Module code: ENGM239

Module Overview

This module seeks to give construction project managers a working knowledge of modern project management and risk management techniques.

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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for FHEQ Level 7

Module content

  • Introduction to project planning and control.

Explanation as to the purpose and use of planning techniques in the construction industry.

  • Benefits of planning a project.

Setting out a strategy to achieve stated construction project objectives, explanation of strategic, tactical and short term planning

  • Project programming requirements.

The planning and control cycle, project planning development, WBS and scope management

  • Project planning methods;

Bar-charts, critical path analysis, precedence diagrams, elemental trend analysis, cost optimisation techniques, PERT cost techniques.

  • Work breakdown structures.

The purpose of WBS to sub-divide the scope of the work into manageable packages.

  • Planning sequences and forecasting work packages.

Explanation as to the value of Construction Work Packages and their use on major projects.

  • Method statements for planning

Explanation as to the development and use of analytical and descriptive method statements..

  • Planning – establishing outputs.

Basis for calculating how long activities will take, including, reference to unit rate estimating,  synthetics and analytical estimating.

  • Computer programming and use of project management software.

Overview of the use of software packages for planning.

  • Resource analysis, time limited and resource limited.

The effects of resources such as material, labour on activities, and the limitations that this causes on projects by time or level of resource.

  • Risk and uncertainty.

Definitions of risk and uncertainty and an appreciation of the risk/uncertainty continuum.

  • Risk analysis and management. Risk registers.

The recognition of a structured process which allows the overall project risk to be understood and contractually managed in order to minimise threats and to maximise opportunities.

  • Controlling costs during construction.

The knowledge and understanding of the management of the costs so that a value for money project is achieved within the client’s cost limit and/or agreed budget.

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 a working knowledge of planning techniques and methods as well as an understanding of the management of risk and other project variables.

Thus the summative assessment of this module consists of:

·         Examination. (Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed: (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,b,c,e, and h) (2 hours) (60%)

·         Coursework 1 – Construction Planning Case Study assignment (Learning outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, b, c, d, e, f, g and h) (10 hours) (20%)

·         Coursework 2 – Risk Management essay assignment:(Learning outcomes and transferable skills assessed: (7,d,e,f,g,h) (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 the tools of project management
  • An explanation of the control of time, cost and quality (performance) on construction and civil engineering projects
  • An appraisal of resource and value analysis techniques applied to projects
  • A broader view of the application and use of project management software
  • A knowledge of the application of the contractual requirement to manage and cost risk of construction and civil engineering project
  • A recognition of the requirements in controlling and managing costs during the construction of a project

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply project planning techniques to a construction project including critical path and resource analysis KCPT
002 Apply work breakdown structures as a prelude to construction planning KCPT
003 Have the ability to produce method statements, both analytical and descriptive as a basis for solving planning problems KCPT
004 Apply resource analysis techniques to assist in the control of a project. KCPT
005 Use value resource techniques to apply budget costs to a project KCT
006 Appreciate the use of project management software in order to set up and manage a project programme including monitoring time and cost KCPT
007 Recognise the risks and uncertainties in projects and the methods for analysis, including the use of risk registers and the Project Manager's NEC3 contractual responsibilities relative to the management of risk KCPT
008 Apply knowledge and understanding of project management techniques and  tools KCPT
009 Appreciate the importance of the management, control and reporting of costs during construction KPT
010 Listening T
011 Synthesis of data T
012 Graphical presentation of data T
013 Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawings/presentation T
014 Technical report writing T
015 Information retrieval skills T
016 Independent learning skills T
017 Reviewing, assessing and 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 give construction project managers a working knowledge of modern project management and risk management techniques.

The learning and teaching methods include;

  • Introduction to project planning & control including benefits of planning lecture (3 hours)

  • Project planning requirements lecture (3 hours)

  • Project planning methods lectures (9 hours)

  • Resource analysis & work breakdown structures lecture (3 hours)

  • Risk & uncertainty, Risk Analysis & Management, Risk Registers lecture (3 hours)

  • Controlling costs during construction lecture (3 hours)

  • Method statements, outputs & planning sequences lecture (3 hours)

  • Computer planning lectures (6 hours)

  • Module Revision for Examination and preparation for end of module exam. (3 hours)

  • Preparation and writing of case study and 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 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 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.