CEM13A-Principles and Practice of Project Management A

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM12A Business of Construction A CEM14A Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice A CEM15A International Development in Construction A CEM17A Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice A CEM11A Collaboration, Practice and Innovation A
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Shu-Ling Lu

Email: s.lu@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This is the key integration module for the MSc Project Management programme. A series of exercises and case studies will be undertaken to explore and integrate the application of related programme modules, in particular the four core 10-credit programme modules.

Please note that there are three matching module description forms: CEM103 Principles and Practice of Project Management, CEM13A Principles and Practice of Project Management A and CEM13B Principles and Practice of Project Management B. This is because the A and B versions are the flexible-modular equivalent of the full-time version. The flexible-modular equivalent runs over two years. The only difference between full-time and flexible-modular in relation to assessment is that the assignments for the 40-credit version are split across two years for flexible-modular students in two 20-credit versions. The differences in contact hours for these modules relate to the class contact hours.


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 MSc 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, workshops, tutorials, case studies, reflective learning, guided reading, site visits.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Tutorials 11 11
External visits 20 20
Guided independent study 70 44
Total hours by term 125.00 75.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One integrating case study consisting of questions relating to core modules and one reflective portfolio, both carried out over the duration of the programme with submission after the end of the timetabled modules.

Formative assessment methods:

There will be a range of formative assessment methods embedded within the module delivery. Principally, the formative assessment feedback 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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: £50

Last updated: 11 June 2018


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