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The aim of this subject is for students to synthesise both macro and micro views about the specialist contracting sector. The subject reviews the reasons for the existence of specialist sectors in construction as well as its relationship to regulatory regimes, market and trade sectors, design, management practice and socio-technical consideration.
Students capture information and data through industry and formal research, class exercises, readings and lectures. Assignments will consolidate all aspects of the content covered.
The 3 hour weekly sessions will include lectures, guest lectures, class participation, and discussion. Students will be able to synthesise from class sessions, readings, private research, and working in groups.
Intended learning outcomes
- To clarify the extent to which the construction industry operates with specialists, and articulate the reasons behind this organisational structure;
- To introduce students to specialised fields in construction, subcontracting, and subcontractors’ practices;
- To familiarise students with terminology and protocols of specialist work in construction;
- To articulate the impact specialists have on the construction process; and
- To research current practices and issues in specialist contracting.
- Ability to identify the need for specialists and subcontractors.
- Ability to engage with specialists and subcontractors effectively.
- Ability to oversee an integral planning and construction process.
- Ability to read and understand socio-technical circumstances in construction.
- Ability to appreciate the impact of specialists’ and subcontractors’ work.
Last updated: 3 November 2022