CE1CMP-Principles of Management

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Colm Lundrigan

Email: c.p.lundrigan@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce students to key approaches in the study of management and strategy .The focus is on firm level management and the challenges which firms in general and construction and engineering consultancy firms in particular face in a dynamic, global context.

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module:

  • Students will have an understanding of some key strategic management theories.

  • Students will have a basic understanding of the specificity of construction and engineering consultancy firms.

  • Students will be able to use management theories to analyse simple business case studies.

  • Students will be introduced to challenges facing businesses in general and construction firms in particular in the 21st century.  

  • Students will have developed basic skills in essay writing.

Additional outcomes:
Material regarding the module , including module guides,assignment and lecture slides will be placed on Blackboard. - including copies of previous examination papers. Be aware that Blackboard, like any IT system, can sometimes suffer technical difficulties so ensure you plan your work accordingly.

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course will be delivered using a combination of in-class lectures,in-class exercises and invited speakers.there will be a minimum of four tutorials, to be delivered in the week following the online test. In addition, students will be expected to engage with both text book assignments and academic journal articles. Application of the material to empirical cases will be explored through in class examples and the final essay.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The course will be assessed by using two key methods. 1. On-line quizzes. 2. An essay designed to connect key literatures with a case study.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Failure to participate in the essays or undertake the on-line tests at the specified availability times will result in a mark of zero for the missed essay or test. Students who are prevented from taking part in these tests at the set time because of circumstances beyond their control may submit an extenuating circumstances form for consideration.

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should

Assessment requirements for a pass:
40% Overall mark

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of essay and one extended online test. Essay and test to be completed by August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 4 September 2018


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