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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM028 Module Title: PROJECT AND RISK MANAGEMENT (CEM008)
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M45
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MATTHEWS MC Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Continuous assessment – coursework assignments






Qualifying Condition(s) 



An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
Module Aims

The aim of this module is to give construction managers a working knowledge of modern project management and risk management techniques.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:
  • Apply project network techniques to a construction project including critical path and resource analysis
  • Use earned value analysis techniques to apply budget costs to a project, track the profit/loss situation and forecast project outcomes.
  • Use appropriate project management software to set up and manage a project programme including monitoring time and cost
  • Understand risks and uncertainties in projects and the methods available for analysis.
  • Perform simple risk analysis on a variety of project types.
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role and limitations of ICT, and an awareness of developing technologies in ICT.
  • Ability to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and apply its solution using computer based engineering tools when appropriate
  • An understanding of the capabilities of computer based models for solving problems in engineering, and the ability to assess the limitations of particular cases.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of management and business practices, and their limitations, and how these may be applied appropriately to strategic and tactical issues.
  • Ability to apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints.

Module Content

Networks, bar charts, float, critical path analysis, variable dependencies, ladder format, resource analysis, crash costing, logic manipulation, costing, updating, earned value analysis, variances, forecasting, use of project management software.  Risk, uncertainty, risk analysis, risk registers.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours lectures, 6 hours computer workshop and 120 hours independent learning (including assignment work).



Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Pilcher R, Principle of Construction Management, 3rd ed., McGraw Hill, 1992.



Lockyer K and Gordon J, Critical Path Analysis, 5th ed., Pitman, 1991.



Harris F and McCaffer R, Modern Construction Management, 3rd ed, Blackwell, 1989.



Callahan MT , Quackenbush DG and Rowings JE, Construction Project Scheduling, McGraw Hill, 1992.



Maudesly M, Askew W and O’Reilly M, Planning and Controlling Construction Projects, Longman, 1996.



Turk C and Kirkman J, Effective Writing, 2nd ed, Spon, 1989.



Midis C, Financial and Time Planning of Constructions, TEE Library, 1992.



Hefremidis C, Management in Construction, TEE Library, 1999.



Dimitriou A, Management - Applications with Microsoft Project ’98, 1998.



Georgoulas K and Tzamos Th, Management of Construction Works, TEE Library, 1988.



Tabakakis St
, Time Planning of the Constructions - Method of Netlike Analysis PERT-CPM,  TEE Library, 1970.



Karavakos DP, Planning and Work Management, Technical Edition A, 6(2), 1986.



Chapman C and Ward S, Project Risk Management: techniques and insights, Wiley, 1999.



Oberlender GD, Project Management for Engineers and Construction, 2nd ed, McGraw-Hill. 2000.

Last Updated

6 August 2010