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CIVE5181M Project Management

15 creditsClass Size: 135

Module manager: Dr Luca Sabini

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally a good honours degree in civil engineering or a cognate discipline with project management experience.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5185MThe Management of Projects
CIVE5922MConstruction Business Management

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should have acquired the following:
- understanding of the most common project management tools and techniques;
- knowledge of a range of issues that are currently facing the project manager; and
- awareness of a range of realistic situations that a successful project manager would have to manage and control.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have:
1. Critical understanding of key project management concepts, their evaluation and application in engineering projects
2. Development of problem setting and problem-solving capabilities in complex project situations
3. Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of project management processes and methods for the application of unique situations
4. Understanding the ethical dimension of planning and delivering projects
5. Knowledge and understanding of practices in the realm of project business and/or project based companies
6. Awareness of how project management can contribute to the achievement of some of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
7. Awareness of the key elements of project risk management
8. A thorough understanding of the key topics presently discussed in project management practice and research
9. Understanding the key stakeholders involved in planning and delivering engineering projects


General introduction to project management covering all phases of the project life cycle and including:
Defining Projects and Project Management;
Project Stakeholders and Stakeholders management
Scope management; Project life cycle
Economic and financial evaluation of projects
Critical Path Method
Earned Value Management System
Project management success vs. project success & Megaprojects
Cost Estimation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours118.50
Total Contact hours31.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

10 hours pre-reading, 70 hours reading around the taught sessions, 46 hours revision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Case studies in lectures, tutorials and group work allow the practical nature of project management to be reflected.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The exam will take place in a computer cluster.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:55


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