CIVIL 707 : Construction Supply Chain Management


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Advanced topics in construction supply chain management such as construction logistics, buffer management, relational contracts and behavioural dimensions, analytical models for construction, information technologies and sustainable supply chains. Independent research is undertaken by developing individual research projects in which students study logistics and supply chain problems by analysing real production scenarios or the current literature available in this topic.

Course Overview

Construction Supply Chain Management is critical to the success of any project and must address the challenges distinct to the industry which include a high degree of uniqueness from project to project, as well as the often temporal nature of demand and supply relationships.
Construction Supply Chain Management can be separated into the following two categories, both of which will be covered in this course:
1. Practical Site Logistics
Site logistics is concerned with the creation of a productive and ecient work-ow on site. This involves planning and organisation of the following:
  • Site layout, mobilisation and establishment
  • Site access and temporary utilities
  • Necessary plant
  • Ecient material handling
  • Day-to-day management of the site, including Health and Safety
2. Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management in the context of construction involves the strategic management of the project, procurement and supply of labour and material resources, and the stake-holder relationships and information ows necessary to facilitate this.
The course will cover the practical management of on-site logistics, as well as oer an introduction to approaches and principles such as construction sustainability, utilisation of information technology, as well as management philosophies such as LEAN which have their origins in the manufacturing and software development industries.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Implement efficient construction site logistics, including site establishment and mobilisation, selection of appropriate plant and equipment, material and storage handling and managing health and safety throughout the supply chain. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 5.1 and 6.1)
  2. Understand and critically evaluate the implications of on-site logistics on cost, design and schedule. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.2 and 5.1)
  3. Understand and appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of prefabrication and how to manage the supply chain and logistics of off-site manufacture. (Capability 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 6.1)
  4. Understand and apply alternative approaches for strategic management of stakeholder relationships and construction supply chain management. (Capability 1.1 and 6.1)
  5. Appreciate and manage impact of efficient construction logistics on environmental sustainability. (Capability 1.1 and 2.1)
  6. Gain an appreciation of best practice for the successful management of construction projects. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 6.1)
  7. Have an awareness of the latest technological and sustainable advances in the field of construction. (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 6.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, 10 hours  of tutorials, 50 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 66 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will available as recordings.

The course will include live online events including group discussions.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

There are no prescribed textbooks for this course. References will be suggested or provided during the duration of the course.

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. Should any further activities, other than traditional lectures and tutorials, be arranged such as site visits , a Health and Safety assessment for the specic activity will be carried out with the implementation of necessary procedures to mitigate any identied hazards and risks.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

There was insufficient response to the SET survey, meaning no detailed report was provided.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 22/11/2023 06:44 a.m.