CEM209-Managing Construction

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Basic management and and organisation theories
Modules excluded: CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Roger Flanagan

Email: r.flanagan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The management of construction work requires a broad overview of management and organisational theories applied to the construction sector. While most of the work in the construction sector takes place in projects, the people who contribute to projects work in firms and other organisations. Construction firms may have local, national and international dimensions. The interfaces between various levels in construction organisations are made more complex because the work is done through projects. This module enables students to explore the complex interfaces in the management and organisation of construction work.

The aim is to provide students with a range of tools and techniques for understanding and managing organisations and projects in construction. The focus is on the application of ideas to real-world situations.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:
• Explain the scope and context of the construction sector and understand the position of construction organisations within the sector.
• Apply management and organisational theories to a range of practical and contemporary issues in the management of construction work.
• Develop control tools for projects in the context of the portfolio of work in a construction organization.
• Explain how construction firms protect themselves from financial loss.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
• Construction industry scope and context: The scale and importance of the industry, UK and international markets, trends and reports on future direction and shape of the industry. Visions and challenges for the future in major strategic reports.
• Management theories and organisational studies: Review of prior learning and private study in relation to current trends in management innovations, organisational theory and practice. Case study of management and structure of a leading UK construction firm. Essential leadership, team working, influence and power and its application. Competitive advantage strategies. Relationship based business.
• The new workplace and developing management skills in relation to current issues such as, gender, new technology, digital communications, managing change, social media, leadership, engaging people, emotional intelligence,& decision making.
• Managing construction work: Management of major and regional projects; features and differences. Case studies of projects. Integrated project working such as frameworks, joint ventures, and alliances. Supply chain management.
• Learning from successful projects.
• Managing risks in business and projects. Health and safety. Managing quality. Site logistics. Off-site construction techniques.
• Commercial management. The importance of bid selection, the bidding process and settlement. Commercial considerations; cash profiles, typical contractual amendments, summary of bonds, warranties and financial protection. Preserving margins. Brief coverage of integrated non-standard procurement approaches such as programme management, delivery partner(s), joint ventures.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching is through lectures and seminars, augmented with guided independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
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

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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 over all.

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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