SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN224634
Module Leader James Sommerville
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSUM228 - Construction Management or Management and Cost Studies or Management and Valuation

Summary of Content

This is an advanced module which covers such areas as the concept of project management, the roles and responsibilities of project managers, organisational structures within which project management operates, project implementation, project teams, project leadership, project communication, relationships with clients, users and funding bodies, computer aided project planning, relationships between Time,Cost and Quality, risks of project time and cost overrun, management of contract interfaces, conflict management and avoidance, Partnering and Alliancing


The concept of project management, roles, responsibilities and organisational structures, Advanced project planning and control: Resource analysis and levelling, Time-cost optimisation, Sub projects, Cost/time reporting, Work breakdown structures, Cashflow prediction, Use of commercial software packages. Risk management of time and cost, Project methodologies. Quality Managment in Project environments. Conflict management - sources, causes and effects of conflict,Resolution methods - adjudication, mediation, conciliation, (other ADR techniques),Conflict avoidance - Partnering, Alliancing, Dispute Resolution Advisor, etc,Human aspects of project management - leadership, teamwork, communication,Understanding client needs and interface with the project.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Plan construction projects using commercial software packages,BS (A1, A4, A6)CM (A1, A2, A4, A5, A6)QS (A1, A2, A4, A5, A6)PMD (A1, A2, A5, A6)All - B1, B2, B3, B5, C2, C3, C4, C6, D1, D2, D3, D4, D6, D7, D8, D10, D11, D132. Analyse project risks in terms of time and cost overruns,BS (A3, A4, A6)CM (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)QS (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)PMD (A2, A3, A5)All - (B1, B2, B5, B6, C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3, D6, D8, D13)3. Discuss the concept of project management and its principal features, BS (A3, A4, A6)CM (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)QS (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)PMD (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)All - (B1, B2, B3, B5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D2, D3, D4, D6, D8, D10, D11, D14)4. Discuss the human dynamics of project teams with respect to leadership, communication and teamwork,BS (A4, A6)CM (A2, A4, A6)QS (A2, A4, A6)PMD (A2, A5)All - B1, B2, B3, B6, C1, C2, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, D7, D8, D10, D14)5. Discuss the importance of the client and how he interfaces with project managementBS (A3, A4, A6)CM (A3, A4, A5, A6)QS (A3, A4, A5, A6)PMD (A3, A4, A5)All - (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C2, C3, C4, C6, D1, D2, D3, D10, D14)6. Discuss the nature of conflict between the parties involved in a project and how this may be managed by resolution or avoidance.BS - (A3, A4, A6)CM (A2, A4, A6)QS - (A2, A4, A6)PMD - (A2, A5)All - B1, B3, B6, C3, C4, D1, D2, D3, D4, D14

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and tutorials are supplemented by guided reading and students gain experience in the process of planning of projects. Computer laboratories in the use of commercial project management software packages (such as Primavera for Windows) will be utilised. A student centred computer based learning package - Project Inceptor - will be used by the students in learning about project management. Wide reading is encouraged.

Indicative Reading

Kerzner H, Project Management 6th Edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998 Walker A, Project Management in Construction, 2nd Edition, BSP Professional Books * CIOB (1994), Code of Practice in Project Management, * Geddes M, Hastings M, Brimer W (1993), Project Leadership, Gower Day DWJ (1994), Project Management and Control, Macmillan, Rougvie A (1987), Project Evaluation and Development; Mitchell/CIOB Harris F and McCaffer R (1995), Modern Construction Management 4th Edition; Blackwell Newcombe R; Langford D and Fellows R (1990), Construction Management 1 and 2; Mitchell/CIOB Lock D (1993), Project Management 5th Edition, Gower CIOB Journal - Construction Computing * Essential texts

Transferrable Skills

Ability to conceive the underlying logic in complex situations and produce plans Ability to set clear objectives IT skills in commercial packages

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 130.00
Practicals (PT) 8.00
Tutorials (PT) 8.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 60.00 35% Final Exam - Unseen written examination
Coursework 0.00 24.00 n/a Computer aided Mini Project
Exam (School) 1.50 16.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours