Modules

1st Semester

MANAGEMENT OF PROJECT RISK, QUALITY AND SAFETY

 Module Description

 
Full Module Description:
Mode of Delivery:  Lectures and group working sessions
Weekly Hours:  Lectures 6
ECTS:  30
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Learning Outcomes

 

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

 

•Make general evaluations of risks through some understanding of the basis of such risks.

•Understand and contrast the roles of various parties in the successful, collaborative management of health and safety during both the design and the construction phases of a construction project

•Evaluate the likelihood and impact of risk occurrence, and procedures to manage those risks, including health and safety risks.

•Critically appraise quality management techniques.

Use and compare project management tools to plan and manage a project

 

Module Description

 

This level 7 module starts with a general introduction into the management of projects, and then goes more deeply into the technical aspects of project management techniques and project risk.  Risk analysis and the identification and mitigation of risk events are dealt with in a construction project context, including human aspects.  It covers many aspects of health and safety legislation and practice, starting from the history of health and safety in the UK, the Health and Safety at Work Act, risk assessment, and covers major sets of regulations that impact on construction work.  The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are dealt with in depth, as this is a key piece of statutory legislation that relates to the construction industry.  Good practice and the importance of advice and guidance are emphasised.  Quality management is dealt with in relation to the requirements of the latest edition of ISO9000, and the process leading to registration under this standard.  Modern Practices in quality and the use of various quality management techniques are covered

Assessment Methods and Criteria

 

Individual coursework assignments and on-line tests 100%

Recommended or required Bibliography

 

Core texts:

Lockyer, K. & Gordon, J. (2005) Project Management and Project Network Techniques, Prentice Hall

HSE (2006) Health and Safety in Construction HSG150, HSE Books

HSE, (2007) Managing Health and Safety in Construction: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 Approved Code of Practice , L144 HSE Books

ISO 9004 Quality Standards including guidance

 

Recommended reading:

Constructing Excellence (2008) Client Commitments Construction Clients Group, London

Francis, A., Hope, M. & Adamson, D. (2011) The Stabilisation of Combe Down Stone Mines, Good Practice Guide, Combe Down Stone Mines Project Bath and North East Somerset Council

ICE, (2005) Risk Analysis and Management for Projects (RAMP), ICE Publishing 

Dallas, M. (2006) Value and risk management: A Guide to Best Practice, John Wiley & Sons

Dale, B. (2007) Managing Quality, Prentice Hall

 

 

 

2nd Semester

STRUCTURAL DESIGN IN CONCRETE AND STEEL

Module Description

Full Module Description:
Mode of Delivery:  Use of lectures and group working sessions
Weekly Hours:  Lectures 6
ECTS:  30
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

•Analyse, design and detail reinforced and pre-stressed concrete elements incl. flat slabs and post-tensioned slabs to EC2.

•Carry out the conceptual design incl. design for stability and robustness of multi-storey concrete framed buildings.

•Specify sustainable modern concretes incl. Self Compacting Concrete, High Strength Concrete, Admixtures and Additions, etc. in accordance with up-to-date practice.

•Critically compare various methods of design with steel such as simple, continuous and semi-rigid and carry out plastic analysis of steel frames.

•Analyse, design and detail incl. fire resistance requirements of steel elements such as beams, columns and composite floors to EC3.

•Design single and multi-bay industrial structures in steel including bolted and welded connections

Module Description

This module is a core module for the MSc Structural Design and Construction Management and the MSc Civil Engineering.  The module covers latest developments in specification, design and detail of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete framed buildings and, steel framed structures.  Methods of analysis and structural design are in accordance with Eurocode 2 (EC2) and Eurocode 3 (EC3) for concrete and steel respectively. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria

•Coursework (concrete) total 50%:  The brief of the Concrete Structural Design Competition by The Concrete Centre will be used as a template.

•Examination (steel) total 50%: four questions, max 12.5% each, open book exam

Recommended or required Bibliography

Core Texts:

Arya, Ch. (2009) Design of Structural Elements, 3rd edition, Spon, ISBN 9780415467209

Manual for the Design of Steelwork Building Structures to EC3. (2010) The Institution of Structural Engineers, ISBN 9781906335168

McKenzie, W.M.C (2008). Design of Structural Steelwork to BS5950 and C-EC3, 2nd Ed, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9780333715796

Megson, THG (2005), Structural and Stress Analysis,  Arnold  ISBN 0-340-631196-1

 

Recommended Reading:

British Standards Institution for Eurocodes (www.bsigroup.co.uk) including EC2 for concrete, EC3 for steel, EC1 for actions, etc.

The Concrete Centre for EC2 (www.concretecentre.com) including How-to design to EC2 guides, Concise EC2, Scheme Design Manual, etc.

The Concrete Society for Technical Reports (www.concrete.org.uk) including TR43 for PT slabs, TR58 for deflections, TR64 for flat slabs, etc.

The Steel Construction Information System for EC3 (www.steelconstruction.info) including key resources, design guides, software, CPD courses, etc.

 

 

3rd Semester

SEISMIC DESIGN OF STRUCTURES AND SUBSTRUCTURE DESIGN

Module Description

Full Module Description:
Mode of Delivery:  Use of lectures and group working sessions
Weekly Hours:  Lectures 6
ECTS:  30
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

•Carry out conceptual design, seismic analysis and detailed design of concrete framed buildings to EC8

•Critically analyse technical structural requirements and recommend credible practical solutions for concrete structures subjected to earthquake induced loading incl. repair and strengthening of earthquake-damaged structures.

•Analyse and design shallow footings, rafts and special foundations using numerical methods in accordance with EC7

•Assess the loaded behaviour of single piles and pile groups including settlement prediction for both short term and long term conditions.

•Analyse the stability and deformation of various geotechnical elements subjected to seismic loading.

•Discuss and interpret environmental as well as practical issues related to geotechnical construction. 

Module Description

This module is a core module for the MSc Structural Design and Construction Management.  The module covers the conceptual design and detailed design of concrete framed buildings subjected to earthquake in accordance with Eurocode 8 (EC8).  The module also covers the design of reinforced concrete substructures and foundations to Eurocode 7 (EC7) including soil-structure interaction, cyclic loading and sustainability issues.

Assessment Methods and Criteria

•Coursework (seismic design) total 50%:  The brief will require the conceptual design, seismic analysis and detailed design of a reinforced concrete framed building (different data for each student)

•Coursework (substructure design) total 50%: The brief will require analysis and design of basement structures, including soil-structure interaction analysis, utilising industry-standard numerical codes

Recommended or required Bibliography

Core Texts:

Elghazouli A Y (2009), Seismic Design of Buildings to Eurocode 8, Spon Press

The Institution of Structural Engineers (2010) Manual for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8, The Institution of Structural Engineers, UK

Tomlinson, M J (2001), Foundation Design and Construction Practice, 7th Edition, Longman Scientific, ISBN  0130311804.

Tomlinson M. J. (2008). Pile design and construction practice. 5th Edition. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-415-30582-2.

 

Recommended Reading:

Barnes G. E. (2000). Soil Mechanics: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition, MacMillan Press Ltd, ISBN 033377776-X.

British Standards Institution (2007). BS EN 1997-2:2007 Eurocode 7 - Geotechnical design (parts 1, 2, 3). ISBN 978 0 580 50569 0.

British Standard Institution (www.bsigroup.co.uk) for Eurocode 8

Fleming WGK, Weltman AJ, Randolph ME, Elson WK. (2009). Piling Engineering 3rd Edition, Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0-415-26646-7 

Simons N and Menzies B, A. (2000). A short course in Foundation Engineering, 2nd Edition, Thomas Telford, ISBN 0727727516.

 

 

BUSINESS IN PRACTICE

Module Description

Full Module Description:
Mode of Delivery:  Lectures, including those that are online
Weekly Hours:  Lectures 6
ECTS:  30
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1.Apply knowledge of planning and managing a business including identifying problems, needs or challenges and applying appropriate skills and solutions to maximize potential and minimize loss. 

2.Apply the basic principles of personal and corporate taxation. 

3.Create and interpret financial statements including balance sheets, profit and loss account statements; budgets; and cash flow statements for single entities

4.Compare and contrast different types of business entities such as sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership, and limited company and alternative methods of financing. 

5.Develop a sound marketing strategy based on investigation and critical evaluation of existing markets that realises opportunity and maximises profit and business reputation.  

6.Demonstrate Leadership through a range of professional skills including communication; motivation; decision-making and managing organisational politics. 

Module Description

This postgraduate module covers the theory and practice of the business and management needs of students from different academic contexts such as, but not limited to Computing, Science, Medicine, Biotechnology and the Health Services who are aspiring team leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs in business within the context of the commercial, public, voluntary, or academic sector

Assessment Methods and Criteria

Formative exercise using a simulation with a case study to produce an integrated strategy.

Summative: 

Individual coursework of max 6000 words on a topic pertinent to businesses in STEM sectors

Coursework 100% 

Recommended or required Bibliography

 Dyson, J, R. (2010). Accounting for Non-Accounting Students. 8/E. Financial Times Press.  ISBN  9780273722977 

(Provides students with an introduction to financial and management accounting.)

Armstrong, G., Kotler, P., Harker, M. & Brennan, R. (2012).  Marketing: An Introduction. 2/E, Pearson. ISBN 9780273762607

Mellor, R.B. (2008). Entrepreneurship for Everyone. Sage. ISBN 9781412947763

 

 

4th Semester

ESTIMATING,TENDERING AND PROCUREMENT

Module Description

Full Module Description:
Mode of Delivery:  Use of lectures and group working sessions
Weekly Hours:  Lectures 6
ECTS:  30
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

•Understand the role of the client in the procurement process

•Recommend the appropriate forms of procurement strategy for different types of projects

•Critically analyse in the tendering and estimating process from both client and contractor perspectives and the importance of using tender evaluation techniques

•Produce and use information for controlling and reporting on costs during design development and during construction

•Use best practice methods for the selection and appointment of consultants and contractors

•Evaluate the process of converting an estimate into a tender bid submission

Module Description

This level 7 module concentrates on the way the construction product is priced and paid for and gives an understanding of the roles that the client/employer, the main contractors’, and the professional service consultants have in relation to the procurement of construction works. It examines the processes undertaken at senior management level in terms of the estimating and tendering decisions that need to be taken by contactors’ during the bidding process. It analyses in detail the strategic decision making rationale that needs to be undertaken in making a decision to tender a bid and the process of turning an estimate into a tender submission.

Assessment Methods and Criteria

Summative assessment is through individual courseworks (50%), and an end of semester examination (50%).

Recommended or required Bibliography

Core texts:

Ross, A. & Williams, P. (2013) Financial Management in Construction Contracting, Wiley-Blackwell

Kelly, R., Mortledge, R. & Wilkinson, S. (2005) Best Value in Construction, Wiley Blackwell

Harris, F. & McCaffer, R. (2006) Modern Construction Management, Wiley & Sons

Ashworth, A. & Hogg, K. (2000) Added Value in Design and Construction, Longman 

 

Recommended reading:

Potts, K. (2008) Major Construction Works: Contractual and Financial Management, Longman

Masterman, JWE. (2002) Introduction to Building Procurement Systems, Spon Press

Acs, Z. & Gerlowski, D. (1997) Managerial Economics and Organisation, Prentice Hall

Fellows, R., Langford, D., Newcombe, R., Urry, S. (2002) Construction Management in Practice, John Wiley & Sons

The CIOB (2009) Code of Estimating Practice, John Wiley & Sons

Ashworth, A. (2010) Cost Studies of Buildings, Pearson Education Ltd.

Barrie, D. & Paulson, B. (1992) Professional Construction Management, McGraw-Hill

 

DISSERTATION

Module Description

Full Module Description:
Mode of Delivery:  A combination of workshops and tutorials, electronic learning tools and independent study
Weekly Hours:  Scheduled learning and teaching 42
ECTS:  
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

•formulate a valid and topical research proposal relevant to their field of interest

•demonstrate, through the execution of their research project, that they can  design and manage a small-scale research project competently

•collect and/or retrieve datasets competently with intelligence and rigour

•analyse datasets in a defensible manner showing understanding of research design and methodology

•conduct critical analysis and evaluation, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods in order to draw independent conclusions

•demonstrate an appropriate standard of literacy, scholarly writing and visual and oral presentation throughout showing a professional and ethical approach to research

Module Description

The overall aim of the module is to allow the student to develop research skills and gain an appreciation of a subject area of the students own choosing.  In undertaking the work that is required they will be able to demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing existing published literature and data and through the use of their own efforts apply one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions as a result of their research.  The module allows the student to study an area of interest in significant depth and allows the student to demonstrate a clear understanding of what has been learnt through a variety of means; a literature review, a research proposal, an oral presentation and a substantial dissertation. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria

Submission of a literature review         (15 marks)

Submission of a research proposal       (10 marks)

An oral presentation                           (15 marks)

Submission of a final dissertation        (60 marks)

              Total 100 marks

Recommended or required Bibliography

Core Text(s):

Fellowes, R. & Liu, A. (2008) Research Methods for Construction, John Wiley & Sons

Blaxter, L. & Hughes, C. & Tight, M. (2010) How to Research, McGraw-Hill Education

Bell, J. (2010) Doing Your Research Project, McGraw-Hill Education

 

Recommended Reading:

Manchester, C., etc., Exploring the Law, Sweet & Maxwell

Van Emden, J. (2005) Palgrave Study Skills. Writing for Engineers, Palgrave Macmillan

Allison, B. and Race, P. (2004) The Student's Guide to Writing Dissertations, Routledge

Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan

The final chapter, Skills Library at the University of Leeds

http://library.leeds.ac.uk/tutorials/thefinalchapter/