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SURV460 Construction Management

Construction contracts and construction management for land development.

Construction management will be part of a graduate surveyor's future career. SURV 460 Construction Management continues students' education into project management, but with an emphasis on the aspects of construction management.

Paper title Construction Management
Paper code SURV460
Subject Surveying
EFTS 0.0667
Points 9 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $586.69
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PMAN 401 or PMAN 501
SURV 432
Schedule C
SURV 460 is an elective paper that is suitable for all graduates, but particularly those that are looking at undertaking engineering projects or project management.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Fraser Jopson
Paper Structure

The material covered in SURV 460 consists of three overriding themes:

  • Construction contracts and how they are made: the whole process from feasibility to completion
  • The roles of all associated with the contract: the principle, the contractor, the engineer
  • The administration of the contract
Teaching Arrangements

The course material is presented across a full semester.

Lectures introduce the content themes, point out the focus of learning and explain and highlight the key issues that need to be understood.

A knowledge of NZS 3910:2013 is expected, and students will read the entire standard to help with their understanding.

Tutorials are designed to occur at the completion of parts of the paper to reinforce the key issues that students have been introduced to. Tutorials also offer an active learning forum in which discussions are encouraged and student interaction is required.

Practical sessions have been designed to help with the completion of assignments.

Additional handouts of materials, which have been identified to help reinforce the lecture material, will be provided from time to time. The handouts will be from a range of sources, with emphasis on recent real-world examples.

Blackboard: All lecture notes will be made available on Blackboard. Also, Blackboard will be used as the main source of communication with the class.

Assessment: 100% internal (3 assignments and 2 tests)


The textbooks required for this paper are:

  • NZS 3910:2013 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering construction
  • A Guide to Construction Contracts
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this paper, students should:

  • Expand their knowledge and understanding of project management, with particular emphasis on construction management
  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of tender documents for construction contracts
  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of construction management for land development
  • Be introduced to and have knowledge of:
    • NZS 3910:2013 - Conditions of Contract for Building and Civil Engineering Constructions. Particular emphasis is given to understanding the specific and generic clauses contained within NZS 3910:2013, including the role of the engineer to a contract
    • The Construction Contracts Act 2002
    • The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41