Quality in Construction

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Quality in Construction is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Curtin University. The unit’s central focus is on providing you with a multi-disciplinary understanding of how quality is measured in the construction trade, adhering to the standards set out by construction associations. On completion of the unit, you will able to interpret and communicate these principles, in order to employ them in a professional context.

To begin with, you will learn how to define and explain quality in terms of the construction industry through studying its background and history. Following this, you will explore the basics of quality improvement, with regard to customers, processes and systems. Additionally, you will cover the more technical aspects of the building trade such as ISO 9000, ISO 9001, and Lean Six Sigma.

Ultimately, upon completion of this unit, you will have an intimate understanding of the approved ways of defining and measuring quality within construction projects. Equipped with this knowledge, you will be able to ensure the consistent up-keep of quality across the projects you work on in your professional career.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit; level 3 units assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area. In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management)

Areas of study

In this Quality in Construction unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to unit – defining and explaining quality
  • Overview of building industry performance and the need for improvement, causes of quality related building failures
  • The background and development of quality management
  • The concept of inveterate waste and quality costs
  • Customers, processes and systems
  • Quality improvement
  • Effective teams and organisational culture
  • The ISO organisation and ISO quality management system standards (ISO 9000 and ISO 9001)
  • The components of quality management systems
  • Documenting and implementing quality management systems, including quality audits and certification
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Benchmarking

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Construction practitioners live and die by the quality of their work. If any structure is not up to standard, it risks being torn down – destroying profits, not to mention reputation. Consequently, it is essential that construction firms hire people with expertise in maintaining standards to ensure projects go to plan. From an employer’s perspective, a qualification in this area proves that you have the exact skills they need to continue doing great work.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Quality in Construction from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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