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This subject provides an introduction to the nature and construction industry both locally and internationally. It investigates the roles and responsibilities of a range of industry stakeholders and introduces project procurement systems and contracts. Theories relating to management and project management and how they apply to the construction industry are presented. The subject then focuses on issues affecting the management of construction projects at the site level. An overview of production management and how it relates to the construction industry is provided along with consideration of issues affecting the efficient use of resources such as labour, subcontract labour, materials, plant and equipment. Labour productivity improvement techniques to such as work study and activity sampling are presented. Industrial relations, site safety and quality assurance are introduced along with construction project planning methods. Critical path scheduling is presented and the construction plan for a small scale building is undertaken.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Understand the role of the construction industry in the economy;
- Appreciate the role of various design and construction professionals;
- Understand the basic theories of management and project management;
- Identify factors affecting the selection of the project procurement systems;
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of site management procedures for the efficient and effective use of resources on a construction site;
- Appreciate factors affecting site productivity including the factors of industrial relations and safety at the site level;
- Show a sound knowledge of critical path scheduling and apply this knowledge to a given situation.
- Problem-solving skills
- Team work skills
- Analytical skills
- Communication skills
Last updated: 10 November 2023