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Describe the construction industry with reference to company structures and other activities

Unit 4: Construction Practice & Management

Unit code

R/615/1390

Unit type

Core

Unit level

4

Credit value

15

Introduction

Unit 4: Construction Practice & Management

The aim of this unit is to develop and provide students with a holistic understanding of construction practice and management processes. Students will investigate and research the modern construction industry, both from the practical skills embedded within the industry through to its linkage with development on-site and the connection with construction management; including roles within the industry.

The unit compares and investigates small, medium and large construction companies within the market place and how construction processes, for development, have evolved.

Students will also explore how Health & Safety has evolved within the industry, including how the major stakeholders, from companies to site operatives, have embedded Health & Safety into their preferred areas of development and careers. In addition, students will explore Building Information Modelling and how it fits into construction processes/sequences ranging from domestic to large-scale and design and build projects.

The knowledge from this unit will provide students with an understanding of modern construction and management; the skills, management of people and projects, and how Health & Safety have changed the perception of the construction industry.

Learning Outcomes: Unit 4: Construction Practice & Management

By the end of this unit, a student will be able to:

1 Describe the construction industry with reference to company structures and other activities

2 Explain different types of construction companies in the market and their relationships within the tendering process

3 Discuss the key stages in a construction project, and how Building Information Modelling informs the different stages

4 Analyse how the construction industry has developed suitable collaboration strategies in support of greater recognition of Health & Safety

Essential Content

LO1 Describe the construction industry with reference to company structures and other activities

Understanding of the construction industry:

Historical development of the construction industry Professional and other institutes, including societies

Links between professional, technical and skills professionals Contractor and head office structure

Site structure and organisation

Types of contractual work tendered by companies.

LO2 Explain different types of construction companies in the market and their relationships within the tendering process

Company types:

Professional relationships between companies Contract tendering

Tender process.

LO3 Discuss the key stages in a construction project, and how Building Information Modelling informs the different stages

Master programmes and contract planning techniques

The role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on the construction Modern procurement methods within construction

Sustainability

LO4 Analyse how the construction industry has developed suitable collaboration strategies in support of greater recognition of Health & Safety

Key stakeholders in the construction process BIM and collaboration

Health & safety within the construction industry: Pre-construction regulations and legislation Site safety

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Unit 4: Construction Practice & Management

Pass

Merit

Distinction

LO1 Describe the construction industry with reference to company structures and other activities

 

P1 Explain how the construction industry has developed and encompassed professionalism within its structures

M1 Analyse how the construction industry has developed overall in terms of company structures, it’s employees and contracted work

D1 Critically evaluate how construction companies have developed their structure and business ethos

P2 Demonstrate the scope and linkage between all parties within a construction organisation

 

 

P3 Identify the type of contractual work tendered by contractors

 

 

LO2 Explain different types of construction companies within the market and their relationships within the tendering process

 

P4 Identify the different types of construction companies in the market

P5 Explain the relationship between different construction organisations

M2 Analyse the relationships between construction companies through contracts and tendering.

D2 Compare the factors that influence contract relationships between different organisations involved in tendering.

 

Pass

Merit

Distinction

LO3 Discuss the key stages in a construction project, and how Building Information Modelling informs the different stages

 

P6 Identify, with examples, modern construction processes and sequences used within today’s industry, highlighting the way they respond to sustainability needs

P7 Explain contract planning techniques used within micro and macro projects

M3 Analyse how construction has developed in terms of innovation, designs, and within contracts for micro and macro projects, and the interrelationship with BIM

D3 Provide a detailed analysis of how the construction industry has evolved in terms of innovative construction methods and contracts

P8 Identify where BIM impacts upon operations and construction companies

 

 

LO4 Analyse how the construction industry has developed suitable collaboration strategies in support of greater recognition of Health & Safety.

 

P9 Explain how Health & Safety has now become an integrated part of the construction process

P10 Describe the government legislation which has benchmarked Health & Safety within construction

M4 Demonstrate how the construction industry has benefited through changes in Health & Safety legislation

D4 Evaluate the impact of Health & Safety legislation, how it has evolved the drivers for it, and its advantages or weaknesses within construction

P11 Discuss the role of collaboration and communication in ensuring safe working practices

 

 

Recommended Resources

Textbooks

GRIFFITH, A. and WATSON, P. (2003) Construction Management: Principles and Practice. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

HARRIS, F. and MCCAFFER, R. (2013) Modern Construction Management.

Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

KYMMELL, W. (2007) Building Information Modelling: Planning and Managing Construction Projects. New York: McGraw Hill Professional.

OTTOSSON, H. (2012) Practical Project Management for Building and Construction.

Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Websites

www.ciob.org.uk                                  Chartered Institute of Building (General Reference)

www.rics.org                                         Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (General Reference)

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