Module code: ENGM238

Module Overview

The prime aim of this module is to give the student the ability to operate in the varying and changing environment of construction. It is also the aim of the module to develop students’ ability to appreciate the principles and techniques in the management of a construction organisation and in the initiating of construction projects.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

THORNE Anthony (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H210

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for FHEQ Level 7

Module content


Indicative content includes:

  • Development of management thought.

Historical development of management theory, from Classical, Organisational, Human Resources era through to system and contingency theories.

  • Leadership and motivation.

Examination of Trait, Style and Situational Leadership Theories. Motivational Theories from Maslow, Hertzberg, McGregor. Through to modern theories of best fit.

  • Company culture and management styles.

Organisational Theory including Handy’ 4 Culture Theory and Autocratic/Democratic styles.

  • Organisation theory – systems theory.

Development of Systems/Black Box concepts, PEST Theory.

  • Roles and responsibilities of people and parties involved in the project.

Project management team selection, communications, Golden Triangle.

  • Production and efficiency of construction organisation and projects.

Use of systems and sub-systems approach for the control of projects.

  • Identification of different procurement routes.

An overview of UK procurement systems, including an evaluation of the roles, relationships, responsibilities and the risks carried by the parties that form the organisation and contractual arrangements for the project.

  • Selection and suitability of procurement strategy

The importance of the strategic decision making process to achieve the clients business needs and the objectives for the construction project.

  • Project Development Appraisals.

Financial investment feasibility study in which the anticipated values and costs can be compared in order to determine the cost of land for development, and the importance of controlling costs during the design development stage.

  • Finance for construction and controlling costs during design.

Understanding the role of the project manager to assist a client in obtaining finance to fund speculative property development.

  • Improving efficiency using Value Engineering and management.

Study of the use of VE in the examination of projects in order to develop more economic ways of constructing and delivering projects. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 20
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an overall knowledge of management theory and its applications to the construction industry.

Thus the summative assessment of this module consists of:

  • Examination (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, b, d and g) (2 hours) (60%)

  • Coursework 1: Procurement essay assignment (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, b, c, d, e, f and g) (10 hours) (20%)

  • Coursework 2: Management and Organisation essay assignment (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, b, c, e, f and g) (10 hours) (20%)


Formative assessment and feedback.

Formative assessment will be through a range of self-assessment questions provided within the comprehensive teaching notes and on SurreyLearn.

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

Module aims

  • A comprehensive overview of UK procurement systems
  • An explanation of the procurement selection and strategy in relation to the client's business needs and the likely project objectives
  • An introduction to the requirements of project development: appraisals and finance for construction
  • An understanding of the techniques involved in controlling costs during the design stage of a project
  • A comprehensive overview of the development of management thinking in relation to construction and civil engineering organisations.
  • A broader view of leadership, motivation, company culture and management styles
  • An understanding of the roles and responsibility of the roles of people and parties involved in construction and engineering projects
  • An appraisal of current organisational theory related to companies and projects
  • An explanation of the use of value engineering in pursuit of improving efficiency

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Define construction as an organic system KT
002 Recognise and critically review the use of concepts and techniques in order to achieve project success KCT
003 Analyse construction procurement for efficiency KCT
004 Recognise the efficiency  problems in allocating risk in construction procurement methods KCPT
005 Characterise the role of management in an organisation KT
006 Analyse the role of the client and how construction is instigated KCT
007 Analyse the role and limitation of the client's project manager KCT
008 Be able to make decisions on the choice of project strategy KCT
009 Develop an awareness and interpretation of the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the construction process especially the client, the project manager and the designer KCT
010 Develop an appreciation of the present state of the UK construction industry in terms of efficiency and current practices KT
011 Recognise the use of value engineering techniques in improving the efficiency of construction organisations KCT
012 Listening T
013 Synthesis of data T
014 Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawings/presentation T
015 Technical Report Writing T
016 Information retrieval skills T
017 Independent learning skills T
018 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 learning and teaching 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 in the management of a construction organisation and the initiation of construction projects.

The learning and teaching methods include;

  • Development of management thought lecture (3 hours)

  • Leadership lecture (3 hours)

  • Motivation; Company culture and management styles lecture (3 hours)

  • Procurement routes; traditional, design & build, management lecture (3 hours)

  • Partnering & frameworks.  PFI. and the selection & suitability of procurement routes lecture (3 hours)

  • Project development appraisals lecture (3 hours)

  • Finance for Construction and controlling costs during design lecture (3 hours)

  • Organisation and systems theory lecture (3 hours)

  • Roles and responsibilities of people and parties in a project lecture (3 hours)

  • Production efficiency of construction organisations and projects lecture (3 hours)

  • Value engineering and management lecture (3 hours)

  • Module revision for examination and preparation for end of module examination. (3 hours)

  • Preparation and writing of essay 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
Structural Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.