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Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics)

Want a career as a Quantity Surveyor? Find out how to evaluate and plan the cost of a construction project, manage payments and ensure the project is completed within budget.

Level
7
Credits
360 (3.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). International students: 3 years full-time.

Programme overview

The role of the Quantity Surveyor is diverse: evaluating subcontractor tenders and making recommendations to clients, managing construction costs and cash flows during the construction phase, and negotiating and agreeing on final project accounts. In the Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) you gain the skills to contribute to this exciting industry. Develop the technical skills and applied knowledge to ensure that construction projects are delivered to agreed budgets. Learn to undertake estimating and cost planning, and prepare tender documentation. In this programme you'll delve into learning about construction practice, team management, cost planning and advanced estimating techniques, tendering and design management.

Highlights

  • Great preparation for a career as a consultant quantity surveyor, a quantity surveyor or commercial manager for a construction company. These roles may lead to project management, company ownership, and other senior management positions.
  • Gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of the construction industry.
  • Application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes.
  • Close links with industry: our advisory boards include many experts who keep us up-to-date with industry trends, relevant legislation, and local, global and environmental issues.
  • Learn from experienced Lecturers who have/are working in the construction industry.
  • Meet and hear from guest lecturers who are leaders in their field.
  • In your final papers you'll undertake a major industry research project where you can integrate what you've learnt with practical experience.
  • Following  your shared compulsory papers (first 3 semesters) you'll then choose your major* from Property Development, Construction Economics or Construction Management. This allows you to get a good understanding of the general field first before you choose your direction.
  • *You may choose to  achieve a double major with slightly more coursework.

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide you can use to refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.

Qualification pathway

Once you've successfully completed this programme you'll receive a Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics). As a graduate of this programme you'll be eligible to become an accredited member of the following registered bodies:

  • The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS)
  • Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)

If English is not your first language please be aware that to enter into this programme, you'll need to have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years, such as IELTS. This applies to both new students and progressing students (including NZ Diploma in Construction graduates). 

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 12 credits in NCEA Level 2 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Building Science and Materials (CONS5016) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand the basic physical principles of the Built Environment and their relation to buildings materials performance and selection.
Technology 1 (CONS5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand construction systems suitable for simple industrial building construction within New Zealand.
Technology 2 (CONS5102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand construction systems suitable for low and medium density residential construction within New Zealand.
Technology 3 (CONS5103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore foundations and structural systems in multi-storey construction.
Technical Fundamentals (CONS5504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the basic techniques and systems involved in planning and estimating.
Team Management (CONS5505) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the people and processes involved in construction and to develop the skills required for effective interactions at an individual, group and organisational level within the construction industry.
Economic Principles (CONS5812) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore elements of economic theory and its application to the property and construction sector.
Property and Construction Law (CONS5818) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop an understanding of the legal context in which the construction and property industry operates.
Courses Credits Aim
Building Services (CONS6008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to develop knowledge of building services and their significance in the construction phase, including an examination of those used in commercial, multi-storey, and specialist buildings.
Technology 4 (CONS6104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the methods and characteristics of building envelope and fitout systems for multi-storey buildings.
Measurement and Estimation 1 (CONS6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to be able to quantify work to be done and prepare estimates of cost for simple buildings for cost modelling and bidding purposes.
Measurement and Estimation 2 (CONS6202) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to be able to conduct cost modelling processes and quantify work to be done and prepare estimates of cost for moderately complex work packages for bidding purposes.
Tendering (CONS6811) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to: Examine the components that make up a contractor’s tender and to compile typical tender submissions. Evaluate the risks associated with tendering and how bidding strategy can mitigate these risks.
Contract Administration (CONS6812) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply the principles of contract law to New Zealand standard forms of contract.
Procurement (CONS6817) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the relationship between a client’s strategic property needs and the procurement systems available to procure required capital works.
Development and Finance (CONS6906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the concept of property development and the concepts that underpin its management.
Courses Credits Aim
Measurement and Estimation 3 (CONS7203) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to be able to conduct cost modelling processes, quantify work to be done and prepare estimates of cost for moderately complex buildings for bidding purposes with a focus on building services and green buildings.
Measurement and Estimation 4 (CONS7204) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to be able to prepare estimates and provide professional advice on the cost of building construction.
Industry Project Part 1 (CONS7821) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine research literature and write a coherent, clearly structured, properly referenced literature analysis within the context of the property and construction industry.
Industry Project Part 2 (CONS7822) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine research approaches and conduct research within the context of the property and construction industry.
Courses Credits Aim
Construction Communications and Documentation (CONS5506) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop technical research skills along with oral, written, graphical and interpersonal communication skills required for effective interactions within the construction industry
English for Specific Purposes (EAPL5155) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To assist students of English as an Additional Language to engage with the content of an academic/professional/vocational field and to develop an ability to comprehend oral and written texts, and to use the language characteristics of the field.
Courses Credits Aim
Sustainable Design and Construction (CONS6007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply sustainable design and construction concepts to the built environment at domestic, commercial and industrial scale.
Planning and Organisation 1 (CONS6401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to plan and organise simple construction projects.
Planning and Organisation 2 (CONS6402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to plan and organise moderately complex construction projects.
Property Valuation (CONS6907) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine property valuation concepts and practices and their influence on property development
Courses Credits Aim
Planning and Organisation 3 (CONS7403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically analyse work sequencing to plan and manage construction work and manage construction work in complicated contexts
Planning and Organisation 4 (CONS7404) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the complexity of integrating the conflicting interests and demands, which must be managed on a construction project and to derive project plans while considering all the relevant factors required in the context of complex projects.
Integrated Design and Construction Management (CONS7418) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the processes for managing integration of the design and construction of commercial and industrial scale projects to achieve client needs, in a collaborative environment.
People Management (CONS7515) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse theories regarding the management of people and interpret those theories into application within the construction industry.
Urban Economics (CONS7817) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse urban development using economic theory as a framework and to use such analysis to evaluate property development markets.
Professional Business Management (CONS7820) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the strategic management of consultancy, construction or property businesses, and their business management models and practices.
Property Management (CONS7905) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand the issues which apply to the management of property and portfolios of property, including operations, maintenance, strategic asset management, and computer based systems for building information management.
Property Development (CONS7906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the property development process, using a project-based learning approach, focused through the production of a speculative project development submission.
Property Investment (CONS7908) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand the property investment industry as a customer of the property development industry.

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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

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Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects, 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Maths & English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, special & discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

3 YearsInfo Icon

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $7,278Info Icon $21,833Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $10,350Info Icon $31,050Info Icon
Total: $17,628Info Icon $52,883Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $58,441Info Icon
Earnings range $52,089 - $70,099Info Icon
In employment 83%Info Icon
In further study 18%Info Icon
On a benefit 2%Info Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.