KB6029 - Management of People

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn through understanding the key requirements and practices related to the management of people within the context of the construction industry.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures will be used to introduce the practices and principles concerning the management of people within the construction industry. The seminars will typically involve the use of electronic materials (such as web links and videos), presentations, and in-class discussions. Through these media, students will be encouraged to practice research based problem-solving to analysis current problems within the construction industry and propose potential solutions. These issues will include construction culture or how greater collaborative working practice within the construction industry could improve profit margins and client satisfaction.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) will be used to support you and facilitate academic staff directed learning. This will be in the form of the teaching material and supporting documents, such as research papers, current media coverage, web links and videos. Students will be provided with formative feedback during formally scheduled teaching sessions.

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?

What will I be expected to achieve?
(SRS 0005)

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Evaluate key issues in the management of people in the delivery of quality construction projects.
• Review and critically evaluate approaches to managing and developing people to meet changing technical and managerial needs in the delivery of quality construction projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Examine and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the delivery of construction projects.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural and ethical issues in relation to the management of people in the delivery of quality construction projects.

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 the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be by one piece of coursework that will assess your ability to satisfy all the module learning outcomes. You will use the University’s VLE to submit your coursework digitally and will receive your feedback using appropriate digital feedback tools.





Module abstract

Managing a successful construction project requires the management of time, cost, quality and safety. To be able to do this effectively, a construction professional must be able to manage their most important resource – people. This module will provide knowledge and understanding to allow you to do this. The assessment for the module includes an opportunity to engage with technology-enhanced learning. The module is situated at level 6 to allow students to reflect upon their knowledge and understanding following the sandwich placement year and ultimately prepare for graduate employment.

Course info

UCAS Code K251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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