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Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBBE

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 30,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
057385G

Key features

  • UniSA is ranked in the World Top 100 for Built Environment programs1.
  • Rated five stars in Built Environment in the 2017 QS Stars ranking.
  • Develop a career in the construction industry focusing on residential and low-rise buildings.
  • Focus on construction law, management, communication, materials, economics and quantity surveying.
  • Build your knowledge in estimating, contract administration, scheduling, and cost planning.
  • Study in the Experiential Learning Suite using the latest technologies.

1 QS Subject Rankings 2017

Snapshot

Snapshot

Modern construction is a complex, highly-organised commercial industry and it is constantly evolving.

New challenges in planning, design, construction and commissioning are arising all the time. Buildings are becoming bigger and more technically complex than ever before. These challenges mean that the construction industry is a dynamic and exciting environment to work in.

In this degree you will develop the knowledge and skills to work professionally in the low rise residential and light commercial buildings sector of the construction industry. If you successfully complete this degree, you can enter directly into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours).

We develop our degrees with input from industry and courses are taught by academics with strong industry associations. This degree has been developed so that you graduate industry-ready.

Why Bachelor of Built Environment

Why this Degree

You will study core areas of construction including law, management and communication, materials and economics. These will give you an excellent understanding of the role of a construction professional.

You will also develop the knowledge you’ll need to work in the low rise residential and light commercial sectors of the industry. As you continue, your studies will become more complex, covering areas such as construction, development, quantity surveying, contract administration, estimating, scheduling and cost planning. UniSA is ranked in the World Top 100 for Built Environment programs1, and rated five stars in Built Environment in the 2017 QS Stars ranking.

1 QS Subject Rankings 2017

Real-world connections

UniSA is a hub for research with our own Natural and Built Environments Research Centre. We are also involved in several national cooperative research centres. We collaborate with the Barbara Hardy Institute and our researchers have been ranked at above world class in environmental sciences1. These leading researchers will be your teachers, and everything you learn will be supported by their research excellence.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Your career

Employment as a building, architectural and surveying technician in Australia is expected to increase by 10.9 per cent between now and 20201.

Careers to consider:

  • construction manager: overseeing and allocating resources for construction projects; working with architects and engineers to check plans and blueprints; managing timetables; determining material and labor costs; liaising with and hiring subcontractors and workers
  • estimator: compiling cost estimates based on variables such as labour, materials and equipment; working out how much a project is likely to cost and creating budgets; analysing different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers
  • construction planner: developing time plans on construction projects so the project is completed safely, on time and within budget; thinking critically; working with managers and engineers to discuss progress and address issues that arise; organising the stages of construction development

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Industry facts

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Employment for building, architectural and surveying technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 10.9 per cent by 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Turnover from all major construction work in Australia is forecast to grow by 4.5 per cent in 2017-20181.

1The Australian Industry Group, 2016

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Commercial construction in Australia is projected to show strong growth in 2017-2018 (5.2 per cent)1.

1The Australian Industry Group, 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this degree you will develop the knowledge and skills to work professionally in the low rise residential and light commercial sectors of the construction industry. Your studies will focus on construction law, management, communication, materials, economics and quantity surveying.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you can enter directly into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours).

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group assignments
  • essays
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Contract Administration BUIL 2019 4.5
Construction 1 CIVE 1001 4.5
Introduction to Construction Management BUIL 1007 4.5
Construction Communication BUIL 1021 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Construction Materials CIVE 1003 4.5
Economics for Construction Professionals BUIL 1023 4.5
Structures 1 CIVE 1002 4.5
University Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Quantity Surveying Practice 1 BUIL 1022 4.5
Contract Administration BUIL 3010 4.5
Construction 2 CIVE 2002 4.5
Structures 2 CIVE 2004 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Building Estimating BUIL 2018 4.5
Construction Cost Planning BUIL 2021 4.5
Construction Scheduling BUIL 2007 4.5
Building Services N CIVE 2007 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Development Regulation BUIL 4028 4.5
Development Economics BUIL 3011 4.5
Construction Environmental Science CIVE 2008 4.5
Building Surveying CIVE 3012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Construction Operations and Safety BUIL 3021 4.5
Advanced Contract Administration BUIL 3020 4.5
Fire Engineering N BUIL 4029 4.5
Sustainable Construction CIVE 3014 4.5

I worked as an architect for 15 years and in technical publishing for 20 years. I still work with industry as a consultant for AECOM Engineering, Transport for NSW, Austroads, and for clients in the UK. I’m working on a PhD on the (very) early history of construction documentation.

Mr John Gelder

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

You will spend time in the Experiential Learning Suite at City East campus. It’s a multifunctional space where you can develop career knowledge and interact not only with other students, but with new technologies.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

DOMESTIC

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

INTERNATIONAL

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

  • SAIBT - Diploma
  • Eynesbury - Diploma
  • TafeSA - Certificate IV level program
  • See the full list of entry pathways that may apply

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