Bachelor of Construction (Level 7)
Bachelor of Construction (Level 7)

Bachelor of Construction (Level 7)

Bachelor of Construction (Level 7)

Study the Bachelor of Construction and get practical experience in construction practices, building services, construction methodologies and more. You can choose to major in Construction Management, Project Management or Quantity Surveying.

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Key Details
Invercargill
Qualification:
Degree
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Duration:

Three years full-time

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2023 Semester 1: 07 February to 30 June

2023 Semester 2: 19 June to 10 November

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs $1,460.20(Y1), $1,625.80(Y2) & $968.00(Y3) (GST inclusive).

International Fees can be found here.

The Bachelor of Construction will prepare you for a career at any level in the construction industry.

You will learn and get practical experience in construction practices and technology, building services, health and safety management, construction methodologies and more. The student will have the opportunuty to do an industry project to gain practical experience.

Tailor your degree to your career goals by choosing one of three specialisations: 

  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying

The Bachelor of Construction aims to develop graduates who have the intellectual rigour, skills and capability needed by construction professionals.

The qualification is aimed at secondary students who have achieved the requisite entrance qualifications, at recent certificate or diploma graduates (in Architectural Technology or Construction or Project Management or Quantity Surveying) wishing to undertake a degree programme of study, and at people working in the construction industry wishing to obtain a more senior position.

It will be of interest to building inspectors, building practitioners, construction managers, contract supervisors, project managers, and quantity surveyors.

Public and private sector organisations employing graduates will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Become proficient in areas such as:

Year One - Common Compulsory

BCON510 Construction Economics and Environment

Students will be introduced to the built environment, construction economics and measurement systems in the construction industry.

BCON520 Construction Estimation

Students will gain an understanding of the processes involved in preparing a tender submission for construction of a small building.

BCON530 Construction Measurement

Students will be introduced to measurement of building works and to quantity surveying documentation.

BCON540 Construction Technology 1

Students will be introduced to construction methodology and inherent risks with construction methods for residential buildings.

BCON550 Health and Safety Management

Students will develop a working knowledge of health and safety management in a construction context.

BCON560 Information Communication

Students will develop oral, written and interpersonal communication skills that are focused on delivering effective advice and recommendations in a construction context.

BCON570 Legislation and the Construction Industry

Students will gain an understanding of the New Zealand legal system and the application of specific laws to the construction industry.

BCON580 Materials Science

Students will develop knowledge of the use and application of materials, and their properties across a range of applications in construction and building contexts.

Year Two - Common Compulsory

BCON600 Level 6 Project

Students will research, plan and present a report on a focused area of study in construction management or project management or quantity surveying.

BCON610 Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation

Students will develop skills in the fundamentals of dispute resolution in the construction industry using techniques of negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

BCON620 Building Services

This paper will enable students to expand and build on their knowledge of the principles of services and facilities contained within residential and commercial buildings.

BCON630 Construction Technology 2

Students will develop knowledge of construction technology and methodologies from establishment through to completion of commercial projects

BCON640 Economics of Construction

Students will develop knowledge and skills required to apply financial concepts to early stages of construction projects.

BCON650 Project Management

Students will develop a working knowledge of project management in a construction context.

Year Two - Compulsory for Construction Management  

BCON660 Construction Practices

Students will develop an overall understanding of all aspects of industry standard construction methods and practices for a large construction site.

BCON675 Planning and Scheduling Projects

Students will develop higher level skills in the practice of construction project planning, programming, scheduling and risk analysis.

Year Two - Compulsory for Project Management           

BCON690 Risk Management

The student will analyse and manage risk in construction projects, using robust analytical processes and tools

BCON675 Planning and Scheduling Projects

Students will develop higher level skills in the practice of construction project planning, programming, scheduling and risk analysis.

Year Two - Compulsory for Quantity Surveying              

BCON680 Measurement and Estimation 1

Students will develop skills in measurement and scheduling of commercial construction works utilising standard systems of measurement and software packages.

BCON685 Design Economics and Cost Planning

Students will develop knowledge and skills required to apply advanced financial concepts to early stages of construction projects.

Year Three - Common Compulsory  

BCON700 Level 7 Project

Students will undertake and report on a project in construction management or project management or quantity surveying.

BCON710 Building Information Modelling and Communication

Students will apply the principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to collaborative inter-disciplinary design and construction of buildings, using a range of communication strategies.

BCON720 Contracts and Management 1

Students will apply principles of construction contract management from feasibility to completion.

BCON750 Sustainable Technology and Construction Methodologies

Students will develop knowledge of sustainable technology as applied to residential and commercial construction

BCON765 Legislation and Compliance

Students will develop knowledge of construction law and professional standards.

Year Three - Compulsory for Construction Management   

BCON760 Health and Safety in Construction

Students will extend their knowledge of health and safety management in a construction context.

BCON730 Employment Law and Relations

Students will develop knowledge of employment law and management of employment relations within a construction context.

Year Three - Compulsory for Project Management        

BCON740 Quality Management

Students will apply the theory and practice of quality assurance and reliability to a construction project.

BCON730 Employment Law and Relations

Students will develop knowledge of employment law and management of employment relations within a construction context.

Year Three - Compulsory for Quantity Surveying           

BCON770 Measurement and Estimation 2

Students will develop knowledge of measurement systems and use software packages to undertake measurement and construction scheduling for construction works.

BCON790 Contracts and Management 2

Students will apply principles of advanced construction contract management for various construction projects.

Year Three - Electives

(Choose one)

BCON660 Construction Practices

Students will develop an overall understanding of all aspects of industry standard construction methods and practices for a large construction site.

BCON670 Management Accounting and Finance

Students will gain the knowledge and skills to report results of financial analysis and apply this knowledge to evaluating proposals and to scheduling and revising project costs.

BCON675 Planning and Scheduling Projects

Students will develop higher level skills in the practice of construction project planning, programming, scheduling and risk analysis.

BCON680 Measurement and Estimation 1

Students will develop skills in measurement and scheduling of commercial construction works utilising standard systems of measurement and software packages.

BCON685 Design Economics and Cost Planning

Students will develop knowledge and skills required to apply advanced financial concepts to early stages of construction projects

BCON690 Risk Management

The student will analyse and manage risk in construction projects, using robust analytical processes and tools.

BCON695 Strategic Management

Students will apply strategic management principles to simulated and actual business situations to develop their critical thinking skills

BCON730 Employment Law and Relations

Students will develop knowledge of employment law and management of employment relations within a construction context.

BCON740 Quality Management

Students will apply the theory and practice of quality assurance and reliability to a construction project.

BCON755 Entrepreneurship and Development

Students will develop skills in property and commercial developments utilising entrepreneurial expertise.

BCON760 Health and Safety in Construction

Students will extend their knowledge of health and safety management in a construction context.

BCON770 Measurement and Estimation 2

Students will develop knowledge of measurement systems and use software packages to undertake measurement and construction scheduling for construction works.

BCON780 Relationships, Influence and Leadership

Students will recognise their role in influencing decision makers and understand how to use influential tactics

BCON785 Research and Innovation Project

Students will research and report on an area of innovation in construction management or project management or quantity surveying.

BCON660 Construction Practices

Students will develop an overall understanding of all aspects of industry standard construction methods and practices for a large construction site.

BCON670 Management Accounting and Finance

Students will gain the knowledge and skills to report results of financial analysis and apply this knowledge to evaluating proposals and to scheduling and revising project costs.

BCON675 Planning and Scheduling Projects

Students will develop higher level skills in the practice of construction project planning, programming, scheduling and risk analysis.

BCON680 Measurement and Estimation 1

Students will develop skills in measurement and scheduling of commercial construction works utilising standard systems of measurement and software packages.

BCON685 Design Economics and Cost Planning

Students will develop knowledge and skills required to apply advanced financial concepts to early stages of construction projects.

BCON690 Risk Management

The student will analyse and manage risk in construction projects, using robust analytical processes and tools.

BCON730 Employment Law and Relations

Students will develop knowledge of employment law and management of employment relations within a construction context.

BCON740 Quality Management

Students will apply the theory and practice of quality assurance and reliability to a construction project.

BCON755 Entrepreneurship and Development

Students will develop skills in property and commercial developments utilising entrepreneurial expertise.

BCON760 Health and Safety in Construction

Students will extend their knowledge of health and safety management in a construction context.

BCON770 Measurement and Estimation 2

Students will develop knowledge of measurement systems and use software packages to undertake measurement and construction scheduling for construction works.

BCON780 Relationships, Influence and Leadership

Students will recognise their role in influencing decision makers and understand how to use influential tactics.

BCON785 Research and Innovation Project

Students will research and report on an area of innovation in construction management or project management or quantity surveying.

Possible employers in the public sector include government departments, local authorities, and educational institutions.

Possible employers in the private sector include construction companies, consultancies, and infrastructure service companies. Graduates may also work in private practice.

After graduation (and further work experience in some cases) possible jobs include Building Estimator, Building Inspector, Construction Economist, Construction Manager, Contract Manager, Project Manager, Property Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Site Manager and Team Leader.

Please refer to the graduate profiles at https://www.sit.ac.nz/Courses/Construction?campusId=1 (bottom of page)

Refer to Long Term Skill Shortage List published by Immigration NZ for relevant occupations.

Students will have achieved NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements including:

  • Three subjects at Level 3, each with a minimum of 14 credits from NZQA’s list of approved subjects (normally including a mathematics subject and a science or technology subject), and
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, or
  • Completed the New Zealand Diploma in Construction or equivalent

Mature Applicants (20 years of age and above) 

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, mature aged applicants who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided they have successfully completed an approved course or programme, or have relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following: 

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A¬ level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or

Trinity College  London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and  with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years  preceding the proposed date of enrolment

Degree at Level 7

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination -B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS 
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

The Bachelor of Construction is ideal for:

  • secondary students who have achieved the required entrance qualifications and aspire to highly skilled positions in the construction industry,
  • a recent certificate or diploma graduate (in Architectural Technology or Construction or Project Management or Quantity Surveying) who wishes to continue studying to develop more advanced skills and knowledge
  • people working in the construction industry wishing to obtain a more senior position.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if they live at some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview. Applicants may be required to provide copies of applicable certificates and evidence of previous achievements prior to the interview date.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Construction students will have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule. The total credit value of the Bachelor of Construction is 360 credits. Graduates of the bachelors degree are entitled to use the letters BConstr after their names.

Please note – students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement.

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