Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours)

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Program Description

Overview

  • Study a Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) and gain experience in a highly practical course that mirrors the emerging trends of the industry.
  • Further your depth of knowledge and skills to apply throughout your career with an Honours degree.
  • Gain practical experience with our Work Integrated Learning programme.
  • Study construction management, quantity surveying, and cost engineering, or urban and regional planning.

Majors

As part of this course, you must choose a major

Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management)

Highlights

  • Learn to coordinate the construction and maintenance of large and complex projects such as low-rise and high-rise housing developments, hotels, factories, office blocks, schools, and hospitals.
  • Study resource management, measurement and estimating, site management, scheduling and programmeming, and technical communications.
  • Attend lectures and tutorials delivered by the industry's best frontline professionals.
  • Further your depth of knowledge and skills to apply throughout your career with an Honours degree.
  • Programme accredited by the Australian Institute of Building.

Why choose this course?

The construction management course at QUT is considered one of the best in Australia and is highly ranked internationally. The course provides you with skills to manage resources (plant, materials, subcontractors, and labour) and equips you to obtain meaningful employment. You will develop skills in the broad foundations of construction management, such as measurement and estimating, site management, scheduling and programmeming, and technical communications.

Construction management teaching staff at QUT have real-world experience in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts and maintain engagement with industry professionals and organizations. You will regularly attend lectures and tutorials often delivered by the industry’s best frontline professionals. You will also undertake professional practice, learn problem-solving techniques using specific case studies and attend site visits to become a valuable work-ready graduate.

Career outcomes

A construction management degree can facilitate your path to a challenging and interesting career, with the prospects of extremely high job satisfaction and financial rewards. You may be employed in private organizations such as large construction and development companies or consultancies, or government departments.

As a graduate, you may be required to supervise construction, coordinate subcontractors’ plant, materials and equipment, estimate costs and quantities of materials needed and planning construction methods and procedures. You will also help to ensure that the requisite standards of building performance, quality, cost schedules, and safety are achieved, in accordance with the building contract documents, and that building projects under your supervision are completed— on time, to budget and of the required standard of quality.

Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering)

Highlights

  • Become able to provide professional advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions and operation of existing buildings.
  • Learn to manage and administer construction costs and contracts, bills of quantities, tender appraisals, valuations, project audits, property taxation, and life-cycle cost advice.
  • Study building management, cost planning, building development and research, policy development, measurement and construction, and legal issues.
  • Gain practical experience on field trips, site visits, lab-based work, and industry placements.
  • Further your depth of knowledge and skills to apply throughout your career with an Honours degree.

Why choose this course?

Studies are offered in building management, cost planning, and cost control, building development techniques, building research, computer software applications, measurement of construction and legal issues. There are opportunities for field trips, site visits, and practical and laboratory-based work and the flexible structure of the course allows you to choose a second major or group of minor units to match your career aspirations and personal goals and maximize employment opportunities.

Career outcomes

As a quantity surveyor and cost engineer, you will be employed predominantly on major building and construction projects as a consultant to the owner, in both the public and private sectors. You may find employment with consulting firms, local, state or federal government departments or authorities, and increasingly with building contractors, financiers, property developers, project managers, and universities.

Specialization pathway

Quantity surveying and cost engineering is a specialist discipline within the construction industry. To become a quantity surveyor and cost engineer, apply for the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management), QTAC code 412312. Your first year will provide you with important foundation units in construction. From the second year, you begin specializing in quantity surveying and cost engineering and graduate with the degree Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering).

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Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)

Highlights

  • Learn to design and manage the use of land and natural resources to meet human needs in a sustainable way.
  • Prepares you to plan large-scale projects such as new cities, suburbs, ports, recreational and industrial areas, and transport infrastructure.
  • Study community planning, infrastructure provisions, creative design, property economics, spatial science, architecture, law and business management.
  • Graduates work in urban design, transport planning, development assessment, open space and recreational planning, environmental protection, and social and economic development.
  • Further your depth of knowledge and skills to apply throughout your career with an Honours degree.

Why choose this course?

QUT is recognized for combining community involvement with the design and implementation skills, which are based on links with engineering, property economics, architecture and landscape architecture. You will work on inclusive community planning, integrated infrastructure provision, creative design, and practical problem-solving projects run in collaboration with partners in local and state government, developers and local community groups.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your broad appreciation of fields related to urban and regional planning, for example, urban design, property economics, architecture, landscape architecture, law or business management.

A flexible course structure allows you to choose minors to match your career aspirations and personal goals and maximize your employment opportunities.

Career outcomes

You will have employment opportunities internationally, and in state and local government departments and agencies, large multi-stranded development companies and professional planning consultancies. Career choices include urban design, transport planning, development assessment, plan preparation for housing and industrial areas, open space and recreational planning, environmental protection, and social and economic development.

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Details and Units

Your QUT Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering) degree consists of 384 credit points (32 units) arranged as follows:

  • 72 credit points (6 units) of Urban Development Core units, which includes a Work Integrated Learning unit that requires completion of workplace learning.
  • 216 credit points (18 units) of Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering discipline units
  • 96 credit points of complementary studies comprising of either a Second Major (8 unit set) or two Minors (4 unit set each).

Urban Development Core Units

These units will engage you in understanding Urban Development from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, expose you to the various outcomes available for pursuing studies in this field and introduce the fundamental basis for policy and practice. Later core units, together with the discipline-specific units, will progress your learning development through experiential and inquiry-based learning in collaborative environments.

Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering Major Discipline Units

These units give you discipline level knowledge, skills and application competencies from introductory through intermediate, culminating with advanced graduate-level units. They focus on developing your knowledge, practice, and higher-order thinking to an advanced level.

Complementary Studies Options

Complementary studies may be taken as a Second Major of 96 credit points or two Minors of 48 credit points each. Experiential minors in Work Integrated Learning, as well as student exchange, are also available.

Second Majors

A second major provides the opportunity for you to undertake significant studies in a second Urban Development discipline such as Property Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Architectural Studies, Accountancy or Applied Economics and Finance. Second majors are also designed to provide diverse professional skills and knowledge beyond the traditional reaches of the built environment curriculum and can offer a range of study options in other fields.

Minors

Minors will allow you to undertake studies in a companion discipline. They are designed to provide you with introductory to intermediate level knowledge and skills in areas complementary to your studies. You can choose a minor from other built environment disciplines. There are also minors designed to distinguish students in the employment marketplace with complementary 'non-discipline' skills and competencies that you can choose from a range of inter- and intra-faculty disciplines.

Pathways to Further Study

The (UD01) Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) is located at Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Graduates may be eligible for discipline relevant Masters and/or Doctoral level programmes.

Last updated September 2019

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