CEM103-Project Management: Principles and Practice

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM102 Business of Construction CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice CEM110 Collaboration, Practice and Innovation
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Shu-Ling Lu

Email: s.lu@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
A series of exercises and case studies will be undertaken to explore and integrate the application of related programme modules to relaistic examples relating to project management in construction.

The aims are to explore the changing nature of knowledge and practice in the management of project environments and construction organisations (e.g. new procurement methods) and how these changes bring new opportunities and new challenges for project managers.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module the students should be able to:
• Give an account of the operation of the construction sector, with detailed knowledge of one aspect of the sector, chosen by the student.
• Provide accounts of specific cases of construction activity, synthesising knowledge drawn from the other modules studied in the programme.
• Clear and concise report writing and organisation of written material.

Additional outcomes:
Case studies will give the student practical training in time management and problem-solving and enhance the student's ability to work and learn independently. Assignments and guided reading will enable students to connect inputs from more specialised modules and form an effective overview of the topic of construction in project management.

Outline content:
Students will assemble data, information and knowledge to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interrelated topics covered in the programme. They will apply tools, techniques, knowledge and skills developed from across the programme to realistic examples of project management in construction. The content integrates the various aspects of the Project Management programme into case studies and a series of assignments where the student is required to use the knowledge, tools and techniques used through the programme to articulate coherent arguments and solutions to questions.

Global context:
Project management is related very closely to the place in which construction work is carried out. By making clear the specific practices and their contexts, students will understand that construction projects are context-dependent with practice varying significantly around the world.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, guest speakers, seminars and external visits

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 2
Seminars 9 9 5
Tutorials 18 6
External visits 20 20 0
Guided independent study 95 123 75
Total hours by term 160.00 160.00 80.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
There will be a wide range of formative assessment methods embedded within the module delivery. Principally, the formative assessment feedbacks will take place during tutorial interaction as the students’ integrated projects evolve and progress. A central ethos of the module is iterative, intense student progression and formative assessments.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
To be reassessed by re-submission of coursework/assignment only. Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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