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Undergraduate Course: Construction Management 3 (CIVE09013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIn this course, students develop an understanding of the procedures and the impact of the construction stage of the Civil Engineering Process. The course is structured to introduce and expose the students to modern construction practice, the methods in which construction projects are undertaken and the ways in which they are planned and managed, taking into account environmental and quality issues. Students will also gain experience of using modern project planning software.
Course description Lectures: Titles & Contents
Module 1 Construction Site Management
L1 Segment introduction
Outline of the course, aims and objectives of the course, course assessment, milestones and references. Introduction to coursework requirements.
L2 Site establishment and management
The structure of civil engineering sites is introduced and the personnel and methods used in their management are discussed. The procedures involved in setting up a civil engineering construction site.
L3 Construction resources
Labour, plant and materials are the elements of construction that provide the overall project. We shall look at the management of these resources.
L4 Construction methods 1
Introduction to construction processes; earthworks.
L5 Construction methods 2
Earthworks continued.
L6 Construction methods 3
L7 Construction methods 4
L8 Construction methods 5
L9 Construction methods 6
L10 Construction methods 7
Craneage continued
L11 Plant Management
Introduces the concepts and practices that construction companies adopt when using plant. Discusses the decision processes involved in selecting the plant to be used on a construction project.
L12 Quality Management
The use of quality plans on construction sites.
L13 Management of construction waste
Construction activities are one of the largest generators of waste in the UK. The disposal of waste has environmental as well as financial implications and this lecture will discuss how waste can be managed more effectively.
L14 Management of construction personnel
Getting the best from the managerial and operations personnel.
L15 Management of construction personnel
Getting the best from the managerial and operations personnel.
L16 Management of construction setting out
Ensuring that construction is carried out to the correct line and level.

Module 2 Project Planning Software
This module consists of a series of computing laboratories where students are introduced to the type of project planning software which is used within modern construction organisations. The sessions will start in week 6 and will be largely self-paced.
This software will also be used in various projects in years 4 and 5 of the degree programme.
Software which will be introduced:
Microsoft Project

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
- understand and plan for common construction processes;
- understand the variety of resources used in these processes, with particular reference to the procurement and management of construction plant & equipment
- plan for construction projects in terms of the activities and resources used;
- appreciate the mechanisms of managing the different types of personnel on construction projects; understand the importance of setting out, quality and management of waste in construction
Reading List
Modern Construction Management, fourth edition Frank Harris, Ronald McCaffer, Blackwell, 1995.
Suggested further reading:
Civil Engineering: Supervision and Management, Twort, A.C., Rees, G.J. Arnold, 1995
The Practice of Construction Management, Barry Fryer, BSP, 1990
Construction planning, programming and control, Brian Cooke and Peter Williams, Palgrave, 199

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Course organiserDr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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