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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM239
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


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 project 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 planning techniques to a construction project including critical path and resource analysis


·         Understand and apply work breakdown structures as a prelude to construction planning


·         Have the ability to produce method statements, both analytical and descriptive as a basis for solving planning problems


·         To apply resource analysis techniques to assist in the control of a project


·         Use value analysis techniques to apply budget costs to a project


·         To appreciate the use of project management software in order 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, including the use of risk registers and the Project Manager’s contractual responsibilities relative to the management of risk


·         Extensive knowledge and understanding of project management techniques and tools


Module Content

Introduction to project planning and control.


Benefits of planning a project.


Project programming requirements.


Project planning methods; bar-charts, critical path analysis, precedence diagrams, elemental trend analysis, cost optimisation techniques, PERT cost techniques.


Work breakdown structures.


Planning sequences and forecasting work packages.


Method statements for planning, analytical and descriptive.


Planning – establishing outputs.


Computer programming and use of project management software.


Resource analysis, time limited and resource limited.


Risk and uncertainty.


Risk analysis and management. Risk registers.


Controlling costs during construction.
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




Required reading




Recommended background reading


CIOB (2009), Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development, 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978 1405 194204


Winch. G.M (2009), Management Construction Projects, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell ISBN 978 1405 184571


Harris. F, McCaffer. R, Edun-Fotwe. F (2006), Modern Construction Management, 6th Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 1405 133252


Lock. D (2007), Project Management, 9th Edition, Gower Publishing ISBN 978 0566 087721


Lock. D (2007), The Essentials of Project Management, 3rd Edition, Gower Publishing ISBN 9780566088056


Reiss. G (1995), Project Management Demystified. 2nd Edition, Spon Press ISBN 0419207503


Cooke. B, Williams. P (2004), Construction Planning, Programming and Control, 2nd Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 1405121483


Walker . A (2003), Project Management in Construction, 4th Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 063205736 x


Burke. R (2003), Project Management – Planning and Control Techniques, 4th Edition, Wiley ISBN 0470851244


Smith. N.J (2007), Managing Risk in Construction Projects, 2nd Edition, Blackwell Publishing ISBN1405130121


Dallas . M.F (2006), Value and Risk Management, CIOB/Blackwell Publishing ISBN 140512069 x


Hillson. D (2009), Managing Risk  in Projects, Gower Publishing ISBN 9780566088674
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