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ENCI 695 Course Outline - Project Construction Management


The Project Construction Management course focuses on the roles of the Contractor and Construction Manager as key participants in Project Execution. The course addresses the project and business demands of this function, both of which must be understood and properly managed as an integral part of the overall project effort. The various management concepts available to the Owner and Construction Manager for construction execution will be examined and evaluated.


  • To examine, in some depth, the specific management processes applied in utilizing construction resources on the project.
  • From the Construction Manager?s perspective to develop knowledge necessary to deal effectively with both the integrative management demands of the project and the profit or business motives of the Owner or construction company.
  • From the Project Manager?s perspective, to develop the insights and understanding of the Construction Manager?s role required to effectively integrate and manage this function as a major component of overall Project Execution.
  • To explore the practical application of specific management concepts, approaches, systems and procedures used to plan, supervise, and evaluate the productive performance of construction resources in a capital project.


This course is divided into six modules:

1. Project Options for Managing Construction

This module consists of one lecture and provides a brief introduction of the course to the students and will review the alternatives available to the Owner for construction execution of a project:

  • Course Introduction
  • Execution Plan
  • Key Driving Forces
  • Contract Types
  • Incentive Plans
  • Constructions Alternatives

2. Role of the Construction Manager in the Project Team

This module examines the role of the Construction Manager as a key and integral member of the Project Management Team and defines the scope of construction management responsibility. Topics areas will include:

  • Project Responsibilities, Relationships and Interfaces
  • Forms of Contract and Service Agreements
  • Phases of Construction Management Activity
  • Planning and Organizing the Construction Program
  • Managing the Construction Program:
  • Scope and Quality Control
  • Schedule Control
  • Estimating and Cost Control
  • Scope/Time/Cost Integration
  • Reporting Systems

3. Managing the Contractor's Business

This module examines the Contractor's business with respect to organization, economics, bidding processes, and resultant corporate versus project priority conflicts. It also describes the methods, policies and procedures utilized by the Contractor in establishing and maintaining job control. The module will consist of six lecture on the following major topic areas:

  • Economics of the Business
  • The Contractor's Bid Preparation
  • Job Control

4. Labour Relations & Construction Manager's Perspective

In this module, Labour Relations Law, as it pertains to the construction industry, will be examined. North American (Canadian) Construction Site Labour policies and procedures will be reviewed and comparisons given for unionized versus non-union sectors. Topic areas include:

a) Labour Relations Law

  • Certification
  • Registration
  • Agreement Types
  • Agreement Negotiations
  • Arbitration

b) On-Site Labour Relations

  • Union Jurisdiction
  • Typical Problems and Issues
  • Grievance Handling
  • Productivity Issues with Union Workers

5. Developing the Successful Claim

This module addresses the issue of construction claims. Through group discussion, perspectives of the Contractor, Owner, and Consultant will be presented. Topic areas will include:

  • Conditions Which Lead to Dispute and Claims
  • Preparing Claim Documentation
  • Analysis and Handling of Claims
  • The Dispute Resolution Process

6. Major Assignment Presentations

In this module, student syndicate teams, which have been formed in the early portion of the course, present in a summary, the results of their major course assignment. Syndicate teams are expected, through the duration of the course, to:

  • Prepare a plan for the major assignment
  • Carry out individual assignments within the objectives of the major syndicate assignment
  • Prepared and present a syndicate report on the results.

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