CE3CIC-International Construction

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2013/4

Module Convenor: Prof Roger Flanagan

Email: r.flanagan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
An examination of the organisation and structure of the world’s construction market, including the size, employment statistics and the scope of work, in addition a review of the organisation of the major international construction and design companies, that will also explore the key differences when buying design and construction services around the world.

Aims:
To provide the knowledge and understanding necessary to examine the organisation and structure of the world’s construction market, as well as be able to review the organisation of the major international construction and design companies and the way that they operate.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Identifying how the social and political environments shape the way that the construction industry operates in any country. * Explaining how the European, North American and Japanese construction industries work and their different methods of procurement. * Ensuring that students think globally and act locally. * Focusing on future trends that will impact the domestic engineering and construction market. * Recognising the creation of competitive advantage.

Additional outcomes:

  • Group presentation enhances the development of oral skills and team working.

Outline content:

  • The organisation and structure of the world's construction market, including the size, employment statistics, the scope of work. * The organisation of the major international construction and design companies. * The key difference when buying design and construction services around the world. * A detailed investigation of the European, North American and Japanese construction industries. Looking at how cost, speed, quality, safety and labour relations are managed. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of the three markets. * Construction in the developing markets of Asia, Africa and South America. * Strategies for entry into a market including take-overs, mergers, and strategic alliances. * Maintaining competitive advantage for companies. What differentiates winners from losers.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, Tutorials and Private Study

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 70
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • 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;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • 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.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/ September

    Last updated: 22 August 2013

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