CE2CMB-Management in the Built Environment

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Shabnam Kabiri

Email: s.kabiri@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
An introduction and study of the application of management techniques in the built environment.There is an emphasis on projects and project management.

To study various aspects of the built environment and the application of management techniques with particular emphasis on project management.

Assessable learning outcomes:
To gain an appreciation of the role of management and techniques needed to address the requirements of the 21st century built environment.

At the end of the module:

•Students will understand the scale and importance of the built environment and the role of management.
•To develop the principles of the application of planning, organizing, leading and controlling resources in the modern development and construction enterprise.
•An appreciation of the property development process.
•To study the importance of projects, the role of the project manager and project teams.
•Students to gain an overview of the international context, drivers and cultural influences.
•Students will have an introduction to the key management tools particularly related to projects e.g. time, cost and quality.
•An appreciation of the main risks facing the construction enterprise and a more in depth study of risks associated with projects.
•Particular emphasis on the management of health and safety within the built environment including relevant regulations and management systems.

Additional outcomes:
•Students will enhance their abilities to conduct online group discussions and preparation of an essay assignment based on contemporary industry challenges.
•They will develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which managers interact with the built environment by the use of tools and techniques.

Outline content:
General introduction, content, learning resources and assessment:

•Management challenges in the built environment.
•The development process.
•Managing internationally – an introduction.
•The role of projects & project management.
•Project tools and techniques (1) time and cost.
•Project tools and techniques (2) production and quality conformance.
•Risk in business and projects.
•The management of health & safety – minimum 4 hours.

Global context:
The students are encouraged to develop an international perspective in studying management which is supported by a lecture in international management.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered via lectures and seminars on relevant topics.

There is one online group discussion board to encourage interaction between the students who are allocated groups. Typically the students will be asked to discuss a current issue or initiative in the industry e.g. consider how cost and time reductions can be achieved to meet the requirements of the Construction 2025 industry report. There is further learning from the coursework essay task which will ask the students to look at a current problem area e.g. reduction of accidents on sites.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly drop in session up to 2 hours for students, conducted by module coordinator

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor 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 note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour written examination (80%)

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    One two hour re-examination for failing the examination and /or one on line assignment for failing coursework

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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