Programme Content

                

 

 

Introduction

This programme will equip you with the skills in planning, coordination and control of a built project. You'll explore the developments in urban cities, the construction of residential and commercial properties, and the renovation of elements of the built environment. 


Australia-specific contents may not be applicable to HK students


Programme Features

Professional recognition 
This programme is accredited by representative professional bodies in the field in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, including: 

  • The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) (Quantity Surveying Division); 

  • The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) ; 

  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); and 

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 

 

Modules

This programmme is equivalent to the 3rd and 4th years of the RMIT Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours) degree with an entry point to the programme appropriate for Higher Diploma and Associate Degree graduates from relevant fields.

Each academic year consists of 3 trimesters and the programme is delivered in full-time mode over 6 trimesters and part-time mode over 8 trimesters.  There are a total of 192 credit points in the programme.  The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials / workshops and online components taught by both RMIT and SHAPE staff.

The programme structure consists of the following 16 modules:

Introduction to Construction Processes

This course focuses on the process of procuring a building or structure, and you will examine the process of construction in its historical, economic and practice-based contexts. In this course you will also examine the different forms of communication that take place between the parties involved in the procurement process, including contracts, specifications and drawings.

Managing for Sustainability

In this course you will be exposed to different views on the sustainability debate in relation to the environment, industry, economic issues & triple bottom line and sustainable management. It includes examination of ethics and ethical behaviour, managing staff for longevity within the organisation and sustainability in professional activity.

Building Science

This course will introduce you to the science of building design and construction. You will develop your knowledge of building design principles and how design and actual construction impacts on building performance. The focus of the course is on how buildings interact with the environment.

Cost Planning and Tendering

This course will introduce you to the processes and procedures of cost planning as a cost control tool in the pre-construction process. You will examine the impact of design on the capital and life cycle cost of buildings, and develop your understanding of the market process in the construction industry. This course will foster your appreciation of bidding strategies and build your understanding of the relationship and differences between the cost planning and tendering processes.

Construction Contract Law

This course will develop your skills and knowledge within the specialised area of construction contract law. The objectives of this course are to develop your critical understanding of construction contract legislation, and your ability to apply construction contract legal principles to practice. 

Management and Leadership for Construction

This course will introduce you to key aspects of management and leadership in a construction environment. The objectives of this course are to develop your understanding of general management theories and their application in the construction industry. You will also develop your knowledge of organisational structure, leadership approaches and team dynamics and supply chain management.

Construction, Planning and Design 2

This course prepares you apply construction theory in professional practice scenarios. The objectives of this course are to: develop your understanding of how construction techniques, measurement and estimating, and process planning are applied to a medium density building; integrate and apply skills and knowledge developed so far in the Construction Management program to solve problem-based industry scenarios; address issues faced by the industry in areas of construction risk with a focus on building services, environmental management and compliance.

Construction Contract Administration (CEF Module) 

(CEF code: 31Z121571)

This course will equip you with skills to administer contractual issues arisen from the construction projects. The objectives of this course are to develop the skills and knowledge required to assess interim payments, variations, extension of time applications, loss and expenses claims; and to prepare professional reports in relation to insurance, bonds, determination of contractor’s employment and final accounts.

Structures and Materials 2

The objectives of this course are to: develop your knowledge and understanding of: basic design principles which apply to the use of concrete and composite materials; develop your understanding of key construction techniques which apply to high-rise construction, including basement construction techniques and develop your understanding and ability to utilise construction technologies and materials applicable to the construction of a high-rise building.

Research Methods for the Built Environment

This course introduces you to research methods and theoretical concepts that are widely used in Construction, Property & Valuation and Project Management research. In developing your research capability, you will also develop skills in discussing and debating concepts relevant to these areas.

Industrial Environment (CEF Module) 

(CEF code: 31Z121598)

The objectives of this course are to: develop your knowledge of the complexity of the construction industry, and how its various groups protect and influence it; develop your ability to analyse and discuss current economic, environmental, political and social issues across the state, federal and international contexts; and develop an appreciation of interest groups, institutions, professions, political parties, unions, business and industries, and how these work, and are understood, within the construction industry.

Building Measurement and Estimating

This course is designed to develop the techniques required to measure, quantify and cost construction work. You will be introduced to the measurement rules as stipulated in the Standard Methods of Measurement. Furthermore, it will develop your understanding of the tender documentation.

Research Practice 1

This course builds on your learning from Research Methods for the Built Environment. You will further develop and apply your understanding of the research process, including the research methodology, and expand your knowledge of your research topic, which includes your knowledge of the related theory.

Construction Planning and Design 3 (CEF Module) 

(CEF code: 31Z12158A)

The objectives of this course are to develop the knowledge and skills required to produce detailed and accurate industry documentation, including tender submissions for large urban projects.

Construction Specialisation

The objectives of this course are to develop your skills and knowledge so that you will be able to: critically engage in current issues within the construction industry; undertake independent research within a specialised field in construction management; and contribute to professional discussions in construction management.

Research Practice 2

This course builds on your learning from Research Practice 1. You will further develop and apply your understanding of the research process, and expand and deepen your knowledge of your research topic and its relation to industry and scholarship. Under the guidance of your lecturer and/or an academic supervisor from within the School, you will apply your research knowledge and skills to further progress and complete your systematic research inquiry.

For part-time mode only. This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5). 

 

Assessment

Assignment, laboratory exercise, project work and final examination.

 

 

Recognition

Professional Recognition

 

 

 

 

 

The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) (Quantity Surveying Division) as a cognate degree programme for admission to Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

 

 

The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)

 

 

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

 

 

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

 

 

 

QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 16/000243/L5 
Validity Period : 01/09/2015 - 10/09/2023*

 

Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

Employment
  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

 

* This programme is in the process of seeking re-accreditation by the HKCAAVQ. The re-accreditation is subject to final approval of the HKCAAVQ. 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Candidates will have successfully completed one of the following qualifications from the institutions indicated below, and will have achieved an average grade of C+ (or equivalent GPA) or better: 

The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) 

  • Higher Diploma in Building Studies* 
  • Higher Diploma in Surveying* 

* Higher Diploma programmes using HKCEE / HKALE / HKDSE results or equivalent as general admission requirements. 
 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

  • Higher Diploma in Building Technology and Management (Engineering) 
  • Higher Diploma in Building Technology and Management (Surveying) 

City University of Hong Kong 

  • Associate of Science in Construction Engineering and Management 
  • Associate of Science in Surveying (Building Surveying) 
  • ​​​​​​​Associate of Science in Surveying (Quantity Surveying) 

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

 

English Proficiency Requirements

Successful completion of a 2-year Higher Diploma; OR a 2-year Associate Degree; OR at least the equivalent of a 2-year tertiary programme of at least Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5 within the past 5 years where English is the language of instruction and assessment;

OR

IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0; OR TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); OR RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Advanced Plus; OR equivalent.
 

 

 

"Throughout my learning journey, the academic staff of the Construction Management programme had provided generous support to my study and career planning. Though I’ve graduated from RMIT University for some years, my relationship with the school never fades. Their support continues, offering me advice on tackling challenges in the workplace."

Douglas Au

Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours)​, RMIT University

  • Associate Degree in Surveying at City University of Hong Kong

  • Senior Cost Engineer, Arcadis Hong Kong Ltd. 

  • Registered Professional Surveyor (Quantity Surveying)​

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)​

 

Fees & Funding

Fees

  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$179,500 by 6 (FT) or 8 (PT) instalments 
     (FT students: deduct up to HK$33,200 via NMTSS; PT students: deduct up to HK$25,000 via CEF)


The tuition fee is as low as HK$73,100 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$179,500 - NMTSS HK$66,400 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).


Scholarships

A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students.

 


Financial Aids 
The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:


Financial Assistance Schemes
 
Amount (HK$)  FT Mode PT Mode
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,200 per year 
[AY2022/23]

Y

--


Continuing Education Fund (CEF)  Up to $25,000* --


Y

Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)

[AY2022/23]

Y --
Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year Y

--

Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year -- Y


For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.


 

Career Prosepcts/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

Many of our graduates are employed soon after graduation in different fields relevant to construction aspects, such as quantity surveying, cost control and project management.  Many of them have obtained professional membership in the construction industry and admitted to Master’s Degree. 

Sr Dr Ken Hui (right), a lecturer of the programme, met two graduates,
Victor Li (left) and Darren Yip at a networking event. 


Douglas Au (right), a Senior Cost Engineer, an alumnus of the
programme, shared his tips and tricks for taking professional exams with
Kaylee Li – a recent graduate.

Victor Li – Project CoordinatorConstruction Company

l   MCIOB, PgCert BE

l   HKU MSc student

 

 

Darren Yip – Quantity Surveyor, Consulting Firm

l   MHKIS, MCIArb, LLMArbDR, NEC4 ECC Accredited Project Manager

 


Douglas Au – Senior Cost Engineer, Consulting Firm 

l   MHKIS, MAIQS, MRICS, MCIOB, CCBM

l   MSc, HKU PhD candidate

 

 

Kaylee Li – Quantity Surveyor, Construction Company

l   RMIT graduate

l   HKIS Probationer Member

 



Further Studies

Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

 

Student Awards

Student Awards
 

 

Connect with Us

Enquiries

Programme Coordinator

Dr. Tony Tang 

Tel. no.

2835 4855 

Email

tmtang@vtc.edu.hk

 

 

General Enquiries

Ms. Alice Au 

Tel. no.

2835 7472 

Email

mh-shape@vtc.edu.hk 



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Registration No. : 212256. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.