Full time and Part time
Full-time: one year; Part-time: Up to three years
The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment
No Partner College
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The course comprises a total of nine modules, with modules arranged into the following three awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Construction Project Management; Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management and MSc in Construction Project Management.
The Postgraduate Certificate, comprising three modules - Risk & Value Management, Project Planning, Control & Analysis and Project Team & Leadership Development. These provide a common skills set for all candidates.
The Postgraduate Diploma, comprising six modules, presents a move to towards more specialist knowledge by completion of two modules in Strategic Project Management and Advanced Construction Technology. These modules feature a study of the technical tools and solutions for achieving project success, including studies of typical projects and consideration of current issues relating to the practice and process of construction. A final module necessary is Health & Safety Management.
A triple dissertation module completes the full nine module MSc. It is the final phase of study and promotes philosophical approaches to research and investigation. You can select your own research focus for the dissertation and this commonly relates to topic areas that are both of personal interest and helpful for career development.
Project Planning, Control and Analysis
This module is concerned with developing the planning, control and analysis skills of the student in the context of scheduling resources in complex projects. It presents a holistic view of planning complex projects, and focuses on the selection and application of internationally accepted tools, technologies, and techniques requisite for sustainable planning. This module includes computerised planning utilising industry standard applications such as Microsoft Project/Primavera P6, and includes advanced simulation and planning methodologies. The skills developed within this module are directly transferable in to the international workplace.
Risk and Value Management
This module is intended to build upon, and add to, your knowledge gained in the study of other units in order to develop a co-ordinated professional approach to the assessment and management of risk and value in relation to engineering and management processes, security and insurance.
Health and Safety Management
This module will consider the requirements and applications of health, welfare and safety legislation relevant to the construction, engineering and associated industries. The module will seek to analyse and appraise the development of systems and cultures in the management and control of safety and health with particular emphasis upon human factors and continuous improvement processes.
Advanced Construction Technology
This module considers the development of construction techniques and processes with regard to the production of buildings subject to contemporary industry and project environments. It will seek to extend knowledge of sustainable practices with regard to the use of materials, advanced technologies and the assembly of components. It will seek to develop the study and analysis of the production process and debate how the use of technology can reduce failures and defects, increase efficiency and ensure zero carbon construction.
Project Team and Leadership Development
This module will provide the opportunity to evaluate the role of the Project Manager regarding human aspects of project management, including team skills and leadership. The module incorporates reflective learning for personal, educational and career development where you are supported in developing your understanding of the contribution that reflective review and action planning may make to your learning and personal development, with emphasis placed upon transferability into the workplace.
Strategic Project Management
This module aims to develop generic and specific advanced project management skills covering both the production and business management remits. It provides a basis for critical thinking and analysis, cognisant of the three core drivers of: sustainable development, internationalisation, enterprise and employability. In this respect, a series of project-driven simulated exercises are used to critique extant production and project management theories and concepts in order to not only procure strategic and financial awareness, but also holistically evaluate outcomes against conventional thinking.
The aims of the module are to develop research skills. You will be required to carry out an in-depth study, on an individual basis, which includes theoretical, experimental or investigative analysis or a combination of these. Part of this study requires the preparation of a research proposal that sets out the aim and objectives, and formulates a research problem or hypothesis related to the programme’s subject specialism. The work should: be based on proven research/investigative techniques; make an original contribution to knowledge; and demonstrate advanced scholarship of the research discipline.
Subject specific skills are developed through opportunities to practise such activities in an appropriate learning context (e.g. seminars, tutorials and workshops). Web-based materials and practical manuals are used where appropriate to support structured learning. Other skills are developed through naturally arising opportunities in the curriculum.
Knowledge and understanding is assessed through written assignments, the research dissertation and oral presentations. The assessments are all designed for you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and meet the various module learning outcomes. Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development. Feedback is provided on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement and providing periodic evaluations of progress.
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Part-Time - £525 per module (PG Cert - 3 modules, PG Dip - 6 modules, MSc - 9 modules).
Both full-time and part-time routes have a mandatory additional £1,000 cost towards a week-long residential, which covers a module compulsory to the course.
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