Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IGBP

SATAC Code
4GD117 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • This specialisation in contract management is one of the first tertiary postgraduate degrees of its kind in Australia. 
  • This degree is intended for both law and non-law professionals who want to consolidate and build specialist knowledge and skills in project management and contract management that can be applied across the construction, engineering, and government sectors.
  • This program is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
  • Flexible study options including part-time course load and evening classes availability to working professionals. We welcome all prospective students from construction management, civil engineering or built environment backgrounds.
  • Study with a University who is in the Top 5 in Australia for graduate employability1.

1Ranked #4, 2020 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey –Graduate Employability Skills Indicator

Snapshot

Snapshot

Contracts are at the centre of construction, government and engineering works. Within these sectors there has been a significant shift towards outsourcing and sub-contracting. In this environment there is an ever increasing emphasis on understanding, negotiating and administering contracts to deliver the best possible result for all stakeholders.

This unique program is a blend of project management, business and construction contract law modules that will help you form a body of knowledge in both project management and contract management.

This degree utilises the Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a learning framework as well as relevant other industry standards in the field that are widely recognised and applied across different industries, businesses and government institutions.

This degree also combines knowledge of the legal system, legal methodology, key principles, standards, and practice of Australian construction law.

This postgraduate qualification is offered as part of a suite of four programs (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a Master level qualification. If you decide to exit this qualification having completed the four core required courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. If you wish to go on to further study, please consider the Master of Project and Program Management (Contract Management).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Throughout this program, you will learn advanced knowledge in project management, its widely applicable tools and techniques, and attain a versatile range of skill sets that you can apply to any complex project.

You will also learn the fundamental legal principles, standards, methodologies, and Australian contract management practices relevant to the building, construction, and engineering sector.

Our lecturers and facilitators come from both academia and industry. They are project management experts and practising industry professionals with extensive knowledge and experience.

You'll get unconventional teaching and industry-relevant materials that support learning and upskilling needs.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Project Risk Management BUSS 5070 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Procurement and Contract Management BUSS 5143 4.5
Construction Contract Management BUIL 5042 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 and 6)
Project Control Methods BUSS 5163 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution BUIL 5043 4.5
Choose one of the following:
Negotiation BUSS 5355 4.5
Portfolio and Program Management BUSS 5405 4.5
Sustainability in Project Management BUSS 5328 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5 Rule(s): 2

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. 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:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • individual and group projects
  • presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Research

You will benefit from access to UniSA's renowned research centres, including the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy concentration.

Our researchers work in partnership with industry; local council; government; charitable, not-for-profit and social organisations; media; communities; and other research organisations to address the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. The aim is to develop equitable and just, healthy, safe, thriving and sustainable communities. Research includes:

  • digital technologies and smart buildings
  • energy efficient industries and communities
  • planning, safety and modelling
  • project and risk management
  • sustainable, desirable, adaptive and resilient communities

Why Graduate Diploma in Project Management (Contract Management)

Why this Degree

This degree will set you in good stead for a career in project management, contract management and contract administration. Ideally, it will be valuable to those wishing to gain a recognised postgraduate qualification in project management with an advanced and integrated understanding of Australian construction law and contract management .

You will learn the intellectual and technical skills to implement and manage projects and contracts. With these highly transferable skills, you’ll be able to use what you’ve learnt across many workplaces or sectors, including building, construction, and government.

Our teaching team includes colleagues from academia and industry, and they are project management and contract management experts with extensive knowledge, experience and skills. Most study activities will incorporate practical scenarios so you'll be able to apply your learning to the workplace immediately.

Real-world connections

The University's project management qualifications are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the longest-serving body for project management in Australia. With over 10,000 members they are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism. Students can apply for membership with AIPM and get recognition to apply for Certified Practising Project Practitioner CPPP level. AIPM offers certifications across different career stages.

Many of our lecturers are industry practitioners who apply professional practice, highly relevant industrial experiences and practical case studies to their teaching. You may also discover that most of your peers are mature professionals with considerable and continuing practical experience and insights to share.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

With a Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management (Contract Management) graduates will advance in their chosen professional field in industries where contracting and subcontracting are key to project delivery. This degree is particularly useful to employees or employers in construction, IT, defence, and STEM related organisations such as:

  • Government departments
  • Municipal councils
  • Defence contractors
  • Lead contractors
  • Project management firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Professional consultancies

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have extensive industry experience in global project management consulting and curriculum development. I’m currently doing research in the field of risk management in construction. I’m also very interested in the use of multimedia in education and in online learning.

Dr Salwa Mohd Ishak

Program Director

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Dr Salwa Mohd Ishak

Program Director

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