Module: Construction and Project Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    David Hardwick
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

The module provides a broad, but critical, overview of aspects of building inspection, construction, defects and technology that impact on the work of Real Estate professionals working in either/both the residential and commercial fields.  In addition to enabling students to gain a fundamental knowledge of the vocabulary/ terminology of construction types, typical building defects are related to building typologies such that students have an appropriate basis of theory to allow them to commence practice with confidence. Emphasis is placed on aspects that relate topically to value, such as energy performance and other sustainability criteria, together with the regulatory and voluntary building codes that control design and performance.

Students also study fundamental site project management issues e.g. logistics and supply chains, sustainable procurement and buildings, along with the basic principles of project planning and control as many will be engaged in the development process and work closely with design and construction team members.

The Module content relates to:

  • Building construction principles relating to domestic and commercial buildings
  • Sustainable buildings - principles of a sustainable building
  • Building services and renewable technologies
  • Building codes and certifications
  • Building Inspection and defect identification
  • Retrofitting
  • Construction contract law
  • Project management: principles and administration

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  • Articulate critical awareness of the range of factors influencing real estate (P1; P2)
  • Survey, analyse and report on sites, projects or buildings to reflect salient issues (T4)
  • Articulate sustainability issues (T5)
  • Provide sound advice which integrates multiple considerations (T8)
  • Integrate multidisciplinary considerations to make sound judgements or solve new or unfamiliar problems in diverse and evolving contexts (R3)
  • Communicate effectively (S2)


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Report (2500 words) 100%

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Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Glover, P. 2013. Building Surveys. 8th ed. Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Riley, M., Cotgrave, A. 2014. Construction Technology 2: Industrial and Commercial Building. 3rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Swallow, P., Chanter, B. 2013. Building Maintenance Management, 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Cooke, B., Williams, P. 2009. Construction Planning, Programming and Control, 3rd ed. Willey-Blackwell