KA3009 - Construction Management

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to provide an introduction to construction management. You will appreciate the project-based and uniquely structured construction industry, and the professional roles that operate in it. You will develop an understanding of how the construction industry is structured, how it operates, and its economic significance. The module will also provide knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of the key project team members, how they relate to each other and how they influence the construction project outcomes. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of core construction project deliverables and constraints, including how these are managed on a project, how they are linked together, and how they are connected to the client. Overall, the module will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner to support your future personal and professional development.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures will introduce the practices and principles of construction projects and the wider construction industry. An introduction will also be made to the related professional roles which are key to a project’s function. Seminars will make use of interactive/enquiry-based learning activities as the primary mode of delivery and learning. This will typically involve using case study material and practical exemplars, student presentations, and in-class discussions to enable you to explore the module content and enhance your learning. As you move through the module, you will be encouraged to practice research-based approaches to analyse current practices and problems within the construction industry and propose potential solutions.

A range of authentic learning experiences will provide context to your classroom-based learning. You will learn about the unique features of the industry and projects through contact with professionals from within the field. This contact with the industry will also allow you to create links with potential employers, which will potentially boost future employment prospects.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Extensive use will be made of the eLearning platform [blackboard] to direct you to learning opportunities. This will be in the form of the teaching material and supporting documents such as research papers, current media coverage, interesting web links, and relevant videos. By using lectures and seminars as the delivery mechanism, you will be provided with regular feedback for improvement and a more informal platform to ask the questions necessary to support your successful learning. The guest lectures will enhance your learning by providing a professional context linked to our industry.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand the U.K. construction industry structure and management, including professional roles and project constraints.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Interrogate a construction project processes and outcomes in the context of the broader organisational requirements and constraints.
3. You will develop skills and techniques in verbal and visual communication and the construction process and presentation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will develop the theory and execution of reflective practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be used to allow you to build confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Additional formative feedback shall be delivered to you verbally by academic staff during formally scheduled teaching and individual or group activity-based sessions to help you learn and prepare you for submitting your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be by group presentation and then and individual reflective coursework that together will assess your ability to satisfy the module learning outcomes.

You will first be assessed by group presentation which allows you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the construction industry, its processes and management. You will be assessed using a problem-based approach, allowing you to critically apply your knowledge from the module to a real-world scenario. The presentation will be assessing Module Learning Outcomes (MLOs) 1, 2, and 3.

You will then be assessed through an individual reflective coursework which focuses on Module Learning Outcome (MLO) 4.

You will use the University’s eLP [Blackboard] to digitally submit your coursework and receive your feedback using appropriate digital feedback tools.





Module abstract

The construction industry is a complex, dynamic and exciting global industry. It shapes all of our lives by providing the built environment in which we live. This module provides the opportunity to understand the scope and complexity of the role of a construction manager. In addition, the varied and significant professional roles operating alongside the construction manager and within construction project teams are explored in this module, giving consideration to how they are interrelated and to the impact of project constraints upon them.

A range of activities supports your learning in this module, including opportunities to meet industry professionals to enable you to understand the reality of how the industry operates and the extensive use of group working during the seminars to allow you to develop your interpersonal skills. Interactive seminars will allow you to explore in-depth the features of the industry and its structure. The module is situated at level 3 to introduce you to knowledge and understanding before embarking on the undergraduate degree.

Course info

UCAS Code K441

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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