Construction Project Planning

Description

This course develops the student's appreciation of the scope and skills required to control and coordinate resources in a construction project context. Students will utilise previously acquired knowledge of construction processes and technologies to develop commercially appropriate inventories of tasks that include appropriate implementation methodologies and consequent resourcing implications. This course examines various planning techniques, developing the student's ability to evaluate their appropriateness for use in a variety of situations. It focuses on critical path identification as the central function of commercially available project planning software, concentrating in the first instance on the student's skill development in manual methods of project planning/critical path identification, finally utilising a computer application to validate their results.

Availability

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the stages and tools utilised in planning and programming construction operations

2. Prepare a method statement, including resources

3. Manually prepare a program of work, including critical path identification

4. Operate a computer project planning package to prepare a schedule for a project

5. Use software tools to understand how a BIM paradigm can be applied to project planning.

Content

Planning programme stages:

  • Pre tender
  • Master and stage programmes
  • Method statements
  • Resource schedules
  • Material procurement schedules

Project planning tools:

  • Gantt charts
  • Line of balance diagrams
  • Critical path networks
  • Precedence diagrams
  • PERT charts

Precedence diagrams:

  • Output rates
  • Activity durations
  • Planning logic
  • Start and finish times
  • Float concepts
  • Critical path concepts

Computer aided project programming:

  • Data input
  • Program outputs including PERT and Gantt charts, resources, activity float and critical path
  • BIM tools and their use in project planning

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

Candidates for this course should have a working knowledge of construction technology as it applies to the built product, together with a similar level of knowledge regarding constructions processes and techniques.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Proposal / Plan: Project Plan

Proposal / Plan: Detailed Project Plan

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.