Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) (Quantity Surveying)

Location

Online 

Duration
Part-time variable | A two year full-time option (46 weeks per year including 6 weeks study break) will be available later in 2020
Delivery

Delivered through the TANZ eCampus. Online activities - readings, discussion forums, research tasks and fact finding. Study will be mainly self-directed and is flexible to suit your needs.

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
Monthly
Apply
Anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Online (TANZ)
    20 April 2020

You can take the lead in construction!

Have you been on the tools for years? Do you know the construction sector inside out and are ready to take that next step in your career? Perhaps the construction sector is in your blood and you want to take more of a lead or project management role. This Diploma will give you the practical skills and knowledge to take that next step.

You will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to give your employer or client the confidence that their residential or commercial construction project is in competent hands and will be effectively planned, organised and delivered on budget according to NZ legislation, codes of practice and standards. 

By studying online with TANZ eCampus, you can fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle – there is no need to be a full-time student; you can work and earn. All study is completely online – with supportive facilitators and advisors to help you along the way. However, if you do want to study full-time, you can enrol on more than one course at a time. 

Prefer to study this face-to-face? No problem. We offer this programme at the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus.

Who is this for?

If you’re already working in the residential or commercial construction sector and you want to take on more responsibility and challenge, or maybe you want more formal acknowledgement and recognition of your existing skill base, then this programme is for you.

Alternatively, you could be a school leaver with a passion for the sector who wants to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the wide range of roles and opportunities available

Career opportunities  

Quantity Surveyors and Construction Management professionals work with clients, architects, engineers, consultants, and local authorities to complete construction projects.

Quantity Surveyors

Quantity Surveyors can budget, price, and financially administer construction projects. Typical roles include Consultants, Estimators, Contract Administrators, and Contract Managers. With experience, quantity surveying can lead into the fields of project management, commercial management, and dispute resolution.

Construction Managers

Construction Management focus on planning and managing time, resources, quality and health and safety. They are less focused on financial management than quantity surveyors.

On completion of this qualification, you could be ready to take on a variety of careers within the construction sector. You will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in commercial or residential construction roles as construction manager or quantity surveyor (dependent on the strand of study). 

What will I learn? 
  • Understand the construction sector regulatory environment 

The construction sector is highly regulated and structured to ensure the safety and compliance of staff working on site and the structural integrity of the end build. All on site staff working within a project management role must have extensive knowledge of the regulatory environment and the requirement for compliance. You will gain this knowledge through the course, providing you, your employer and your client with peace of mind around compliance. 

  • Choosing the right materials to meet budget and contractual requirements 

There is a huge range of decisions required every step of the way during the construction process. Products need to be evaluated and materials selected that meet specifications, budgets and regulations. You need to know that the techniques you employ are appropriate for delivery. Learn how to analyse, select and administer construction contracts and materials and finishes to meet client and design specifications. 

  • Make informed decisions to ensure effective resource allocation 

Learn how to make informed and effective decisions around construction resource allocation and programming of construction activities throughout every stage and step of the build. Gain the confidence to know your decisions are right and based on good practice and accepted technique. 

  • Learn about construction plans and methodologies (Construction Management) 

If pursuing the construction strand, you will have the opportunity to learn the skill of creating technical sketches to communicate information in a relevant and informed way and also have a focus on the development of construction plans and methodologies. These are essential learnings for anyone wanting to succeed in this chosen sector. 

  • Accommodating all cost components (Quantity Surveying) 

Construction management is not just about on time and quality delivery, it’s also about understanding project feasibility and delivering an end product on budget. The quantity surveying strand will ensure you have the skills to manage project estimates, assemble quantity surveying documentation and collate pricing components for tenders. 

Entry requirements
  • A minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2, including: 
    • 12 credits in Maths, and
    • a minimum of 12 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1
  • OR be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes

Course descriptions

To gain this Diploma, you are required to complete the following: 

Core courses

Construction Management courses

Quantity Surveying courses

If an individual course is of interest – it is possible to complete a course and not a full qualification. 

To find out more about this pathway, call 0800 328 269 or enquire via the TANZ website >  

Programme structure 

Construction Management 

Course name

Credits

Total learning hours

Construction Technology: Small Buildings

1 x 30
OR
2 x 15 credits

300

Construction Technology: Medium and Large Buildings

1 x 30
OR
2 x 15 credits

300

Measurement

15

150

Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment

15

150

Estimating

15

150

Introduction to Dispute Resolution

15

150

Programming

15

150

Procurement and Tendering

15

150

Contact Administration

15

150

Quality Assurance and Site Safety

15

150

People Management

15

150

Applied Project Management

15

150

Construction Project

30

300

Quantity Surveying 

Course name

Credits

Total learning hours

Construction Technology: Small Buildings

1 x 30
OR
2 x 15 credits

300

Construction Technology: Medium and Large Buildings

1 x 30
OR
2 x 15 credits

300

Measurement

15

150

Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment

15

150

Estimating

15

150

Introduction to Dispute Resolution

15

150

Programming

15

150

Procurement and Tendering

15

150

Contact Administration

15

150

Advanced Measurement

15

150

Cost Planning

15

150

Value Management

15

150

Quality Assurance and Site Safety

15

150

Applied Project Management

15

150

Further study options

Upon successful completion of this diploma, you can gain direct entry to the final year of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) degree at Otago Polytechnic which you can study full-time (one year) or part-time (two to three years).

The degree will provide broader skills around business and construction law, and management so is geared towards a more senior level. Graduates would initially still enter the industry as Consultants, Estimators, Contract Administrators, or Contracts Managers. Then, upon gaining sufficient experience can apply for more senior positions, without first needing further study. 

Postgraduate study is available for degree graduates. Massey University offers a Master’s degree in Construction with majors in Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, and Construction Law. 

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.  

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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