20 credits at level HE5
This module aims to help the student to develop an understanding of Project Management as used in construction projects. This will include management theory and principles and develop personal skills relevant to management in the construction industry. It will also help to develop an appreciation of the planning function and outline methods of control of site resources.
The module will analyse the contribution of all parties in the construction process and provide the student with a knowledge of the law of contract and develop a comparative knowledge and understanding of the standard forms of contract and sub-contract used in the construction industry,
The module will also anaylise procurement methods and management techniques.
Management Theory and Principles:
Management pioneers. Management principles and processes e.g. forecasting, planning, organising, controlling, co-ordinating and communicating. Leadership, communication, motivation, team building and behaviour. Organisational structures, mission, strategy, planning. Roles of the various bodies and parties which contribute to the work of the construction industry e.g. employer and employee organisations, professional bodies, government and quasi-government departments, training and trade associations. Roles and responsibilities of members of the construction team. Multi-disciplinary, non adversarial working practices
Planning and programming, Resources & Financial control:
Contract planning, long and short term, programme preparation, gantt charts, arrow diagrams, resource scheduling and levelling, temporary site layout. Computer software
Labour payment systems and employment, control of plant, materials management and scheduling including environmental considerations
Control systems: budgets, costing, cash-flow, reconciliations.
Subcontractor procurement, management and control.
Standard Forms of Contract:
Law relating to the formation of valid contracts, illegal, void and voidable contracts, terms, conditions and warranties, limitation of liability, variation of terms, discharge and remedies for breach of contract. Implied terms or shadow terms. Standard forms of contract and sub-contract and their application.
The needs and roles of the client, contractor and professional advisor. Methods of procuring construction works. The effect of time, cost, quality and risk. Traditional systems, design and build, specification and drawings, management contracting, construction management. Modern methods of procurement – PFI, partnering, prime contracting etc
Assessment will involve the preparation of a programmes and plans for a case study project
Learning sessions will include lectures, but the format will mainly involve working through examples and case studies. There will be opportunity for group discussion, and there will also be computer workshops.
Indicative Learning Hours: Lectures and tutorials 70 hours
Coursework preparation 60 hours
Self Study 70 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 an in depth knowledge of Management Theory and Principles and the roles of different types of organisations and professional bodies in the construction process.||
Discuss management theory and the roles of construction indsutry bodies and professions and apply them to given scenarios.
|2.||Be able to prepare programmes and undertake strategic planning reviews for construction projects.
Undertake a logical flow of activities on programmes, sensible activity durations and
supporting strategy statements.
|3.||Be able to plan the mobilisation of labour, plant and materials for a construction project||
Allocate resources to programmes and resource levelling.
|4.||Be able to identify and apply the relevant health and safety legislation and safe working practices as they relate to construction activities
Demonstrate the relevance of health and safety plans to programmes
|5.||Be able to analyse client and contractor requirements and select appropriate methods of procurement, and contract types
||Select suitable procurement methods and contract types for a range of construction projects.|
|6.||Be able to present case study material to peers||Demonstrate presentation structure, content, use of visuals, defence of proposals|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Individual report (2,000 words)||2 hour un-seen examination||Individual presentation (10 mins)|
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:
Ashworth, A. (2001) Contractual Procedures in the Construction Industry, 4th Edition, Harlow. Longman
Pilcher, R (1992) Principles of Construction Management. Third edition. Berkshire. McGraw Hill
Illingworth, J.R., (2005) "Construction Methods and Planning", Second Edition E. & F.N. Spon, London.
Cooke, B. Williams P, (2008) "Construction Planning , Programming and Control" Third Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, London.
Forster, G., (2002) "Construction Site Studies. Production, Administration and Personnel", Longman, Essex.
CIOB, (1992) "Practice of Site Management Volumes 1 to 4.
CIOB, "Construction Information File".
Professional Journals and Trade Magazines.
Health and Safety Executive Construction Information Sheets.
|Host Subject Group:||Construction, Surveying, Architectural Technology|
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