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AR40319: Civil engineering management 3

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 2
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
This unit aims to:
* introduce the discipline of management theory through a discussion of both the wider (macro) view of management theory and the micro view of how people function in organisations.

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

Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught and assessed
Professional/Practical skills
* To give students an appropriate understand of management theory in preparation for employment as a graduate in the construction industry - taught and facilitated
Transferable/key skills
* To communicate ideas in writing - facilitated and assessed.

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 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
Leadership - theories: trait, style, contingency, best fit
Characteristics and content - 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.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40319 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng (hons) Civil Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng (hons) Civil Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* 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.