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AR40319: Advanced construction management

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40319 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)