20 credits at level HE5
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential concepts and principles of the civil engineering discipline through developing an appreciation of the planning and management functions in construction, producing, analysing, manipulating and interrogating construction programmes using a range of established techniques both manually and in computer workshops.
Interrogating the resource base of the construction phase and examining the economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of engineering judgement.
Analysing the contribution of parties in the construction process to a safe working environment.
Developing personal, transferrable skills such as communication, problem-solving and IT skills relevant to management in the construction industry and of value in a wide range of situations.
Communications systems (Individual & Group exercises); Temporary site layout & organisation (Group exercises); Materials management and Site Waste Management Plans including environmental considerations. (25%)
Planning and programming (including tutorial sessions): pre-tender planning and tender production, contract planning, long and short term, preparation of construction programme , gantt charts, arrow diagrams, precedence diagrams, resource scheduling, smoothing and levelling, time:cost optimisation, line of balance; construction programming software - MS Project. (60%)
Overview of the framework of relevant health & safety legislation and the process of risk assessment. (15%)
Learning sessions will include lectures, but will also involve individual and group exercises, tutorial sessions and case studies where appropriate. There will be opportunity for group discussion, and there will also be computer workshops.
Indicative Learning Hours
Lectures 38 hours
Tutorials 10 hours
Computer Session 4 hours
Assessment Preparation 48 hours
Self Study 100 hours
TOTAL 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have knowledge of management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives.||Discuss and justify optimum methods of communication for various practical scenarios whilst understanding and overcoming the barriers to effective communication. Demonstrate a competence in the management of meetings & meetings strategy.|
|2.||Understanding of commercial and economic context of engineering processes.||Understand the processes of tender preparation, site layout & organisation, cost-effective materials management (including SWMP requirements) and produce construction programmes that model appropriate logic from given constraints and dependencies. Investigate project time acceleration by undertaking a time-cost optimisation procedure.|
|3.||Apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to your engineering discipline, in order to solve engineering problems.||
Utilise a range of current analytical techniques to determine project duration, critical path of activities and compute different types of float available then Interrogate the consequences of programme variances arising from a combination of internal and external influences.
|4.||Demonstrate an awareness of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities including personnel, health, safety & risk (including environmental risk) issues.||Analyse the contribution of parties in the construction process to a safe working environment and apply the requirements of current appropriate health & safety legislation through conducting appropriate risk assessments.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment involving responses to set problems integrating across the individual subject areas as appropriate.||Assessment involving responses to set questions integrating across the individual topic areas as appropriate.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Winch, G. M. (2010) Managing Construction Projects. 2nd Edition. Oxford. Blackwell Science
Harris, F., Edum-Fotwe, F. and McCaffer, R. (2006) Modern Construction management. 6th Edition. Oxford. Blackwell
Pilcher, R. (1992) Principles of Construction Management. 3rd Edition. London. McGraw Hill
Summerhayes, S. (2008) CDM Regulations Procedures Manual. 3rd Edition. Oxford. Blackwell
Cooke, B. and Williams, P. (2009) Contract Planning, Programming and Control. 3rd Edition. Chichester. Wiley Blackwell.
Sears, S. K., Keoki, S., Sears,G. A. and Clough, R.H. (2008) Construction Project Management - A practical guide to field construction management. 5th Edition. Hoboken. Wiley
Griffith, A. and Watson, P. (2004) Construction Management - Principles and Practice. Basingstoke. Palgrave Macmillan
Emmitt, S. and Gorse, C. A. (2003) Construction Communication. Oxford. Blackwell
Howarth, T. and Watson P. (2009) Construction Safety Management. Chichester. Wiley Blackwell.
Rowlinson, S. (2004) Construction Safety Management Systems. London. Spon
|Host Subject Group:||Civil Engineering|
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