SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K225140
Module Leader Kenneth Lawani
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M2N220730 - Construction Process Management 1

Summary of Content

This module covers topics applicable to Process Management such as the Life Cycle of the Construction Process, Buidability/Constructability, Procurement routes, Management of Subcontractors, Health and Safety and Quality Management. The variety of topics will aid the understanding of a modern construction process to improve productivity and gain an understanding of the realtionship of cost, time and quality. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 78%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 30%, which is represented by Coursework 1.


Process Management Management of Subcontractors, buildability, contemporary production systems (JIT, etc), Quality management, Supply Chain Management. Health & Safety management; Occupational Health Behavioural techniques, health risk management. Site Hazards Procurement - RIBA plan of work, Management Contracting, Construction Management, Design & Build etc.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the apprentice should be able to:1) Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the stages and factors which influence the Project Life-cycle.2) Critically analyse the influence of time, cost, risk and value on projects3) Explain traditional and contemporary procurement systems in terms of productivity, buildability, quality, resource utilisation, health & safety, inventory management and subcontracting.4) Compare and evaluate construction practices in the UK with International methods.5) Evaluate methods of enhancing the management of safety on site, through Best Practice in site set up, safety management systems, Occupational Practice, and Risk Management.6) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of Quality Management and the processes applicable[A2, A4, A6, A8, A9, B1-B5, B7 SDS GA: 2.2,2.4,3.2 - 3.5,4.1 - 4.5

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The essential purpose of this module is to provide the student with the time and space to develop an understanding of the context and principles of processes related to Construction Management. This subject will be delivered by a student led "flipped classroom "core information, and supporting overhead materials will be made available for each lecture electronically in GCU Learn. Seminars/tutorials will concentrate on applying core information in lectures to problem questions given in advance. Students are referred to supporting reading materials to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lecture and seminar topics. Concepts delivered in the 'Flipped Classroom' mode will require students to view lecture material online and complete formative exercises prior to engaging and completing an on-campus seminar with academic support leading the discussions to explore the relevance of the content and specific to their workplace

Indicative Reading

CIOB (2014). Code of Practise for Project Management for Construction and Development. 5th Ed, Blackwell CITB (1999) Site Managers Safety Notes (GE700) Modules 1-45 CITB Construction for Tomorrow's Industry and its Customers, CIOB Construction. Harlow. Longman. Clarke, T (1999). Managing Health & Safety in Building and Construction. Oxford, Butterworth. Cooper R, Aouad, G and Lee, A, (2004). Process management in Design and Construction, Oxford, Blackwell. Fellows R, Langford D, Newcombe R & Urry S (2002), Construction Management in Practice- 2nd Edition, CIOB Fryer, B (2004). The Practise of Construction Management. Blackwell Griffith A, Stephenson P, Watson P (2000), Management Systems for Construction, Longman. Harris F and McCaffer R (2013), Modern Construction Management 7th Edition; Blackwell. Holroyd, T. M. (2003). Buildability: Successful construction from concept to completion. Telford. Hughes, P and Ferrett, E. (2015). Introduction to health and safety in Construction. 6th Edition, Oxford, Butterworth. McCabe S (2002), Benchmarking In Construction, CIOB Morledge, R and Smith, A. (2013). Building Procurement. 2nd Edition, Oxford, Blackwell. Moore D R & Hague D J (1999), Building Production Management Techniques; Longman/CIOB Olomolaiye P& F Harris F (2002), Construction Productivity Management, CIOB Oxley, R and Poskitt, J. (2002). Management techniques applied to the construction Industry. Oxford, Blackwell. Thomas, M and Thomas, G. (2005). Construction Partnering & Integrated Teamwork, Blackwell. Walker, D and Hampson, K. (2002) Procurement Strategies: A relationship approach. Oxford, Blackwell. Winch, G. M. (2010). Managing Construction Projects. 2nd Edition, Blackwell.

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving Cognitive/intellectual skills Time management (organising and planning work) Independent working Information retrieval skills Utilising labour market information Group working IT Skills (including GCU Certificate in Basic ICT Competency) Communication skills, written, oral and listening [C1-C6, D1, D4, D5, E1, E3, E5-E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 156.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% The coursework will focus on a topic from the syllabus in the form of a Literature Review
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 35% Exams office exam - 3 hour exam - 5 questions from 8