CEM201-An Introduction to Project Management

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: CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Stuart Green

Email: s.d.green@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The construction industry is primarily a project-based industry and this module addresses the key principles that characterise projects. The principles of project management are applicable at all levels of the project hierarchy, ranging from individual work packages through to the provision of a single point of responsibility on behalf of the client. Effective project management is central not only to project performance, but also to performance at the industry level. The last few decades have seen significant changes in the way that projects are managed. Traditionally fragmented approaches have given way to the provision of an integrated project management approach that delivers construction projects to required standards of time, cost and quality. The technical complexities of modern buildings and the demands of client organisations require an increasingly sophisticated service from project managers.

The main aim of is to address the core principles, different techniques and skills that are applicable at different levels of project management. At the work package level, the emphasis is in ensuring on-site production within specified constraints of time and cost, and with the view to achieve the highest possible quality. At the strategic level, on managing the evolving interfaces between the client and the project. Irrespective of the level of application, effective project management depends upon a blend of advanced behavioral skills and appropriate techniques. The project manager who manages the project on behalf of the client must be able to co-ordinate teams of designers and specialists from diverse backgrounds. Leadership skills are therefore of vital importance, coupled with an ability to structure problems at the conceptual level.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module, participants will be able to diagnose projects in relation to the core governing principles of project management and establish requirements for the integrated project delivery, recognise strategic measurable benefits for client organisations and thereby advise on the most appropriate construction management strategy. They will also be able to recommend appropriate techniques for managing construction projects from inception through to completion.

Additional outcomes:
In addition to the above students will develop an appreciation of broader industry and more specific contextual differences. This will provide students with the necessary transferable skills to be able to manage projects in construction and other project-based industries.

Outline content:
• Characteristics of construction projects globally
• Behavioral aspects of project management
• Conflicting project objectives (i.e. within Programmes and Portfolios)
• Understanding client organisation
• Project control
• Formulation of project strategy
• Project organisation and complexity
• Alternative procurement methods
• Effective time and cost control
• The roles of various stakeholders

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught by lectures and group-work tutorial, and will involve specialist experts in aspects of principles of project management.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
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 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Group-work tutorials include elements of teamwork and culminate in presentations. Teams operate in a simulated project environment and work in competition. Feedback is then given in relation to their group and individual performance.

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:
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:
Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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