Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Engineering Project Control

CSM80005   12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
48 Hours


PG Civil, Construction Management: Nil.
UG Civil/Engineering: 250 credit points 


Aims and learning outcomes

The aim of this unit is to introduce the techniques for establishing and maintaining control of an engineering project. 

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Describe the various forms of contract and project delivery mechanisms
  2. Describe and apply project administration requirements for prime contractors and sub-contractors –project meetings, project payments, project cost forecasting, contract variations, extensions of time
  3. Describe and apply the means and mechanisms of controlling project safety, quality, costs and schedules
  4. Formulate and/or specify suitable strategies, methods and tools/ techniques for project control

Unit information in detail

– Learning and teaching structures, content, assessment and general skill outcomes.

Learning and teaching structures

ActivityTotal HoursHours per WeekTeaching Period Weeks
Problem based Learning (PBL)150 Hours 12.5 hours Weeks 1 to 12

In a semester, you should normally expect to spend, on average, twelve and a half hours of total time (formal contact time plus independent study time) a week on a 12.5 credit point unit of study for the entire semester.


  • The nature of the construction industry
  • The phases of a project: Identification, planning, feasibility studies, preliminary engineering and detailed design phase, contracts and procurement phase, construction and commissioning phase (and parallel methods – FEED and FEL)
  • Control of project costs
  • Project programming and scheduling
  • Project Quality Control
  • Ensuring that safety comes first


Tasks and DetailsIndividual or GroupWeightingAssesses attainment
of these ULOs
Worksheets x 5Individual50% 1,2,3,4 
Presentations x 5Individual40% 1,2,3,4
Reflection x 5Individual10% 1,2,3,4 

Minimum requirements to pass this Unit

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all Unit Learning Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve an aggregate mark of 50% or more.

General skill outcomes

During this unit, students will receive feedback on the following key generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with Engineers but also the community at large
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to understand problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual in a project team, have the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the social. cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
  • Understanding the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and have a commitment to uphold these responsibilities
  • Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so

Study resources

– Resources and reference material.

Resources and reference material

Sufficient learning material will be given in the class and distributed via Blackboard.