QUSU08011 2013 Construction Planning and Programming

General Details

Full Title
Construction Planning and Programming
Transcript Title
Constr Planning and Programming
N/A %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Gary McGinty

This course introduces the learner to the various forms and stages of construction planning. The most common forms of programming techniques are introduced and considered. Issues relating to resources, budgets and cash flows are discussed and critically analysed. The module will use a mix of theory and case studies to illustrate the application of key principles.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an understanding of the project team required by both the client and contractor for  different  construction project types.


Critically analyse the importance of construction planning and demonstrate knowledge of the planning processes involved in construction and the typical programmes used.


Demonstate an applied understanding and knowledge of construction scheduling techniques (Gant Charts, Network Diagrams, Precedence Diagrams, Line of balance, etc) . Criticially assess the merits of each of the different methods of construction scheduling.


Apply resource scheduling and allocation techniques to facilitate effective project control


Formulate and justify appropriate strategies for the effective financial control of projects and budgets from instigation to delivery

Module Assessment Strategies


Indicative Syllabus

Project Team Framework

The Planning Process In Construction (Pre-tender, Pre-contract, Contract)

Construction Programmes

Construction Method Statements

Planning Techniques (Bar Charts, Linked Bar Charts, Network Analysis, CPM, Precedence Diagrams, Line of Balance, Time Chainage Diagrams, PERT)

Assessing Resources

Project Acceleration

Budgets and Costing

Estimates & Forecasting

Working Capital and Cash Flow

Interim Valuations

Project Control Measures

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Problems, Case Study, Quiz, Presentation, CA Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 3x1 hour 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Offsite Lecture 1x2 hour 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

1. Harris, F & McCaffer, R., Modern Construction Management, 6th Edition, Blackwell Science, 2006.

2. Cooke,B & Williams, P., Construction Planning, Programming & Control, 3rd Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2009.

3. CIOB., Code of Practise for Project Management for Construction and Development., 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell., 2010

4. Lock, D., Project Management In Construction, Gower Publishing, 2004

5. Levy, S., Project Management In Construction, McGraw-Hill, 2006

Other Resources

Articles and Case Studies included on Subject Moodle Page


Additional Information