SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHN225145
Module Leader Nicola Callaghan
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

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 percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 73%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 100%, which is represented by Coursework 1


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 apprentice should be able to:1. Demonstrate extensive detailed knowledge and understanding in planning construction projects using commercial software packages,2. Analyse and review project risks in terms of time and cost overruns,3. Critically review the concept of project management and its principal features, 4. Offer professional insights and interpretation of the human dynamics of project teams with respect to leadership, communication and teamwork,5. Critically review the importance of the client and how he interfaces with project management6. Demonstrate critical understanding of the nature of conflict between the parties involved in a project and how this may be managed by resolution or avoidance.[A2, A3, A4, A6, B1-B5, B7 SDS GA: 2.2,2.4,3.2 - 3.6,4.1 - 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 project 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 and practical software exercises with academic support leading the discussions to explore the relevance of the content and specific to their workplace. Computer laboratories in the use of commercial project management software packages (such as Asta Powerproject) will be utilised. A student centred computer based learning package - Project Inceptor - will be used by the students in learning about project management.

Indicative Reading

Essential Texts 1. Fryer, B.; Egbu, C.; Ellis, R. and Gorse, C. (2004) The Practice of Construction Management (4th Ed) Blackwell Publishing; ISBN: 1-4051-1110-0 2. Kerzner, H. (2003) Project Management (8th Ed) Van Nostrand Reinhold (ISBN: 0-471 22578 9) 3. Walker, A. (2007) Project Management in Construction, (5th Ed) Blackwell Science 4. CIOB (2014) Code of Practice in Project Management (5th Ed) ISBN: 1 4051 0309 4 Recommended Texts 5. Griffith, A. and Watson, P. (2004) Construction Management - Principles and Practices, Palgrave Macmillan. 6. Association for Project Management (2014) Project Management Pathways, Edited by: Martin Steves. Published by the Association for Project Management (APM), UK. ISBN: 1-903494-01-X 7. Coleman and MacNicol (2014) Project Leadership, Gower 8. Chandra, Das (2012) Project Management and Control, PHI Learning Private Ltd 9. Rougvie, A. (1987) Project Evaluation and Development; Mitchell/CIOB 10. Harris, F. and McCaffer, R. (2013) Modern Construction Management (7 th Ed) Blackwell 11. Association for Project Management (APM: 2012). Body of Knowledge (6 th Ed) Association for Project Management, ISBN: 1-90394-00-1 12. Fellows, Langford, Newcombe and Urry (2002) Construction Management in Practise, Blackwell 13. British Standard Institution (BSI): Guide to Project Management: BS6079-1:2000 15. Kliem, R. L., and Ludin, I. S. (1995) The People Side of Project Management, Gower 16. PMI (2000) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) (2000 Ed) Project 17. HMSO (2007) For successful project management: Think PRINCE 2 ISBN: 011-3310285

Transferrable Skills

Ability to conceive the underlying logic in complex situations and produce plans Ability to set clear objectives IT skills in commercial packages [C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D2, D4-D6, E1, E5-E7 SDS GA: 5.1-5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 146.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 35% Produce project report and computer aided project plan for an agreed work based project.