CONS07057 2019 Construction Planning and Management

General Details

Full Title
Construction Planning and Management
Transcript Title
Construction Planning and Mana
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paul Donlon
Programme Membership
SG_TADWO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Adv Wood Sust Building Tech SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

This module aimed at developing the students capabilities involving the planning and programming of construction work. This will include Site Planning and Management, Production Planning and Control. The student will develop the knowledge and skills required to plan and control construction work activities and develop an understanding of the management responsibilities involved. Time,Cost, Quality Health and Safety and Environmental considerations will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Illustrate an understanding of Construction Planning and Organisation


Assess the methods used for Site Planning and Management


Examine the factors that affect Production Planing and Control of Construction Projects


Compare the affects relating to the different production parameters


Evaluate the principles of controlling and reporting on costs of a construction project

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include lectures and workshops site visits were appropriate and augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (presentations plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. uploading of assignments) This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings students together to facilitate group learning

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% Continuous assessment and 60% final exam.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Organisation and Planning

The planning process

Planning stages

  • Pre tender planning
  • Pre Contract planning
  • Contract planning

Site Planning and Management

Site Organisation – Layout and Welfare to include a site visit

  • Construction Logistic Planning
  • Legislative requirements
  • Site Management Control
  • Prepare a site plan and CLP

Production Planning and Control

  • Production Parameters- Cost, Time, Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety
  • Effective Production Planning
  • Communicating the plan
  • Production Control
  • Programming – techniques and production of programmes

Introduction to the planning and programming of construction work

  • Calculation of work activity durations
  • Produce a programme for a construction project
  • Introduction to Asta Power project  programming software

Time Management

  • Producing a Construction Programme
  • Establish key dates and milestones
  • Establish key activities
  • Establishing Durations
  • Allocating Resources
  • Establishing the sequence

Quality Management

  • Defining quality management
  • Managing quality on site

Cost Management

  • Client/contractor cost control
  • Cash flow


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Computer Laboratory Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017-10-24 Construction Management Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 1975934342 ISBN-13 9781975934347

Essential reading for project owners and project managers. The author of several well regarded construction management books once again shares useful practical construction management information. Filled with invaluable tips, insights, examples and advice, this easy to read book takes you from project inception, where the project scope, size and location are decided. To planning, budgeting, appointing the project team, investigations, the design process, selecting the right contractor, dealing with project risks, preliminary work, dealing with project stakeholders, managing the construction process, and finally, commissioning and project completion. Chapters also cover project scheduling, financial aspects and contractual arrangements. You will be equipped with a comprehensive checklist to monitor each phase of your project. Whether you are seasoned project manager, maybe just starting in the construction management professions, perhaps launching a new project as a veteran property developer, or an owner contemplating a new project, or simply planning to build a new home, or preparing to renovate and extend your house, you will find this book filled with valuable information to help you plan, monitor and manage each project phase to ensure your project is a success. Get your copy of this indispensable guide; Construction Management: From Project Concept to Completion. Ensure the success of your next project. The author's previous books have been favourably received by those new to the construction industry as well as seasoned professionals. Reviews include: "this is the best book on project management I have read" and "this book is fun to read and full of examples of what to be aware of with project management."

Recommended Reading
2013-05-06 Modern Construction Management Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 047067217X ISBN-13 9780470672174

This new edition of a core undergraduate textbook for construction managers reflects current best practice, topical industry preoccupations and latest developments in courses and fundamental subjects for students. While the construction process still requires traditional skills, changes over recent decades today demand improved understanding of modern business, production and contractual practices. The authors have responded accordingly and the book has undergone a thorough re-write, eliminating some of the older material and adding new processes now considered essential to achieving lean construction. Particular emphasis is given, for example, to supply chains and networks, value and risk management, BIM, ICT, project arrangements, corporate social responsibility, training, health and welfare and environmental sustainability. Modern Construction Management presents construction as a socially responsible, innovative, carbon-reducing, manager-involved, people-orientated, crisis-free industry that is efficient and cost effective. The overall themes for the Seventh Edition are: Drivers for efficiency: lean construction underpinning production management and off-site production methods. Sustainability: reflecting the transition to a low carbon economy. Corporate Social Responsibility: embracing health & safety, modernistic contracts, effective procurement, and employment issues. Building Information Management: directed towards the improvement of construction management systems. The comprehensive selection of worked examples, based on real and practical situations in construction management and methods will help to consolidate learning. A companion website at offers invaluable support material for both tutors and students: Solutions to the self-learning exercises PowerPoint slides with discussion topics Journal and web references Structured to reflect site, business and corporate responsibilities of managers in construction, the book continues to provide strong coverage of the salient elements required for developing and equipping the modern construction manager with the competencies and skills for both technical and business related areas.

Recommended Reading
2010-01-19 Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781405194204 ISBN-13 1405194200

In 1991 the Chartered Institute of Building initiated a multi-institute task force and a Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development was published in 1992, with second and third editions in 1996 and 2002. Like previous editions, this fourth edition has been extensively updated. The fourth edition includes a range of new illustrations and high profile examples, and features new guidance on: CDM regulations Project planning Change management Project management software Mobile technology The range of procurement options The European perspective Contracts Effective project management involves the assessment and management of risk, and this is a strong theme throughout the Code. The Code of Practice provides an authoritative guide to the principles and practice of construction project management. It will be a key reference source for clients, contractors and professionals, irrespective of the size and nature of the project.

Recommended Reading
2002-01-21 Construction Management in Practice Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 0632064021 ISBN-13 9780632064021

While most construction management books are project based, this book looks at management principles and techniques applied to the day-to-day problems facing a business in the construction industry. It covers: Business strategy Industrial relations Health and safety Managing people Financial management Quantitative methods The text includes end of chapter review questions and a range of illustrative examples. Since the book was first written in 1982 much has changed. The Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and takes account of the increased globalisation of construction, the move from public to private sector work, the drive for productivity, changing procurement methods, new emphasis on life cycle costing and much more. It will provide a valuable text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in construction management, surveying and civil engineering as well as offering useful insights for practitioners undertaking CPD activities.

Recommended Reading
2006-08-31 Project Management in Construction McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN 9780071781961 ISBN-13 007178196X

New to this edition: New chapters on Quality Control and Quality Assurance and Successful Commencement; new material on Ethics, Estimating a Project During Design, and Design Build Market: general contracting companies; specialty subcontractors SI units are included for international usage

Module Resources

Journal Resources

2006 Code of Practice for Tendering and Contractual Matters 2006 Liaison Committee

SCSI and CIF, (2009), Agreed Rules of Measurement, 4th Edition, Published by SCSI and CIF ‘ARM Joint Committee’, Ireland

Other Resources