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Module Title Construction Management
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 16196
Module Lead Professor K Hawwash
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions This module is compulsory for the following programmes: MSc Construction Management, MSc Road Management.
Description The module has the following components:

Project Management deals with: Project management- concept, project team organisation, key principles, in-house or external provision; Setting project objectives, Risk management and allocation; Contract strategy- work packages, payment systems, organisational systems, contractor selection; the role of the New Engineering Contract.

Construction and Project Planning uses examples to distinguish between the art of planning and the application of scientific planning techniques. Planning techniques addressed include: Bar charts; Time location charts; Line of balance charts; Networks (Precedence and Arrows) and Resources; Crashing; Overlapping activities; Updating Networks; Monitoring and reporting progress; Advanced network planning; and an introduction to the principles of lean planning.

Contract Procedures provides an introduction to construction contract documentation and procedures within the UK legal system. It addresses how recent UK best practice (as encompassed, for example, in the New Engineering Contract 3rd ed) compares and contrasts with conventional contracts (as encompassed in the FIDIC and JCT Conditions of Contract). Specific topics addressed in detail include: Roles of the parties, contract preparation and administration, dealing with change, and resolution of disputes.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • appreciate the strategic importance of human resources management in construction and its connection to the current thinking and good practice
  • use the techniques that are available to the construction planner and be aware of lean planning techniques
  • understand the need for contract procedures within a legal system
  • prepare contract documentation considering the differences between modern and conventional UK practice and possible problems of transferring procedures between countries
  • solve problems that can derive from different conditions of contract
Assessment 16196-01 : Module Mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment Option A: Assessment by closed book 2 hour examination (50%) Option B: Open book assessment via CANVAS. Coursework (50%) within delivery semester. This is to be developed.
Reassessment: A 3-hour closed book examination Or due to COVID open book exam via CANVAS
Reading List Robinson, M.(2013) An Employer's and Engineer's Guide to the FIDIC Conditions of Contract. Wiley-Blackwell
Uff, J (2013). Construction Law. 11th ed. Sweet & Maxwell
Hughes, K (2012). Understanding the NEC3 ECC Contract: A Practical Handbook. Routledge
Murdoch, J & Hughes, W (2007). Construction Contracts: Law and Management. 4th Ed. Routledge
Engineering Construction Risks (eds. P.A. Thompson & J.G. Perry), 1992, Thomas Telford (qt58.27)
Dainty, A., Moore, D. and Murray, M. (2006) Communication in Construction. Taylor & Francis