QUSU08011 2019 Construction Planning and Programming

General Details

Full Title
Construction Planning and Programming
Transcript Title
Construction Planning and Prog
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Construction Project Management SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

This course introduces the learner to the processes and steps  involved on the planning and programming of construction projects.. The most common forms of programming/scheduling  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,  worked examples and case studies to illustrate the application of the key principles.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an understanding of the importance  of  planning and estimating to 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


Apply and prepare budgetary and cash flow projections for the effective financial control of projects.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

 This will include full tme/online lectures (via adobe connect or similar) and work based learning where relevant along with guest lectures and augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

 This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

 Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material and additional resources).

 Moodle will also be further used as a means of assessment, utilising online quizzes, for the uploading of assignments and reports.

 This multi‑faceted, blended approach of; lectures, workshops and online resources fosters collaborative student learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (70%), continuous assessment and course work (30%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus


The Planning Process In Construction

Construction Programmes

Site Layout Planning


Construction Method Statements

Estimation of time and cost

Planning/scheduling  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

Working Capital and Cash Flow

Interim Valuations

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
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online online lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-05-06 Modern Construction Management Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 047067217X ISBN-13 9780470672174

This new edition of a core undergraduate textbook for construction managers reflects current best practice, topical industry preoccupations and latest developments in courses and fundamental subjects for students. While the construction process still requires traditional skills, changes over recent decades today demand improved understanding of modern business, production and contractual practices. The authors have responded accordingly and the book has undergone a thorough re-write, eliminating some of the older material and adding new processes now considered essential to achieving lean construction. Particular emphasis is given, for example, to supply chains and networks, value and risk management, BIM, ICT, project arrangements, corporate social responsibility, training, health and welfare and environmental sustainability. Modern Construction Management presents construction as a socially responsible, innovative, carbon-reducing, manager-involved, people-orientated, crisis-free industry that is efficient and cost effective. The overall themes for the Seventh Edition are: Drivers for efficiency: lean construction underpinning production management and off-site production methods. Sustainability: reflecting the transition to a low carbon economy. Corporate Social Responsibility: embracing health & safety, modernistic contracts, effective procurement, and employment issues. Building Information Management: directed towards the improvement of construction management systems. The comprehensive selection of worked examples, based on real and practical situations in construction management and methods will help to consolidate learning. A companion website at www.wiley.com/go/MCM7 offers invaluable support material for both tutors and students: Solutions to the self-learning exercises PowerPoint slides with discussion topics Journal and web references Structured to reflect site, business and corporate responsibilities of managers in construction, the book continues to provide strong coverage of the salient elements required for developing and equipping the modern construction manager with the competencies and skills for both technical and business related areas.

Required Reading
2015-10-06 Construction Planning ICE Publishing
ISBN 0727760572 ISBN-13 9780727760579

Construction Planning, 2nd edition is the new edition of the original and highly successful book by Richard H. Neale and David E. Neale, published in 1994.

Recommended Reading
2011 Planning Major Projects Inst of Civil Engineers Pub
ISBN 0727741101 ISBN-13 9780727741103

This book provides practicing planners with insight, understanding and guidance to enable them to add value in planning major projects, such as metros, for the benefit of their organisation, clients and society.

Required Reading
2009-02-09 Construction Planning, Programming and Control Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405183802 ISBN-13 9781405183802

This book offers a clear explanation of the principles and practice of construction planning, programming and control during the preparation and construction stages of a project. The book is written in the context of current procurement and contractual arrangements and JCT2005, NEC3 and ICE7 contracts are covered. The statutory framework within which construction projects must be managed is explained and the topic of construction hazard and risk is covered in detail. A variety of programming techniques are explained and the development of safe construction sequences and methods is particularly emphasised. The control of time, money and resources are considered in a risk management context and a complete chapter is devoted to cash flow. The third edition has been extensively updated and extended to include new materials on: * Hazard identification * Risk assessment * Health and safety management * CDM 2007 * Construction sequences and method statements * Delay analysis * Waste management and Site Waste Management Plans The final three chapters are devoted to individual case studies which have been selected to illustrate the practical application of the principles explained in the book and to provide examples of current procedures adopted by major contractors. The content is designed to provide a clear and comprehensive text for undergraduates on construction management, surveying and civil engineering degree courses.

Required Reading
2014-06-23 Handbook for Construction Planning and Scheduling John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0470670320 ISBN-13 9780470670323

"A Handbook for Construction Planning & Scheduling presents the key issues of planning and programming in scheduling in a clear, concise and practical way"--

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See Booklist

Journal Resources

International Journal of Project Management

URL Resources


Other Resources

Articles and Case Studies included on Subject Moodle Page


Additional Information