Management in the Built Environment
University of Reading
Area of Study
Construction Management, Management Science
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: School of Construction Management and EngineeringNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:5Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2014/5Module Convenor: Mr Bryan ParkesEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummary module description:An introduction and study of the application of management techniques in the built environment .There is an emphasis on projects and project management.Aims:To study various aspects of the built environment and the application of management techniques with particular emphasis on project management.Assessable learning outcomes:To gain an appreciation of the role of management and techniques needed to address the requirements of the 21st century built environmentAt the end of the module:? Students will understand the scale and importance of the built environment and the role of management? To develop the principles of the application of planning, organizing, leading and controlling resources in the modern development and construction enterprise? An appreciation of the property development process.? To study the importance of projects, the role of the project manager and project teams? Students to gain an overview of the international context, drivers and cultural influences? Students will have an introduction to the key management tools particularly related to projects e.g. time, cost, quality? An appreciation of the main risks facing the construction enterprise and a more in depth study of risks associated with projects? Particular emphasis on the management of health and safety within the built environment including relevant regulations and management systemsAdditional outcomes:Additional outcomesStudents will enhance their abilities to conduct on line group discussions and preparation of an essay assignment based on contemporary industry challenges.They will develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which managers interact with the built environment by the use of tools and techniquesOutline content:General introduction, content, learning resources & assessment? Management challenges in the built environment? The development process? Managing internationally ?an introduction? The role of projects & project management? Project tools & techniques (1) time & cost? Project tools & techniques (2) production & quality conformance? Risk in business & projects? The management of health & safety ?minimum 4 hoursGlobal context:The students are encouraged to develop an international perspective in studying management which is supported by a lecture in international managementBrief description of teaching and learning methods:The module is delivered via lectures and seminars on relevant topics.There is one on line group discussion board to encourage interaction between the student who are allocated groups. Typically the students will be asked to discuss a current issue or initiative in the industry e.g. consider how cost and time reductions can be achieved to meet the requirements o f the Construction 2025 industry report.There is further learning from the coursework essay task which will ask the students to look at a current problem area e.g. reduction of accidents on sites.Contact hours:Autumn SpringLectures 10 8Seminars 2Guided independent study 80Total hours by term 90.00 10.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 80Written assignment including essay 10Set exercise 10Other information on summative assessment:Formative assessment methods:Weekly drop in session up to 2 hours for students,conducted by module coordinatorPenalties for late submission:The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.Length of examination:One two-hour written examination (80%)Requirements for a pass:40% overallReassessment arrangements:One two hour re-examination for failing the examination and /or one on line assignment for failing courseworkLast updated: 6 November 2014
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