Environments majors: Construction

The Construction major teaches students to manage a large or small construction project from start to finish.

This is an exciting and challenging time to be working in this field, as technologies are changing rapidly and our built environment has to respond quickly to difficult global environmental and resource challenges. You will learn through site visits and special presentations by industry professionals to deepen your understanding of real world practice.

Increasingly construction companies operate as a part of large project teams, where professionals from different disciplines work closely together to resolve construction and design objectives. This course has been specifically designed to prepare students for these challenges through elective options in architecture, engineering or urban design and planning.

The degree helped prepare me for a career in the construction industry. I’ve been taught how to think when working on a construction project.

Ajay is currently studying in the Master of Construction Management program at the Melbourne School of Design.
Ajay Rewal, BEnvs Construction major

Career outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce and join the construction industry directly, or continue on to the fully accredited Master of Construction Management where you can pursue a specialisation and further your expertise.

Construction Management graduates typically work for construction companies both on and off construction sites. Their roles include planning and scheduling, construction economics, project management, contract administration, estimating and tendering.

This major has compulsory mathematics requirements.

Generator 2010 – Interview with Michael Jamieson (Construction)

Sample Course Plan

Sample Course Plan – Bachelor of Environments
Majoring in Construction*
Year 1Semester 1Changing MelbourneThe World of BuildingIntroductory Microeconomics (Recommended)1Accounting Reports and Analysis (Recommended)
Semester 2Environments electiveStructural EnvironmentsPrinciples of Business Law (Recommended)1Breadth
Year 2Semester 1Residential Construction and StructuresEnvironments ElectiveEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Semester 2Environmental Building SystemsConcrete Structures and ConstructionEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Year 3Semester 1Measurement of Building WorksConstruction ManagementStructures and Construction SystemsBreadth OR Environments Elective
Semester 2Project Planning Studio (capstone)Construction Contract AdministrationEnvironments ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective

* For students commencing in Semester 1 with VCE Specialist Maths 3/4 (study score of 25) or equivalent.

This is a sample course plan only. Subjects do not have to be taken in this order. Subjects offered may change from year to year. You will be advised of current subject offerings prior to subject selection and enrolment.

1 This subject can also be taken as breadth.

First-year subjects
Enabling subjects
Major subject
Elective subject
Breadth subject
Free points
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