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Global Issues in the Construction Industry

Explore the key issues faced by the construction industry today and discover sustainable approaches to resolving them.

1,993 enrolled on this course

Global Issues in the Construction Industry
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
This course is part of the program Contemporary Issues and Research in Project Management, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Construction Management with BIM. Find out more.

Understand the importance of research in the construction industry

A construction manager needs to ensure that projects are completed safely, timely and within budget. For this main reason, effective planning and research are crucial.

This course will help you gain awareness and understanding of international and global issues that exist within the construction industry.

You’ll develop research strategies for effective project management and use sustainable approaches to resolve issues.

Drawing upon international and global contemporary examples, you’ll consider different perspectives on construction research and strategies for construction management.

What topics will you cover?

This course aims to develop an understanding of research within the construction industry by exploring the various approaches to research for professional and academic purposes. In this course we will cover the following topics.

  • What would happen if we stop research in construction?
  • Global perspectives on contemporary issues in the construction industry
  • Ethics as a contemporary issue in construction management
  • Understanding research methodology and methods in construction project management

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of research in the construction industry.
  • Assess and evaluate the importance of ethics in construction management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of academic research process, and justify the research methodology and methods applied in construction industry.

Who is the course for?

This course is specifically designed for professionals and students who are involved with projects in the construction industry. It will be particularly useful to those who wish to update their research skills.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Danny McGough is the course director for the Construction Management with BIM online course at Coventry. He's worked on a number of complex research projects focusing on BIM & sustainable development.

Associate Professor Quantity Surveying/Project Management
Course Director MSC Construction Project & Cost Management (CPCM) and MSC CM with BIM
Faculty of Engineering & Computing Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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Advance your career with a degree

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

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This course is part of the program Contemporary Issues and Research in Project Management, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Construction Management with BIM.

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