QUSU07034 2019 Programming & Planning Theory

General Details

Full Title
Programming & Planning Theory
Transcript Title
Programming & Planning Theory
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
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
Barrie Cox
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

The aim of this module is to provide learners with an awareness of the various principles, techniques and issues that relate to the programming and planning of construction projects.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain the need for pre and post contract planning and programming techniques.


Identify, analyse and compare different planning techniques.


Outline the principles of how a programme is affected by change.


Demonstrate the need for good programming when forecasting accurately materials, man-power, machinery and money.


Value the use of planning and programming when forecasting expenditure.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars and continuous assessment

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment (40%)  and final examination (60%)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Why Plan

  • Planning and certainty
  • Programme and the contract

Planning for the Project

  • Pre-commencement period
  • Main Contractor's tender programme
  • Sub Contractors' tender programme
  • Planned programme - preparation, problems and solutions; revised programmes
  • Gantt charts vs network diagrams - advantages and disadvantages of each

Monitoring Progress

  • Record keeping; as-built programme
  • Planned progress monitoring 
  • Cash flow analysis - alignment of cash flow forecast with project programme 
  • Milestones
  • Updating the programme

Critical Path Analysis

  • Relationships between the project activities
  • Leads and lags
  • Calculation of times
  • Scheduling - earliest times; constraints and milestones; latest times
  • Float and the critical path
  • Application of the critical path analysis - identifying the critical path; construction project logic


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 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 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 Flat Classroom 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

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-02-09 Construction Planning, Programming and Control Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405183802 ISBN-13 9781405183802
Recommended Reading
2013-05-06 Modern Construction Management Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 047067217X ISBN-13 9780470672174
Recommended Reading
2013-11-25 Project Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118561252 ISBN-13 9781118561256
Recommended Reading
2011-01-04 Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 144433493X ISBN-13 9781444334937

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