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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM238
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 1 (Autumn)
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


2 hour unseen examination












Qualifying Condition(s) 



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



Module Overview
Module Aims
The prime aim of this module is to give the student the ability to operate in the varying and changing environment of construction. It is also the aim of the module to develop students’ ability to appreciate the principles and techniques in the management of a construction organisation and in the initiating of construction projects.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:



·         Define construction as an organic system.



·         Understand and critically review the use of concepts and techniques in order to achieve project success



·         Analyse construction procurement for efficiency



·         Recognise the efficiency problems in allocating risk in construction procurement methods.



·         Understand the role of management in an organisation



·         Analyse the role of the client and how construction is instigated



·         Analyse the role and limitation of the client’s project manager.



·         Be able to make decisions on the choice of project strategy



·         To develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the construction process especially the client, the project manager and the designer



·         To develop an appreciation of the present state of the construction industry in terms of efficiency and current practices



To understand the use of Value Engineering techniques in improving the efficiency of construction organisations.
Module Content

Development of management thought.



Leadership and motivation.



Company culture and management styles.



Organisation theory – systems theory.



Roles and responsibilities of people and parties involved in the project.



Production and efficiency of construction organisation and projects.



Identification of different procurement routes.



Selection and suitability of procurement strategy,.



Project Development Appraisals.



Finance for construction and controlling costs during design.



Improving efficiency using Value Engineering and management.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours lectures, 6 hours tutorials and 120 hours independent learning.



Total student learning time 150 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading


Mullins L J (2007), Management and Organisational Behaviour, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall ISBN 978-0-273-70888-9


Required reading


Bower D (2003), Management Procurement, Thomas Telford


Morledge R, Smith A, Kashiwagi D T (2006), Building Procurement, RICS Research/Blackwell Publishing


Ashworth A (2008), Pre-contract Studies: development economies, tendering and estimating, 3rd Edition, Black Publishing


Isaac D, O’Leary J and Daley M  (2010) Property Development: appraisal and finance, 2nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan



Recommended background reading


Walker . A (2003), Project management in Construction, 4th Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 0632 05736x


Harris. F, McCaffer. R, Edum-Fotwe. F (2006), Modern Construction Management, 6th Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 1405133252


Pettinger. R (1997), Introduction to Management, 2nd Edition, MacMillan Business ISBN 0333 687450


Reiss. G (1995), Project Management Demystified. 2nd Edition, Spon Press ISBN 0419 207503


Fry. B (revised by Egbu. C, Ellis R, Gorse C), The Practice of Construction Management, People and Business Performance, 4th Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 1 4051 11100


Cole. G.A (1996), Management Theory and Practice, 5th Edition, DP Publications ISBN 1 85085 1665


Boyd. D, Chinyio. E (2007), Understanding the Construction Client, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 1405129786


Mosey. D (2009), Early Contractor Involvement in Building Procurement – contracts, partnering and project management, Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978 1 4051 96451


Cox. S, Clamp. H, Lipton. S (2007), Which Contract?, 4th Edition, RIBA Publishing ISBN 9781859462379


Bennett. J, Pearce. S, Partnering in the Construction Industry, Butterworth Heinemann ISBN 9780750664981


Robinson. H, Carrillo. P, Anumba. C.J, Patel. M (2010), Governance and Knowledge Management for Improving PFI/PPP Projects, Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978 14051 88555

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