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Develop your own individual management approach on our Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) accredited course. Work alongside professionals and industry experts to practically gain the key management skills and knowledge you need for a variety of management roles in the construction or property sectors.
If you have a degree in the built environment or already work in the construction industry our course will help you take your construction project management career further still.
You’ll get the skills and knowledge you need for a variety of roles in construction and the wider property world. You’ll develop your style as a manager and explore technological, economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political and sociological factors and their effect on project management.
By the time you graduate you’ll confidently understand management and organisations and have the right techniques to solve complex problems and make important management decisions.
Our course will prepare you for a wide range of management and project roles in the construction and property industries. 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.
Project Management SystemsThis module establishes the framework for the management of projects and develops a comprehensive understanding of the role and functions of the project manager throughout the project life-cycle, from inception to completion, together with the diverse range of resources and activities that the project manager must plan, co-ordinate and control to achieve a successful project.
Risk and Value ManagementGain a comprehensive understanding of risk and value management, the processes and management issues involved and how these can be applied throughout the project life cycle to improve the outcomes of a project. You will look at the integration of risk management and value management, the psychological aspects of risk, together with its management and application to projects.
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.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods that address both theory and practice and include assignments, case studies, exams, group work and presentations.