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Conference Paper

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Chan, T. (April, 2011). The teaching of corporate construction management. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference for Australian University Building Educators, Bond University, Gold Coast.


This paper describes the case method approach as a supplementary tool for teaching Corporate Construction Management – a core subject for the Master of Construction Management degree at Melbourne School of Design. The case method of instruction has been found to be an extremely successful method of learning at top business schools and is introduced here to develop case analysis skills. The aim of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of the course design and determine the student and instructor attributes that may lead to better learning outcomes. Four cases were selected to reflect the issues covered in the lectures and to present a mix of commercial, financial and operational concerns. Although the students were initially reluctant to adequately prepare for case discussion, their attitude changed when they became more familiar with the case method. The role of the instructor in case teaching is not to prescribe a solution but to encourage the students to take ownership of the discussion and to guide the students in their search for an answer. The effectiveness of the case approach in facilitating student learning and developing students’ ability to analyse complex issues in construction management is discussed.



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