20 credits at level HE6
A construction project is a venture, which will usually involve many different organisations with different skills and experiences. They will need to be directed and coordinated to provide a unique product, the completed project. This will usually need to be accomplished within a limited timescale and budget and often in an inhospitable environment. Success depends upon skilful project management.
Project definition; from inception to commissioning. Procurement options
Clients of construction, organisations and cultures, objectives and expectations
Role and specification. Project management organisations.
The Project Team
Selecting consultants for the team; differentiation and integration of project participants; systems management
Alternative project organisations
Design and management functions.
Production Management Techniques
Decision analysis, linear programming, sequencing, simulation, work study and incentives, computer applications relating to planning, programming and risk.
Learning sessions will include lectures, seminars and tutorials. Use will be made of case studies.
Indicative Learning Hours: Lectures 40 hours )
Tutorials 15 hours )
Debate/Seminars 15 hours ) Total Class Contact 70 hours
Group Work 15 hours
Coursework Preparation 15 hours
Self Study 100 hours
Total 200 hours
Assessment Method: Report and presentation; Essay; End-of-module examination
Rationale: The report will provide the student with the opportunity to:
research and gather information from various sources; reflect on, critically appraise and discuss the information; communicate the knowledge gained and the opinions developed in report format
The essay will provide the student with the opportunity to:
research and gather information from various sources; reflect on and critically appraise the information; develop a personal perspective; communicate the knowledge gained and the opinions developed in essay format.
The end-of-module examination will present the student with a range of problems, specifically designed for time constrained conditions, and will provide the student the opportunity to:
Consider various issues across the syllabus content and to exercise analytical and problem solving skills in their resolution.
The end of module examination will provide opportunity for the critical analysis of the scope and scale of the project and the selection of the managerial organisation
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have understanding of alternative project management arrangements
Evaluate and select a project management organisation appropriate for the project
|2.||Be familiar with the concept and use of value management in the construction project||Apply value management tools and techniques|
|3.||Have understanding of the role of alternative forms of procurement and appropriate team structure in the delivery of capital projects||
Analyse recent projects in terms of risk transfer, value for money, project organisation and project
|4.||Be familiar with production management techniques as an aid to decision making
||Use various production management techniques|
|5.||Be able to analyse and resolve production situations||Select and apply appropriate production management techniques|
|6.||Be able to organize the implementation of the project management process||Analyse the type of work to be carried out and selection of the appropriate managerial organisation|
|7.||Have the capacity to research and gather information from various sources
By content, references and bibliography, provide evidence of these capacities.
|8.||Be able to communicate effectively||By use of appropriate grammar and syntax, provide evidence of this ability.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 1200 word report on a subject specifically related to one element of module content.||A 1200 word essay on a subject specifically related to one element of module content.||3 hour end-of-module examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Construction Industry Council, (1996) Project Management Skills,
Kelly J & Male S. (1993)Value Management in Design and Construction.E &F Spon
Pilcher R (1992). Principles of Construction Management. McGraw –Hill,
Professional Institute Magazines
CIB (circa 1996a) Selecting consultants for the team : balancing quality and price. Construction Industry Board – working group 4.
CIC (circa 1996) A Guide to Quality Based Selection of Consultants : a key to design quality. London The Construction Industry Council.
CIOB (2002) Code of Project Management for Construction and Development, Ascot: CIOB
Walker, A. (2001) Project Management in Construction. 4th Edition. Blackwell Science.
Waterhouse (1994) A guide to project management – a CPD study pack. The College of Estate Management – available from CIOB library
Television Education Network (TEN) / RICS videos and study packs:
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