The profile of students studying construction management is changing. In Australia, a buoyant construction industry is currently fuelling high student expectations. Job opportunities for graduates as well as for students as part-time employees are attractive. Students embarking on their studies come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their profile is significantly different from the early 1990’s when the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) program started at Newcastle University (Australia). This degree was conceived to meet the needs of the local building industry. It embraced problem based learning as its main tenet. Furthermore it was developed to be delivered to on-campus as well as to distance learners. Reviews by the accrediting bodies (the Australian Institute of Building and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveying) as well as the University have highlighted the need to respond to changed market requirements and student expectations. Over the past two and a half years the degree has been redeveloped to embrace blended delivery of courses to on campus as well as to distance learning students. This paper describes how the degree has evolved to respond to change conditions. It describes the manner in which e-learning has been harnessed to deliver innovative problem based learning curricula in mixed-mode to construction management students. The paper concludes with two initiatives adopted in the delivery of the programme.
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