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  1. 1. LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AND BUILDING ENGINEERING Programme Specification MSc Construction Project Management (CVPT30/29) Full - and Part-time Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module can be found in Module Specifications and other programme documentation and online at The accuracy of the information in this document is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Awarding body/institution; Loughborough University Teaching institution (if different); Details of accreditation by a None professional/statutory body; Name of the final award; MSc. Programme title; Construction Project Management UCAS code; Date at which the programme Revised 22.4.09 specification was written or revised. 1. Aims of the programme This programme aims to: • Provide a high quality educational experience that develops and sustains students' knowledge skills and aspirations in the further advancement of their career with the construction industry; • Provide are range of elective modules that students can select to suit their individual needs; • Produce construction project managers who are able to provide a more holistic perspective to construction and processes becoming more integrated throughout the supply chain; • Provide postgraduates with an innovative and forward-looking view of construction project management; • Provide students with an appreciation and understanding of each aspect of managing the whole life cycle of a project from inception to completion and the successful realisation of project objectives; • Provide an excellent combination of technical and managerial subjects; and • Provide students with an opportunity to develop their key transferable skills, business management skills and project management skills. 1
  2. 2. 2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes: External References • The programme outcomes have been formulated with reference to the QAA benchmark statements in Construction, Property and Surveying (2008) as well as General Business and Management (2007); • The programme is accredited by the RICS/University Partnership Scheme for which it must meet quality thresholds relating to TQA, RAE and employment; and • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Internal References • University Learning and Teaching Strategy; and • Departmental matrix of criteria for postgraduate management programmes developed from the external reference points listed above. 3. Intended Learning Outcomes Knowledge and Understanding On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 1. Research methodology and the reporting of results; 2. Principles of bidding in construction; 3. Role of construction market factors; 4. Fundamentals of construction business decisions; 5. Scope of business planning; 6. Project management techniques; 7. The various forms of procurement available; 8. Sustainability with regard to the construction sector; 9. Management and communication of sustainability issues; 10. Teamwork and leadership skills and styles; 11. Controlling design costs; 12. Value Management tools and techniques; 13. Development of business strategy; and 14. A range of other technical and managerial skills dependent on the option modules selected Learning, teaching and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated The programme has been designed around a range of carefully selected learning and teaching strategies. These have been selected to ensure that students are encouraged to question current practice, be innovative and achieve deeper learning and reflective thinking. The teaching strategies include lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and flexible learning. All the students on the programme have considerable industrial experience and group work is used to encourage students to learn from their different experience and backgrounds. Coursework is used as formative assessments. Feedback is provided to students on all of the coursework produced. End of semester examinations are used as summative assessment. Students will learn, through formal lectures, about the theory and practical aspects behind the various topics. Students are expected and encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate on what is being taught and to broaden their individual 2
  3. 3. and collective knowledge and understanding of the subject. They are expected to apply this knowledge and understanding in a creative and innovative way. Coursework assessments have been developed to encourage students to take a logical and structured approach to the applications of this knowledge and understanding. Skills and other attributes a. Subject-specific cognitive skills On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 1. Use the library and internet resources to carry out thorough literature reviews; 2. Distinguish between different data collection and analytical techniques; 3. Prepare and present concise summaries of research investigations; 4. Interpret company performance and relevant market information; 5. Identify issues involved in managing construction organisations; 6. Assess the financial viability of project investments; 7. Identify appropriate project management techniques; 8. Make informed investment decisions; 9. Select and develop appropriate procurement strategies; 10. Analyse sustainability information from a range of sources; 11. Evaluate and reflect upon individual and team performance; 12. Manage, organise and lead fellow construction team members; 13. Identify where value is added; 14. Formulate innovative and creative design and management options; 15. Develop cost plans; 16. Develop appropriate business strategies within a construction context by taking into account organisational and individual behaviour; and 17. Demonstrate a range of other cognitive skills dependent on the option modules selected. Learning and Teaching, and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated Cognitive skills are developed through the learning and teaching programme outlined above and the selection of programme structure. The programme comprises elective modules which students select according to their individual desired learning outcomes. Research skills are developed through coursework activities and individual research project work. b. Subject-specific practical skills On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 1. Conduct a literature search and present its findings concisely; 2. Use data to support management decision making; 3. Apply leadership and teamwork principles to cross-functional organisations; 4. Analyse the performance of construction organisations; 5. Analyse investment decisions using appropriate techniques; 6. Collect relevant sources of information for analysis and appraisal; 7. Optimise team performance; 8. Adopt a flexible approach to teamwork and negotiation; 9. Select and evaluate decision support tools and techniques; 10. Devise cost plans; 11. Apply strategic management tool to develop change strategies; and 12. Develop a range of other practical skills dependent on the option modules selected. Learning and Teaching, and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated Through formal lectures students will learn about the theory and practical aspects behind the subject-specific practical skills. Tutorials and practical sessions are used to develop these 3
  4. 4. skills. A combination of group and individual coursework is set to further develop these skills. The key specific practical skills are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examination. All of the specific practical skills rely on the application of the key transferable skills, resulting in the further development of the key transferable skills. 4
  5. 5. c. Key/Transferable skills On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 1. Present data in a concise written report; 2. Prepare summaries of research project; 3. Define, and work to, both individual and team research goals/targets; 4. Participate in interactive workshops; 5. Interact and liaise effectively with supervisors, technical staff and industrial contacts; 6. Communicate effectively using a variety of media; 7. Work effectively as a team member; 8. Effectively manage own time within a team environment; 9. Work with limited and/or contradictory information. Learning and Teaching, and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated The development of key transferable skills is seen as critical to successful student learning on the programme. These key transferable skills will provide students adaptability in their future career but are an important foundation off which further learning is founded upon. Through formal lectures students will learn about the theory and practical aspects of teamwork, leadership, effective time management, structured problem solving, working with limited/ contradictory information and IT applications. The aims of modules such as: Research, Innovation and Communications, which are programmed into the first semester, are to improve students' key transferable skills. In addition: • Group coursework is used throughout the programme to improve and assess key transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership and group facilitation; • Individual coursework, especially the individual research project, is used to improve and assess key transferable skills such working independently and communication; • Coursework is also set to develop and assess students' ability to work with limited and/or contradictory information and solve problems in a logical and systematic manner; • Oral presentation skills are developed and assessed through both group and individual presentation for which the students are expected to reflect upon their own practice sessions; • Students are provided with a coursework schedule at the start of each semester and are expected to plan and control their workloads accordingly; • Experiential learning is achieved through coursework designed to specifically assess students' achievement with respect to all of the stated key transferable skills; • Students experiencing communication difficulties may be referred to the International Student Centre for additional help; • Life-long learning skills are developed throughout the programme and through such techniques as peer assessment students are encourage to develop a reflective approach to their learning; and • Some of the key transferable skills are assessed through end of semester examination. 4. Programme structure and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards The programme can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. The Programme is the responsibility of the Department of Civil and Building Engineering and leads to the award of: • MSc -180 credits; • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - 120 credits; or • a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) - 60 credits. Full details of the programme regulations can be found at %20Management%20(FT)%20MSc.doc and %20Management%20(PT)%20MSc.doc 5
  6. 6. 5. Criteria for admission to the programme The minimum entry requirement for an MSc is either: • a first degree in a construction-related subject; • a first degree and three years of post-graduate construction related experience; or • a chartered professional qualification. 6. Information about assessment Students are assessed on each module using a combination of coursework and examination. Both individual and group work is used as part of the assessment. Assessment normally takes place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught. An individual research project is assessed at the end of the programme. Reassessment takes place during the University's Special Assessment Period. Full details can be found in the Programme Regulations at: 7. What makes the programme distinctive The programme is delivered in two different formats suitable to both full-time and part-time students. Semester 1 is delivered using semester-long modules whereas Semester 2 is delivered using one-week blocks, ideal for part-time students working in industry. The programme offers a group of compulsory management-oriented modules complemented with a wide variety of option modules to choose from. Students attend a compulsory off-campus ‘Teamwork and Leadership’ module held in the Lake District. The programme is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for ‘Further Learning.’ 8. Particular support for learning Please refer to 9. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of learning: The University’s formal quality management and reporting procedures are laid out in its Academic Quality Procedures Handbook, available online at: These are under the overall direction of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching). 6