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CEG8002 : Construction Project Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dilum Dissanayake
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to allow students to develop a better understanding of the project life cycle and an awareness of the factors at each stage that influence and impact upon achieving successful project outcomes.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Project Life Cycle
•       Risk and Opportunity
•       Challenge based decision making
The Conception Stage
•       Corporate and Social Responsibility
•       The role of the client
•       Strategic leadership
•       The business case
•       Identifying project objectives / Briefing / Requirements Capture
•       Construction Contracts and law
•       EU Procurement law
•       Integrated teams
•       Selecting and building the team
•       Partnering
•       Role of the partnering facilitator
•       The role of the client advisor

The Definition Stage
•       Construction planning
•       Risk management
•       Value management and engineering
•       KPIs and DQIs
•       Estimating and tendering
•       Tender and bid selection

The Implementation Stage
•       The Project Management Plan
•       Construction processes and Planning
•       Lean processes and innovation

The Close Out Stage
•       Measuring Success
•       Capturing Knowledge

There is a ‘Visualisation and BIM’ thread through the Civil Engineering programmes, mainly evident in the Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems (DSES) project modules. Stage 3 MEng students the previous year will have been encouraged to explore the use of Revit for collaborative data handling between their specialist teams in the small scale context of their design project module (CEG3004). This module goes on to broaden and deepen the students’ awareness of the latest requirements and opportunities for BIM in the context of full scale construction projects.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Teamworking group report.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Project delivery plan.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation and delivery of poster presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical28:0016:00Computer based project, planning and control simulation.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity271:0027:00Small group teaching activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered mainly through lectures, group seminars, computer simulation and small group teaching activities. Knowledge of theory and practice are addressed within the contact time and the small group teaching activities will be organised so that a combination of exercise, worked examples and discussion can engage the student with their personal formation in the subject area.

The lectures, simulation and small group teaching activities input will primarily take place in both weeks 1 and 2.

In the period between weeks 1 and 2 the student groups will engage in research and preparation ahead of week 2 where the student groups will concentrate on the production of the assessment documentation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation301M20Group poster presentation. Approx. 30 minutes
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M60Group project delivery plan. 5000 words
Report1M20Teamworking group report. 1500 Words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes of this module are about developing student skills and abilities to deliver effective and efficient construction projects. As “live” projects are delivered through teams of people working together it is essential that the students are able to simulate some of this practice. The assessment will be carried out in groups. Peer assessment applies to the Project Management Report. The Assessment profile for the module consists of three main activities as stated below:
Presentation (20%), Project Management Report (60%), Team Working Report( 20%).

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