Module code: ENG3182

Module Overview

Civil Engineers generally only build prototypes, with only one chance to get it right safely, on time and on budget requires good management skills. This module addresses the main issues facing Civil Engineers involved in the management of construction projects. Tendering, planning, decision making, organisation and cost control are all key aspects of project management which are covered in the module. This module also seeks to give the student an understanding of the commercial aspects of investment in the construction industry as well as the ability to be able to manage financial resources at business enterprise and project level. The module will therefore examine the role of finance and the control of capital across the construction process seeking to identify the position of stakeholders, banks and other financial institutions in the provision of capital investment.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

THORNE Anthony (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: K220

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the normal progression  requirements from FHEQ Level 5 on a degree course.

Module content

  • Business structures, enterprise finance, financial markets and institutions

  • The investment of capital, the financial interests of stakeholders.

  • The tools and techniques for analysing a company’s financial performance, financial control and reporting.

  • Quality Assurance ISO9000 and Total Quality Management Systems.

  • The role and duties of the Project Manager.

  • The formation of Project teams.

  • Systems and contingency approach to management; external supra-system, sub-systems namely, management, psycho social, technical, goals and values and structural.

  • Decision making process and techniques.

  • The tools of the Project Manager, including, networks, PERT, Line of Balance, cost optimisation.

  • Procurement systems.

  • Introduction to the various UK procurement systems and the consideration of the likely client project objectives.

  • Tendering procedures and tender evaluation and contract award procedures (UK Public Contract Regulations), for measurement, schedule of rates, lump sum and cost plus contracts.

  • Contractual risks.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a working knowledge of financial management related to companies, the roles and duties of project management and an understanding of procurement methods and their selection, via a combination of coursework and examination.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of :

  • Examination (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11) (b,e,h) (2 hours) (60%)

  • Coursework 1 Project Management and Planning assignment (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed 8, 9, b, c, d, g, h.) (10 hours) (20%)

  • Coursework 2 Finance assignment (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed 1, 2, 3, b, c, d, e, f, g.) (10 hours) (20%)

Formative assessment and feedback (as above)

Students will receive written feedback on their coursework assignments as well as general verbal feedback in class.

Power point presentations and other learning materials will be provided to students and where appropriate placed on Surrey Learn.

Module aims

  • An introduction to the basic principles of Finance, Business Structure
  • The ability to analyse corporate financial reports and to assess business success
  • The ability to compare and contrast procurement systems and evaluate client business needs and construction project objectives/priorities
  • A systematic understanding of tender methods & tendering evaluation procedures
  • Knowledge of contractual risks and the management of risk
  • An appraisal of the roles and duties of the Project Manager
  • An awareness of the Project Manager's objectives in relation to projects
  • A comprehensive understanding of the factors to be taken into consideration when forming a project team
  • An evaluation of the contingency and systems theory approach to management.
  • A critical appraisal of the aims and objectives of decision making
  • An awareness of Quality Assurance and Total Quality Management in relation to civil engineering
  • A systematic understanding of the choice and use of the ‘tools' of the project manager

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the forms of business structures and confirm their appropriateness to differing business activities. KCPT
002 Appreciate the mechanics of the investment process, the flow of funds in the economy, financial institutions and markets, to the role of government and the principles of fiscal monetary policies. KCPT
003 Read and interpret financial accounts and statements, use this information effectively for assessing company performance, communicate authoritively with accountants and financial specialists. KCPT
004 Appraise Quality Assurance (QA) systems to ISO9000 and apply these techniques to a civil engineering case study organisation. KCPT
005 Explain the concept of Total Quality Management and distinguish it from QA. KCPT
006 Explain the roles and duties of the Construction Project Manager KCPT
007 Carry out management assessments utilising the systems and contingency approach. KCPT
008 Assess the considerations on which decision making can be based. KCPT
009 Apply a range of planning methods to various aspects of the civil   engineering construction process. KCPT
010 Explain procurement and tendering and be able to appraise the techniques and methods in relation to EU procurement directives and UK public contract regulations. KCPT
011 Explain the concept of contractual risks in civil engineering and illustrate their application in risk registers. KCPT
012 Listening. T
013 Synthesis of Data T
014 Graphical presentation of Data T
015 Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawing T
016 Technical Report writing T
017 Information retrieval skills T
018 Independent learning skills T
019 Reviewing assessing, critical thinking skills T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 3

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to:

Deliver this module principally by lectures and the use of in-class case studies where appropriate to provide an appreciation of the principles and techniques of Construction, Business & Project Management

The learning and teaching methods include:-

  • Roles and responsibilities of  The Project Manager Lecture (3 hours)

  • The formation of project Teams Lecture (3hours)

  • Types of business finance Lecture (3 hours)

  • Company financial statements Lecture (3hours)

  • Interpreting financial reports Lecture (3hours)

  • Procurement methods/selection Lecture (3 hours)

  • Tendering & contract award (3 hours)

  • The tools of  Project Management (Planning networks) Lecture (3hours)

  • The Tools of Project Management (Cost optimisation/Line of Balance Lecture(3 hours)

  • Systems and Contingency Theory Lecture (3 hours)

  • Decision Making Lecture  (3 hours)

  • Module revision, and preparation for end of module Examination (3 hours)

  • Preparation and writing of essay/case study assignments (20 hours)

  • Independent, directed and guided reading (92 hours)

  • Exam (2 Hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.