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CENV2027 Construction Management

Module Overview

This module provides the basic understanding of the management processes involved in delivering a construction project from the client’s aspirations, through the design process to the construction and final delivery to the client. The module addresses both the hard and soft skills required to manage construction and builds extensively on the students’ experiences at Constructionarium. Numerous examples from real construction projects are used to enhance the students learning experience. The module looks at construction management from the perspectives of clients, designers, contractors and sub-contractors.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The management and motivation of people
  • The basic construction process in order to satisfy a client's needs
  • The criteria used for the selection and use of the major items of construction plant
  • The importance and implementation of health and safety issues
  • The management and integration of projects
  • The method of constructing basic engineering components that are part of a construction project
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appraise the organisational aspects of the construction procurement process
  • Create a health and safety plan
  • Integrate CDM regulations into the construction process
  • Identify appropriate management tools for a given construction project
  • Apply correct procedures and practice within a construction project
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Decision Making
  • Report writing
  • Become an independent learner
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Investigate and report on a real construction project
  • Manage your own health and safety while on a real construction project
  • Carry out investigation and analysis
  • Apply Computer software for construction planning


Contract strategies, Contract documents, Methods of payment, Law of contract Introduction to project management, Basic construction processes, Selection of plant, Site constraints, Critical path analysis, Resource levelling, Health and safety, Risk assessment, CDM regulations, Management of people Motivation, Construction planning.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, case studies, field work (on a construction site) Learning activities include: An assignment to investigate how the theoretical principles of construction management are applied in practice. An assignment to use planning software to a construction project. Private study The assignment requires a visit to a live construction site which will require you to apply the health and safety knowledge which you have learnt in the lecture course for looking after your own welfare. The assignment will also help you understand how the construction management principles that you have learnt during the lecture course are applied and used in engineering practice. The writing of the assignment should develop your ability to accurately and concisely report on investigation and analysis of real engineering activities. In addition, the timely completion of the assignment should develop your time management and independent learning skills both of which are essential for practising engineers.

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Griffith, A. and Howarth, T.. Construction Health and Safety Management. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 30%
Examination  (120 minutes) 60%
Project 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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