QUSU07035 2019 Construction Programme Software

General Details

Full Title
Construction Programme Software
Transcript Title
Construction Programme Softwar
N/A %
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 the skills necessary to prepare, assess, interpret and report on programmes for construction projects using standard industry software.

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop a construction programme using standard industry software.


Formulate and report on a construction project programme using planning techniques.


Prepare financial forecast expenditure reports using planning techniques.


Calculate a critical path network analysis to determine the longest path.


Identify the impact of contractual provisions on the effective planning of projects.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, tutorials, seminars and continuous assessment

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment (100%)  - indicative topic: "develop a programme for a construction project under the Public Works contract". 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment 

Indicative Syllabus

The following indicative syllabus will be delivered using standard industry programming software. 


  • Start project
  • Summary information
  • consolidate project files
  • Resource pool

Gantt Chart

  • Interpretation of
  • Change the timescale
  • Customise screen and chart

Network Diagram

  • Zoom to preview
  • Customise nodes
  • Display on single page for printing

Additional Views

  • Use and customise calendar
  • What are resources usage / resource graph views
  • Switch between views from within split view

Task Relationships

  • The primary relationship types
  • Establish links
  • How to use slack
  • Lag and lead time
  • Outline the schedule

Task Properties

  • Task duration types
  • Fixed duration scheduling and resource driven scheduling
  • Milestones
  • Assign fixed costs and time restrictions
  • Assign priorities
  • Split tasks
  • Sort tasks
  • Set time constrains and deadlines


  • Use standard
  • Create custom
  • Auto filters

Critical Path

  • Gantt Chart Wizard
  • Display with filter/group


  • Create using - resource sheet; resource assignment button; task information dialogue box
  • Assign to tasks
  • Task usage
  • Associate with calendars
  • Specify project availability
  • Create schedule of rates

Resource Overallocation

  • Identify affected tasks
  • Resource overallocation - manually and by automatic levelling
  • Levelling by task priority

Reduce Project Duration

  • Lag and lead times
  • Add resources to appropriate tasks (resource driven)


  • Base, project and resource calendar
  • Create custom calendars and assign to project and resources
  • edit existing calendar - change working times etc
  • copy between project files and to templates

Baseline Plan

  • Use of
  • Set baseline 
  • Update baseline to reflect practical changes

Track Project Progress

  • Change current date of active project
  • Enter actual data for current / completed tasks
  • Track in-progress tasks
  • Update task and project progress
  • Compare actual progress with baseline plan 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Laboratory Practical 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
Laboratory Practical Not Specified Laboratory Practical 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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