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Develop the skills you’ll need to lead and manage teams, identifying and putting into practice innovative solutions to construction-related problems. This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
With an emphasis on construction and projects you’ll gain the key skills necessary to choose between a variety of management roles in the construction sector.
The practical emphasis in our specialist modules gives you the confidence and encouragement needed to develop your own management style.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have a complete understanding of the role of the construction manager throughout the whole construction process.
You’ll be well prepared for a broad range of careers related to building, civil engineering, the built environment and the support of building users. From managing new building projects or existing building stock, to design and production or providing specialist services, you’ll have plenty of career choices. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Built Environment PhD.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Management TheoryThis module is designed to facilitate each student’s development of their own individual knowledge base and approach to management. Its aim is to get students to develop their own particular approach to management by establishing a solid foundation of management knowledge and integrating this with their own values, experiences and goals, to provide the basis for a life-long development of their management skills. It is based on a thorough understanding of the theories and practice of management, reinforced by examples of best practice drawn from a wide range of organisations, together with an appreciation of the context and constraints that influence organisations and management. The module will consider the main activities of management from an integrating perspective, together with identifying and developing the qualities required for a successful manager, including leadership. Organisations form the focus of management, consequently the module will develop a sound understanding of the functions, forms, operation and behaviour of organisations in a variety of contexts and situations, together with an appreciation of how all aspects of management are integrated in the management of organisations. Students will examine and critically evaluate examples of good management and bad management, with regard to developing workable solutions that can be applied to management situations and to facilitate the application of management principles and practice to their own field of work.
Management PracticeThis module recognises the importance of people to the success of organisations and that organisational performance is largely dependent on the performance of its human resources, which in turn is determined by the quality and effectiveness of their management. This module is designed to enable each student to develop their own individual knowledge base and approach to effectively manage human resources, by establishing a solid foundation of human resource management knowledge and integrating this with your own values, experiences and goals to provide the basis for the life-long development of management skills. It is based on a thorough understanding of the theories, principles and practice of human resource management together with critical evaluation of examples of human resource management from a wide variety of situations. The module emphasises the development of the personal skills and traits required to successfully manage human resources, together with effective knowledge management to maximise their success in a knowledge-based economy.
Production ManagementThis module provides you with an in-depth consideration of the specialist methods and applications required to manage modern, complex and fast-paced construction projects. The focus of the module is on the management of the productive resources used in construction and in the analysis and management of construction as a ‚process’ within a project environment.
Procurement and Supply Chain ManagementYou will gain an in-depth consideration of the principles and practices of procurement across a wide range of different approaches and situations, including direct and integrated approaches such as supply chain management and partnering.
Sustainability and Environmental ManagementHere, you will look at wider developments in environmental protection and how these affect construction, as well as how construction affects them. You will also examine the demands that greater environmental awareness places on the built environment.
Project Planning and ControlThis module is designed to enable you to develop a systematic understanding of the principles, practices and systems used to plan and control projects. It is designed to provide a critical insight into the use of integrated planning and programming software programs when used together with Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) to provide effective management of all aspects of a project, including resources, time and cost. We will encourage you to develop a proactive approach to the planning and management of projects, with the integrated project management programme providing the key management tool and source of useable management information.
Economic, Legal and Political FrameworkFirms in the built environment are very dependent on the external environment and this module enables students to understand and analyse these complex relationships and the impact they have on firms. This module is designed to give you an appreciation of the influence of economic, political and legal influences so that you are able to develop on appreciation of the complex inter-relationships involved and synthesise these. Topics covered equip you with a theoretical base which you will then be able to apply to current events through own research and debates. The module is assessed by a written assignment and an exam so you can demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and theories and their applications.
Research Design and MethodsGain an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design and develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research for your major project/dissertation. You will get an understanding of a range of approaches to research, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, together with an understanding of a number of specific research methods. You will develop your knowledge of research design in order to critically consider the design for your research project, including preparing your proposal and considering ethics and ethical issues. You will develop a theoretical and practical foundation from which to develop your Masters Level Major Project/Dissertation.
Masters ProjectYou’ll chose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.
We’ll assess you through a combination of assignments, case studies, examinations, group work and presentations.