QUSU08014 2013 International Construction

General Details

Full Title
International Construction
Transcript Title
International Construction
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
Paul Tansey
Programme Membership
SG_SQUAN_S08 201400 Level 8 Certificate in Quantity Surveying

The international construction market has been transformed over recent years due to major key developments. This module will provide students across all related construction disciplines knowledge on key strategic business areas associated with the broad spectrum of international construction. It will prepare students for challenges of the changing and increasingly global construction industry.

Learning Outcomes

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


Appreciate the issues that a construction organisation or an international project might faces in an international environment.


Assess the operation and practice of global construction organisations


Evaluate appropriate global strategies and make recommendations


Assess the strategic position and competitive environment of global construction organisations


Appraise the individual issues, group and organisational issues to consider when working in construction internationally or on projects with an international dimension.

Indicative Syllabus

- International construction stakeholders

- Seeking work in the international market

- Socio, economic and political environment considerations

- The physical environment

- Foreign entry choice

- National competitiveness

- Macro-global strategies

- Corporate value chain

- International mergers and joint ventures

- International risk assessment

- International organisation structures

- International human resource management

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 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 3 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final 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 Lecture Theatre theory 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 Distance Learning Suite theory 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. Howes, R. & Tah, J.H.M. Strategic Management Applied to International Construction, Thomas Telford 2003.

2. Langford, D.A. & Rowland, V.R. Managing Overseas Construction Projects. Thomas Telford 1995.

3. Mark Mawhinney (2001) International Construction, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford.

4. Tijhuis Wilco and Richard Fellows (2011) Culture in International Construction, Taylor & Francis Ltd, London.


Other Resources


Additional Information

Top 6 Construction Management Journals

1. Construction Management and Economics

2. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

3. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

4. Journal of Management in Engineering

5. Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers  - Civil Engineering

6. International Journal of Project Management