QUSU08014 2019 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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty, Paul Tansey
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

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 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 and an international project might faces in an international environment.


Assess various international construction markets and associated risks


Evaluate appropriate entry modes and make recommendations


Assess the competitive environment of global construction organisations, with particular emphasis on lessons learnt from projects


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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant and guest lectures 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 as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings students together to facilitate group learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 30% Continuous Assessment and 70% Final exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam. 

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

- International Construction Markets

- International Construction Stakeholders

- Socio, Economic and Political Environment Considerations

- The Physical Environment & Logistics

- Foreign Entry Modes

- International Mergers, Acquistions and Joint Ventures

- International Project Failures: Lessons Learnt

- 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. Ochieng, E, Price, A, & Moore, D. (2013) Management of Global Construction Projects, Palgrave MacMillan.
  2. Tijhuis, W & Fellows, R. (2011) Culture in International Construction, Taylor & Francis Ltd, London.
  3. Howes, R. & Tah, J.H.M. (2003) Strategic Management Applied to International Construction, Thomas Telford.
  4. Mawhinney, M. (2001) International Construction, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford.
  5. Langford, D.A. & Rowland, V.R. (1995) Managing Overseas Construction Projects. Thomas Telford. 




Journal Resources

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

7. Building Research & Information

URL Resources

Engineering News Record (ENR) - https://www.enr.com


Other Resources


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