Unit code: HES6177D
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||Equivalent to 36 hrs contact time or 150 hrs total study time|
UG: 250 credit points.
A unit of study in the
Aims and objectives
The aim of this unit to provide students with:
- A general understanding of the international construction market
- Learning experience in the key issues and concepts of procuring construction projects in an international context.
At the completion of this unit, the students should:
- gain insights into the global construction market, appreciate its dynamic nature and understand the different entry strategies adopted by competing organisations in the context of exporting construction services
- Understand the common features of construction practices in developing countries. Particular emphasis is placed upon construction productivity and safety
- Possess increased awareness and knowledge of cultural differences and how they impact on the management of international construction projects
- Understand the emerging trend of engaging the private sector in financing, designing, constructing and operating key civil infrastructure systems
- Appreciate the nature of financial risks encountered by contracting organisations in the global construction market, the circumstances under which they could occur, the implications for these organisations and the best defence to mitigate these risks
- Understand the common trend of forming international joint ventures in construction
- Understand the concept of Technology Transfer in construction, and differentiate between the various mechanisms through which technology could be transferred
- Understanding of the process that should be utilised by construction organisations in selecting, and training of, construction professionals prior to undertaking major assignments in an international context
- Manage the challenges of the knowledge-based economy and the construction industry worldwide
Generic skills outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, students will have:
- ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
- ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
- in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
- ability to understand problem identification, formulation and solution
- ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
- ability to function effectively as an individual in a project team, have the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
- understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
- understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
- understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and have a commitment to uphold these responsibilities
- expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, and capacity to do so
ContentTopics include: Introduction to International Construction, The Global Construction Market, Construction Industries in Developing Countries, National and Cultural Differences, Privately-financed Infrastructure Projects, Financial Risk Management, International Joint Ventures, Technology Transfer, Skills for International Construction Professionals, and Construction in the Knowledge-based Economy.
There are numerous texts, journals, magazine articles and web sites dealing with various aspects of international construction.
A list of recommended readings is provided at the end of each module (recommended papers will be supplied with study materials). Students may find the following textbook of some value:Mawhinney, M. (2001) International Construction, Blackwell Science, ISBN 0-632-05853-6.
Relevant references will be available on the Blackboard website for this unit
Available on the Blackboard website for this unit.