SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK221199
Module Leader Nicola Callaghan
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module introduces the student to the key concepts in Construction Management and helps to consolidate knowledge gained by entrants coming from a variety of professional backgrounds within the construction and property industry. The following concepts, amongst others, will be examined: current management thinking, managing human resources, dealing with conflict in the workplace, culture, leadership and people, power, authority and responsibility in the workplace, teams, communication and managing change.


Management theory and thinkers. Contemporary Management Drivers Managing the human resources. Conflict in the workplace Knowledge and power What goes on in the workplace? Culture, Leadership and People Power, Authority and Responsibility in the workplace Teams, players and culture's influence Communicating across boundaries Change and management drivers -359

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:evaluate contemporary management concepts in relation to national and international construction and property (CnP) enterprise. (A1, A2, B5, C1, C2, D13, D14)critically appraise the basic power bases within construction and property enterprises. (A3, A4, B4, C3, D1, D10, D12)evaluate the impact of culture on CnP enterprises and project structures and appraise the management of subcontractors and trade contractors. (A3, A1, B3, C4)discuss the interaction between leadership, motivation and production in CnP enterprises (A5, B2, C5, C6, D7, D8)discuss the role and influence of teams in construction and property enterprises and the relationship between design and production (A1, B1, D2, D3, D6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Seminars will be supplemented by case reviews and project studies. The approach to learning used within this module will mirror that of the entire programme. A number of tasks will be used to structure the learning process and to provide a context for the analysis of the substantive content. Students will be directed to paper based readings, and encouraged to access appropriate Web-based materials, especially refereed academic journal papers and appropriate databases. A web-enabled form of delivery will be used throughout the module. All students will use GCU Learn for their teaching and learning materials. Full-time and part-time students will be able to participate in seminars which will facilitate discussion and allow them to meet visiting speakers and take part in site visits, where appropriate.

Indicative Reading

Adair, J. (1986) Effective Team Building, Gower. Belbin, R.M. (1993) Management Teams: Why they Succeed or Fail, Butterworth. Boyd, D. and Chinyio, E. (2006) Understanding the Construction Client, Blackwell Science Clegg, S. R., Kornberger, M., and Pitsis, T. S. (2011) Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition. Sage: London Cooper, C. L., Locke, E. A. (2000) Industrial & organizational psychology, Blackwell, London. Day, D.W.J. (1994) Project Management and Control, Macmillan. Drucker, P. (1994) Managing in Turbulent Times, Butterworth Heinemann, London. Egan, J. (1998) Rethinking Construction, Construction Task Force Fellows, R.F., Langford, D., Newcombe, R., Urry, S. (2009) Construction management in practice, John Wiley & Sons. Hampden-Turner, C. (1994) Corporate Culture, Piatkus, London. Harris, F., McCaffer, R., Edum-Fotwe, F. (2013) Modern Construction Management, 7th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Hughes, W., Gray, C. and Murdoch, J. (1997) Specialist Trade Contracting - a Review, Special Publication 138, CIRIA Latham, M. (1994) Constructing the Team, HMSO Peters, T. J., Waterman, R. H. (1993) In Search of Excellence, Harper Collins, London. Winch, G. (2010) Managing Construction Projects, second edition. Wiley-Blackwell.

Transferrable Skills

Ability to grasp the underlying precepts and apply these to organisational settings. Able to select, define and implement key management issues. Adept in information retrieval and management.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 120.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 110.00
Assessment (FDL) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% 2000-2500 words report on a Construction Management topic
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% 2000-2500 words report on a Construction Management topic