QUSU06035 2019 QS Organisation and Management

General Details

Full Title
QS Organisation and Management
Transcript Title
QS Organisation and Management
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Colin Birney
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This module introduces various thoughts and practices related to construction management, motivation, communication and team work for Professional Quantity Surveyors who work on behalf of the Client and Project Quantity Surveyors who work directly for contractors.

Learning Outcomes

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


Interpret the management of an organisation within the construction industry


Compare the various methods of communication within the construction industry


Discuss the methods of document management and data management systems


Explain the principles of working in teams and motivation of persons


Discuss in detail the design team personnel, list the main contract documents and elaborate on the construction process

Teaching and Learning Strategies

In class lectures and practical exercises, with independent learning. This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques using Moodle, whereby educational material and relevant background information will be uploaded to Moodle. Continuous assessment assignments, student submission of assignments and student feedback will all utilise online learning using Moodle.

Module Assessment Strategies

40% ongoing continuous assessment and 60% final exam at the end of the semester

Repeat Assessments

As per the current Mark and Standards procedure

Indicative Syllabus

Management of people and resources in the construction industry

The principles of motivation and define de-motivators

Different types and the importance of communication within the construction industry at all levels and barriers to communication

Team working exercises and practical examples

Planning and decision making

Overview of all members of the construction design team, pre-contract and post contract

Overview of documents used in the construction industry

The construction process from inception to final account

Various management styles

How data is managed 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Coursework and 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 End of semester formal 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 Flat Classroom QS Organisation and management 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independant Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1997-01 Quantity Surveying Practice
ISBN 0333689070 ISBN-13 9780333689073

This book covers the whole range of skills and knowledge that modern quantity surveyors require to perform their work efficiently and effectively. The text has been thoroughly revised and extended to enhance its value to the reader.

Recommended Reading
2010-08-27 Management in the Built Environment in Ireland Gill & MacMillan
ISBN 0717148017 ISBN-13 9780717148011

A comprehensive introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of Management as applied to the Built Environment in Ireland.

Recommended Reading
2008 Communication for Business Gill & MacMillan
ISBN 0717144550 ISBN-13 9780717144556

New updated edition of this leading textbook on Communication for Business

Recommended Reading
2016-06-15 Motivation 101 Springer Publishing Company
ISBN 082619902X ISBN-13 9780826199027

What drives people toward their goals? Does motivation come from outside the individual or from within? This is a concise, engaging overview of leading theories and the wide body of research about this core concept in psychology. It draws from a broad spectrum of psychological models and disciplines, and focuses on how various theories of motivation define and examine different motivational attributes, such as rewards and goals. An abundance of real life case examples from the author's research and life experiences vividly illuminate how various models explain behavior and connect the study of motivation to our daily lives. An entertaining alternative to lengthy and expensive texts on the subject, Motivation 101 is unique in helping readers understand how each theory of motivationbehavioral, neurobiological, attribution, and other models --views and defines a particular concept within each theory. For example, each modality views the concept of "reward" from a different perspective. The book is also distinguished by its multidisciplinary focus, whereby research is drawn not only from different domains of psychology but also from such disciplines as education and business. Additionally, the text considers cultural differences in the study of motivation and collaborative environments, and addresses changing research methodologies. It will be an engaging introduction to the study of motivation for undergraduate courses in psychology and education. Key Features: Provides a concise, engaging overview of motivation that encompasses leading theories and a broad body of research Compares and contrasts different motivation theories including needs-based and cognitive models Draws from research across a wide range of domains within psychology, education, and business Connects the study of motivation to our daily lives through illustrative vignettes and metaphors

Recommended Reading
2000-12-15 The Building Professional's Guide to Contracting Documents RSMeans
ISBN 0876295774 ISBN-13 9780876295779

Comprehensive guidelines on preparing and using construction contract documents and effectively communicating construction requirements. This comprehensive third edition covers the most widely used contract documents and how to structure them for maximum efficiency. An important reference for owners, design professionals, contractors, and students. This valuable resource provides the latest information on: How to structure your documents for maximum efficiency The roles and responsibilities of the owner and the construction professional Legal concerns and insurance Improved methods of project delivery Reviewing documents to ensure consistency and avoid conflicts.

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