SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224620
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

General entry requirements

Summary of Content

The module allows the student to consider the relationships between planning and control and their influence on productivity, Perform production planning techniques in order to plan simulated construction projects, Use resource leveling as a tool to manage assets required for construction projects, Describe the different types of activity relationships that exist, Define the principles behind time and cost estimation. This module helps to the Use of different schedule development tools and techniques to deliver a project schedule. Explain the significance of the cost baseline and how it is used to measure project schedule and budget performance. Explain how to use performance measurement tools and techniques to forecast project completion.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Definition of Project Work: Introduction to Project Time and Cost Management, Defining a Project Deliverable, Work Breakdown, Exercise - Producing and Using a Project Deliverable Sequencing Project Work: Logic Diagrams, Activity Sequencing Templates (AON/AOA), Activity Relationships for Precedence Diagramming Methods, Precedence Diagramming Method, Producing an Activity Sequence, Guidelines to Estimation, Activity Resource Requirements Schedule Development: Developing a Project Schedule, Critical Path Method (CPM), Leads and Lags, Schedule Compression, Resource Leveling Time and Cost Estimation: Parametric Modeling Estimation, Analogous Estimation, Bottom-up Estimation, Programme Evaluation Review Technique, Exercise - Delivering a Project Estimate The Project Budget: Allocating Contingency, Cost Budgeting and Baseline, Exercise - Presenting a Cost and Schedule Baseline Controlling the Project Plan: Using Cost and Schedule Baselines to Control Projects, Project Performance Measurement, Forecasting Project Completion

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Plan construction projects using commercial software packages, use a work breakdown structure and define work deliverables [A5,B1]Outline the different sequencing tools that are available and describe how to establish a resource requirement profile before scheduling activities [A3]Explain how critical path methodology is used to develop project schedules, explain schedule compression and describe how it is used in project management planning [C1,C2]Define resource leveling algorithms and how they are used in project management planning, use different schedule development tools and techniques to deliver a project schedule [C3]Define three-point estimation and explain how to use it to statistically evaluate schedules or budgets, use estimation tools and techniques to present expected project costs and durations [D1,D2]Describe what cost and time contingency is and explain how to apply it [D4,D5]Understand a cost and schedule baseline and explain how to produce them [D8]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module details are delivered to the students through the following: The main teaching method will be based on lectures with laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience Lectures are supplemented by directed reading and varied further reading is encouraged. Hands on experience are gained in the process of planning simulated projects. Students are supported in their studies by both face- to-face and online materials through blackboard. All students registered for the module is enrolled in Black Board and they have access to the topics covered in the class at any time. The PowerPoint presentation highlights the key points, concepts, illustrations and diagrams associated with the course. The presentation is divided into a number of lessons. Each lesson is then further subdivided into a number of topics. A topic is stand-alone piece of instruction that has a specific, demonstrable learning objective. Students will have access to the University and departmental library facilities including CD-ROM systems which provide additional information support. Lecture and tutorial sessions will be backed by practical exercises in the form of discussing some of the standard case studies from the literature as well as encouraging students to develop some analogous case studies for the construction industry Experts from industries will be made available as guest speakers or visiting faculty to help learners get first-hand experience of the key areas covered in the module.

Indicative Reading

Cook, B. & Williams, P. (2004) "Construction planning, programming and control", 2nd edition. Blackwell. Fryer B (2004) "the practice of construction management", 4th edition. Oxford: Blackwell. Chitkara, K.K., 1998. "Construction Project Management Planning ", Scheduling and Control, Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co., New Delhi. Calin M. Popescu, Chotchai Charoenngam, 1995. "Project planning, Scheduling and Control in Construction: An Encyclopedia of Terms and Applications ", Wiley, New York. Chris Hendrickson and Tung Au, 2000. "Project Management for Construction - Fundamentals Concepts for Owners ", Engineers, Architects and Builders, Prentice Hall, Pitsburgh. Moder.J., C.Phillips and Davis, 1983. " Project Management with CPM ", PERT and Precedence Diagramming, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., Third Edition Willis. E.M., 1986. "Scheduling Construction projects ", John Wiley and Sons. Halpin,D.W., 1985." Financial and cost concepts for construction Management ", John Wiley and Sons, New York.

Transferrable Skills

The development of: Planning and Organising communication skills, analysis and evaluation; Lectures provide Creativity in Problem Solving, Numeracy, creative thinking and independent judgement; The generation, interpretation and presentation of complex data in conformity with established methodologies, formats and conventions; Competence in computerized applications. Laboratories provide ability to contribute effectively to team work in data collection. Effective time management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Written Examination - 2Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Case study and report 2000 words