation, as well as students’ ability to meet project schedules and achieve tangible benefits. 

CRGR1001 Unspecified elective

CRGR2001 Unspecified elective
Students have the option to choose to take between these three courses CIVL1200, ENGG3500 and SURV1200 that are under the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) curriculum. More information could be obtained via this link at https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-civil-engineering-honours/handbook


ADVANCE STANDINGS (For relevant diploma programmes from Singapore)

The BCM programme requires a student to complete 320 credits. Diploma graduates from the following institutions/programmes will enjoy advanced standings into BCM programme accordingly. Diploma graduates who are awarded the advanced standings will only be required to complete the remaining credits to fulfil the 320 credits needed for the BCM programme (i.e. 320 credits less advanced standings awarded).

Note: The advanced standings awarded are subject to review from The University of Newcastle, Australia without prior notice. The final advanced standings awarded shall be based on the letter of offer from the university. Bridging course(s), which is payable separately and offered by BCA Academy, may be required to fulfil the award of advanced standings. Advanced standings granted is subject to students successfully completing the bridging course(s) prior to commencement of each intake.

Note: Advanced standing information stated below are subject to change without prior notice.



Advance standings

BCA Academy

Diploma in Construction Engineering (pre-2020)

Up to 110 credit units

Diploma in Construction Engineering (from 2020 onwards)

Up to 100 credit units

Diploma in Construction Information Technology

Up to 100 credit units

Diploma in Digital Engineering

Up to 90 credit units

Diploma in Quantity Surveying (pre-2020)

Up to 120 credit units

Diploma in Quantity Surveying (from 2020 onwards)

Up to 120 credit units

Diploma in Architecture (Technology)

Diploma in Design (Interior & Landscape)

Diploma in Electrical Engineering & Clean Energy

Diploma in Facilities Management

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Green Building Technology)

Case-by-case basis

Other institutions

Construction related diplomas

Case-by-case basis

Other institutions

Non-construction related diplomas

Case-by-case basis


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