Managing Construction Projects

Overview and aims

The module introduces you to project environments in which the construction industry operates. Its aims are to enable you to:

  • critically evaluate a range of potential project environments and the consequences of operating within those environments
  • develop competencies in the application of management to both the overall process of project management and to specific stages within that process, including knowledge and understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues in the construction process
  • acquire skill in project definition, planning, implementation and completion

Module content

  • The contextual setting of projects. Project management systems as determined by the criteria of parameters such as time, cost, quality, safety and environment. The implications of off-site and on-site management of construction projects
  • Project definition and project implementation. Project start-up, constructability, strategies, mechanisation. Capacity, logistics, production, productivity, purchasing and supply
  • The operational planning the project in terms of time, cost, quality, welfare, safety and environment. The use of information technology
  • Project close-down. Commissioning, documentation, handover, final settlement, project audit

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • critically evaluate project definition, tender and bidding requirements from the client, designer, constructor and legal perspectives, and the implications for constructors
  • define, analyse and critically evaluate/plan projects in terms of time, cost, quality, welfare, safety and environment, including the use of information technology
  • identify and critically discuss project close-down procedures.

This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:

  • collect and integrate information and data from various sources
  • analyse, evaluate and interpret complex factual information and relevant issues in a systematic, critical and creative manner, and evaluate alternative processes and/or measure against relative criteria; making logical recommendations based on analysis, information and circumstances
  • identify, define, critically evaluate and propose solutions to complex problems, including generation of new ideas, innovations, and concepts where appropriate
  • effectively communicate information, ideas and concepts in a clear and articulate style, including the use of information technologies and systems where appropriate
  • develop and use personal skills and competencies to enable effective individual and team working, applying ethical and professional values to the work environment
  • use a range of contemporary electronic methods in a critical, creative and innovative way, and use complex subject specific specialist software to communicate nationally and internationally
  • gain a critical appreciation of the flexibility needed to manage projects.

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