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Module title Construction Management
Module code CENV2027
Module lead

David Brown

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External Examiner: Prof Zoran Kapelan
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit CivEng and the Env
Academic session first offered 201213
Credit Points ECTS 7.5
Level Undergraduate
When will the module be taught Semester 2
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 9th Sep 2015 - 2:19pm

Module overview

The aim of the module is to give a basic understanding of the issues involved with construction management and how they are applied in practice.  You will gain sufficient knowledge from this module to enable you to contribute in a management role within a real construction project.

Aims and learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The management and motivation of people
  • The basic construction process in order to satisfy a client's needs
  • The criteria used for the selection and use of the major items of construction plant
  • The importance and implementation of health and safety issues
  • The management and integration of projects
  • The method of constructing basic engineering components that are part of a construction project

Subject Specific Intellectual

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Appraise the organisational aspects of the construction procurement process
  • Create a health and safety plan
  • Integrate CDM regulations into the construction process
  • Identify appropriate management tools for a given construction project
  • Apply correct procedures and practice within a construction project

Transferable and Generic

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Decision Making
  • Report writing
  • Become an independent learner

Subject Specific Practical

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Investigate and report on a real construction project
  • Manage your own health and safety while on a real construction project
  • Carry out investigation and analysis
  • Apply Computer software for construction planning

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understandings that University of Southampton students have the opportunity to develop. They include but extend beyond subject-specific knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are achieved through the successful attainment of the learning outcomes of the programmes, and successful engagement with the University’s co-curriculum e.g. the Graduate Passport.

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Summary of syllabus content

Contract strategies, Contract documents, Methods of payment, Law of contract Introduction to project management, Basic construction processes, Selection of plant, Site constraints, Critical path analysis, Resource levelling, Health and safety, Risk assessment, CDM regulations, Management of people Motivation, Construction planning.



Summary of teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, case studies, field work (on a construction site)

Learning activities include: An assignment to investigate how the theoretical principles of construction management are applied in practice. An assignment to use planning software to a construction project. Private study

The assignment requires a visit to a live construction site which will require you to apply the health and safety knowledge which you have learnt in the lecture course for looking after your own welfare. The assignment will also help you understand how the construction management principles that you have learnt during the lecture course are applied and used in engineering practice. The writing of the assignment should develop your ability to accurately and concisely report on investigation and analysis of real engineering activities. In addition, the timely completion of the assignment should develop your time management and independent learning skills both of which are essential for practising engineers.

Study Time allocation:

Contact hours: 30 hours

Private study hours: 120 hours

Total study time: 150 hours

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Investigatory report on how constructions projects work in practice 30%
Use of computer software to plan a construction project 10%
Exam      (Duration:2 hours) 60%

Referral Method

By examination

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Learning Resources

Resource type: Core textbook
ISBN: 0-582-41442-3

Griffith, A. and Howarth, T. Construction Health and Safety Management, Pearson Education Ltd.

Appendix: KIS hours

Contact hours for Teaching:Hours
Seminars (including sessions with outside speakers)0
Practical Classes and Workshops (including Boat work)0
Project supervision0
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Follow-up work18
Wider reading or practice46
Completion of assessment task22
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0