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AR50121: Management in construction

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 60%, EX 40%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (CW 60% - Qualifying Mark: 30)
  • Examination (EX 40% - Qualifying Mark: 30)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the discipline of management theory through a discussion of the wider (macro) view of management theory.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* explain the evolution of the discipline of management.
* use the concept of systems to depict the nature of the interaction between organisations and their environment.
* analyse the elements of a strategic system.
* understand the functioning of people in an organisation in terms of motivation, teamwork, leadership styles and the nature of management.

Written communication, problem solving, working independently.

The Evolution of Management Theories:
Historical setting, key theories and critiques, the classical school, the human relations school, the systems school and the contingency school.
The Environment of Organisations:
Levels - macro environment, micro environment.
Types - stable, complex, diverse, hostile.
Effect of environment on the organisation and vice versa.
The Strategic System:
Main elements of strategic management: analysis, choise, implementation. Reactor and planner approaches. Decision making and management elements.
The Organisational System:
Inputs, conversion processes, differentiation, integration. Structures in organisations: authority, social, power.
What Motivates People:
Organisations and individuals, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, ERG theory, two factor theory. Job characteristics.
Groups in Organisations:
Purposes and types of groups, effectiveness, conflict.
Theories: trait, style, contingency, best fit.
Characteristic and


Minzberg's six characteristics, Kotter's model. Nature, quantity and pace of work, agenda setting.
Contrasts and Change:
Job types and differences, Stewart's model, managing change.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50121 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

AR50121 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-ADC02 : PG Cert International Construction Management

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.