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ECM2204 - Construction Site Management (2019)

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MODULE TITLEConstruction Site Management CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2204 MODULE CONVENERMr Charlie Statham (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
Module ECM 2204 Construction Site Management will introduce you to some of the external factors that will shape your design work as an engineer; the design team members, contracts, project management methods, construction regulations, and sustainability criteria, amongst others.
 
Design Team Members (including the Client, Developer, Project Manager, Cost Estimator, Architect, Engineering Consultants, Sub-Consultants, Contractor, Sub-Contractors)
 
Contracts (Fee Proposal, Scope of Works, Terms and Conditions, Traditional, Design and Build, Partnering, etc)
 
Project Management Methods (Business Case, Risk, Procurement, Planning, Estimation, Scheduling, Cost Control, Earned Value Management, Quality Management, Change Control)
 
Construction Regulations (Health and Safety Executive, Building Regulations, Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015)
 
Sustainability (Environmental Protection Act, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), Low Carbon Design)
 
These factors will be linked back to real life projects, so that you can understand how they are applied, and how they will affect you.  There will also be an element of surveying, so that you can gain an understanding of how sites are reconnoitred and then set out.  The surveying package will include:
 
Use of theodolite, level, tapes and electronic distance measurement device
Data handling and processing
Error resolution
Design of surveys  
 

Towards your management skills, this module has the requirement to schedule, administrate and then write up two meetings, over the course of the year.  Each meeting, likely to be a tele-conference, will require the presence of yourself the student, your company line manager, and your academic mentor.  Your documentation will be saved to OneFile, as evidence of your progression.

 
AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to give you an awareness of the ‘external’ factors that will affect your engineering project, from the client requirements, to available finance, to the imposed deadlines.  In better understanding the other project ‘players’ and the constraints that they face, you will be well placed as an engineer to assist in delivering a project that achieves the business case. This broad knowledge will help you to produce a design that not only achieves the mathematical and physical challenges, but also meets the aesthetic, budgetary and programme criteria.

 

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
 
Module Specific Skills and Knowledge
 
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the design team members and their roles.  Especially the professional and ethical conduct required of an engineer (D1p, D5p, ET1p)
 
2. Understand the basic requirement of a binding contract and the importance of agreements between legal entities (D1p, D2p, ET1p, ET2p, ET5p, ET6p, EP5p)
 
3. Demonstrate an ability to use project management tools, to better understand the organisation of a building scheme (D1p, D2p, D3p, D5p, ET3p, EP7p)
 
4. Understand the regulations that govern construction, so that the design work can meet these requirements    (ET1p, ET2p, ET6p, EP5p)
 
5. Develop an understanding of the impact that construction activities have upon the environment, and how these can be mitigated (ET2p, ET4p, ET6p)
 
6. Carry out basic surveying techniques to map topography (EP7p, G1p)
 
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge
 
7. Investigate and define a problem, identifying constraints, such as environmental, sustainability limitations, ethical, health and safety (D1p, D2p, D3p, ET1p)  
 
Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge
 
8. Analyse a situation, and then use management techniques to achieve an aim (D1p, D2p, D3p, D5p, ET3p)
 
9. Carry out directed private study using textbooks, and other provided resources (G2p, G3p)
 
10. Work as a team to gather and present data; drawing conclusions (G1p)
 
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
  • Lectures on design team members such as the project manager, cost consultant, architect and contractor
  • Lectures on contracts, liability, and other legal aspects
  • Lectures on project management
  • Lectures on construction regulations and health & safety considerations
  • Lectures on environmental impact, sustainability, embodied energy, and low carbon construction
  • Case studies of engineering projects, concentrating on the legal aspects, design team interaction, project management and environmental considerations
  • Surveying: lecture and outdoor practical sessions

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 48.00 Guided Independent Study 102.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Surveying workshops
Guided independent study 100 Preparation & private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
There will be opportunities to reflect on and review work undertaken towards assessed Coursework.     Discussion within Tutorials

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – Construction Project Management Report 30 A report, charts and programmes (equivalent to 4,000 words) D1p, D2p, D3p, D5p, ET1p, ET2p, ET3p, ET5p, ET6p, EP5p, EP7p Mark returned
Coursework – Sustainable Design Case Study 30 A report, drawings and calculations (equivalent to 3,000 words) D1p, D2p, D3p, ET1p, ET4p Mark returned
Coursework – Survey Report 30 A report, drawings and calculations (equivalent to 3,000 words) EP7p, G1p Mark returned
Meeting Organisation 10 2 Meetings, completed by the last residential of year 8, 9, 11 Feedback through EBART

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All above Coursework (100%) All  Complete over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Chudley, R, Greeno, R Building Construction Handbook 8th Elsevier Science and Technology 2010 9781856178051 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM2201, ECM1203
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 14 March 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 13 November 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Construction Management, Surveying