CE3CIC-International Construction

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

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.Have an understanding of the regulatory framework and the codes and standards used in international construction.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Identifying how the social and political environments shape the way that the construction industry operates in any country.
  • Awareness of the different approaches to buying design and construction in the international market
  • 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.
  • Identification of the drivers and issues that impact the international engineering and construction market.
  • Understanding the importance of compliance with the UN Global Compact.

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.Focusing on the emerging market of China, and the behaviour of Chinese companies .
  • 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

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Penalties for late submission:



The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • 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 for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/ September

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

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