Overview and aims
In this module you will explore business case appraisal and examine the key components of the procurement path that projects take from identification of a need through to team formation. You will explore ways to clarify stakeholder value and establish the key objectives embodied in the project in the business case and project execution plan. Constraints that can impact on the project will be considered to allow informed decisions to be made.
Successful project management requires a proactive approach to risk management; as such the module will introduce the key elements of a structured approach. In addition, approaches to procuring the design and construction of a project, including the selection of the project team, will be explored.
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ANDREW KING: I can't stress enough, that successful project management requires a proactive approach to managing risk. Indeed, you can consider this at the heart of the project manager's role. As such, we introduce the key elements of a structured approach before going on to consider how we'll use appropriate procurement routes and team selection methods to drive efficiencies throughout the process.
Join these strands together, project managers rely on the project execution plan. And as part of your work, you'll be producing numerous iterations of this document. We'll use a case study to help contextualize this work.
My time working in construction has led me to take a very industry-focused approach in the classroom.
In this module, we'll make use of industry practitioners to provide you with a reality check of how things work in the real world. Experience has shown that this brings real advantages. My students tend to hit the ground running in the workplace and often outperform their peers.
I really hope you enjoy this module, and find it useful. It certainly, has the potential to equip you for an incredibly enriching and rewarding career, where you have the potential to serve society in the development of the built environment.
- Project Manager role
- Business case
- Procurement paths
- Selection of the project team
- Project execution plan
After studying this module you should be able to:
- identify and critically discuss the role of the project manager in initiating and procuring projects for a variety of construction clients
- develop and critically evaluate the business case including value propositions for construction clients
- critically explore and select appropriate procurement paths for the design and construction of a range of projects and clients
- critically appraise a range of project team selection methodologies
- develop a project execution plan linking the business case to a rigorous procurement methodology.
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
- apply study and research skills and act autonomously in planning, organising and executing your personal academic and professional development
- 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
I valued the opportunity to review and asses the different methods of procurement and the risks and benefits associated as well as the consideration of the professional team, client and contractor and the lines of communication.
Online MSc Construction Project Management student