Construction management deals with three different disciplines. There’s construction management itself, cost management, which we call quantity surveying, and we also teach regulatory quality management, which is building surveying. Everybody does all of those things, so everybody gets to understand what the other disciplines are doing, so whichever discipline you end up becoming, or specialising in, you’ll have a reasonable understanding of the other disciplines, and this is absolutely essential in construction, because it’s a collaborative enterprise. We’re not just re-tooling face-to-face learning. We are creating materials specifically to use online.
Every week is chunked down into discreet, sort of, bite-sized portions of learning, as you will. Students can take four courses in a year. If they’re studying part-time, they can take one course at a time, get that done, have a little break and then move on to the next course. It doesn’t have to be an isolating experience – and we don’t want it to be. If students get stuck, the easiest way to get unstuck is to communicate and we want to make sure that students do that, and we have made people available for them to communicate with. Online learning actually works very well with the industry itself. Projects are often delivered through online collaboration with one party in one city, and another party in another city, or another state, or even in another time zone of course, or even international. So, doing the degree and learning how to work in teams, in groups with your colleagues, your fellow students, online is good practise for that kind of work in the industry itself. Our educators aren’t ivory tower academics.
These are people who have been in the field and are bringing their expertise to the students. So these are the people who are writing the courses, alongside Academic Designers and the Digital Librarians who are helping them get it online. So that means students are going to get an authentic learning experience from people who know what they’re talking about. You may well be entitled to some credit, or recognised prior learning for work that you’ve done already, or even courses that you’ve done already. This would actually speed up the business of doing this degree.