Management in the Built Environment

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Management in the Built Environment

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Mr Bryan Parkes
    Summary 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.
    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 environment
    At 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 systems
    Additional outcomes:
    Additional outcomes
    Students 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 techniques
    Outline 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 hours
    Global context:
    The students are encouraged to develop an international perspective in studying management which is supported by a lecture in international management
    Brief 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 Spring
    Lectures 10 8
    Seminars 2
    Guided independent study 80
    Total hours by term 90.00 10.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 80
    Written assignment including essay 10
    Set exercise 10
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Formative assessment methods:
    Weekly drop in session up to 2 hours for students,conducted by module coordinator
    Penalties 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% overall
    Reassessment arrangements:
    One two hour re-examination for failing the examination and /or one on line assignment for failing coursework
    Last updated: 6 November 2014

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