QUSU06036 2019 Professional Practice within the Built Environment

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice within the Built Environment
Transcript Title
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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_CCEOL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Construction Economics (Add-On) SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

The aim of this module is to develop the students knowledge of management theory and the skills required to carry out the core management functions within the built environment, including leadership, communication, conflict avoidance and dispute resolution, negotiation skills and strategic management.

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply the different types of leadership and leadership styles


Define the various types of effective communication that exist in the construction industry


Explain what is conflict, how it can be avoided and how it can be resolved through negotiation 


Determine the steps in a strategic management process and identify various levels of human resource strategy 


Interpret the relevant elements of the Capital Works Management Framework and develop negotiation and dispute resolution skills

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

Leadership styles in the construction industry

Various types of communication in construction

Conflict avoidance

Dispute resolution

Negotiation skills

Human resource management

Strategic management


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 Professional Practice within the Built Environment 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Professional Practice within the Built Environment 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

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
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
2014-09 Negotiation Excellence World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN 9814556947 ISBN-13 9789814556941

Introduction: Adding Value through Negotiation (Michael Benoliel); Planning and Preparing for Effective Negotiation (Meina Liu & Sabine Chai); Setting (and Choosing) the Table: The Influence of the Physical Environment in Negotiation (Graham Brown); Negotiation Approaches: Claiming and Creating Value (Jill M Purdy); Creativity in Negotiations (Joachim Hffmeier & Guido Hertel); Social Capital in Negotiation: Leveraging the Power of Relational Wealth (Ariel C Avgar & Eun Kyung Lee); Trust Building, Diagnosis, and Repair in the Context of Negotiation (Donald L Ferrin, Dejun Tony Kong & Kurt T Dirks); Power and Influence in Negotiations (Min Li & Julie Sadler); Power and Influence in Sales Negotiation (Ababacar Mbengue, Jol Sohier & Patrice Cottet); Negotiation Strategy (Brosh M Teucher); Personality and Negotiation (Alice F Stuhlmacher & Christopher K Adair); Judgment Bias and Decision Making in Negotiation (William P Bottom, Dejun Tony Kong & Alexandra A Mislin); The Role of Gender in Negotiation (E Layne Paddock & Laura J Kray); Mindfully Managing Emotions and Resolving Paradoxes in the Context of Negotiations (Shirli Kopelman, Ram Mahalingam & Ilan Gewurz); Physiology in Negotiations (Smrithi Prasad & Jayanth Narayanan); Understanding Negotiation Ethics (Kelvin Pang & Cynthia S Wang); Navigating International Negotiations: A Communications and Social Interaction Style (CSIS) Framework (Nancy R Buchan, Wendi L Adair & Xiao-Ping Chen); Building Intercultural Trust at the Negotiating Table (Sujin Jang & Roy Chua); Indian Negotiation Style: A Cultural Perspective (Michael Benoliel & Amrit Kaur); Negotiating the RenaultNissan Alliance: Insights from Renault's Experience (Stephen E Weiss); The Arcelor and Mittal Steel Merger Negotiations (Gregor Halff); The Emotional Underbelly of Collaboration: When Politics Collide with Need (Daniel L Sha

Recommended Reading
2015-09-28 Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advantages McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 1259303500 ISBN-13 9781259303500

Module Resources

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