Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsMy name is Dr Abdusallam Shibani and I am a lecturer in construction and project management at the School of Energy, Construction and Environment at the University of Coventry. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the course, which will help build the community of the learner around the world that you can contribute and explore with the other learners. This course focuses on helping you as the student to understand the key principal, concept and strategy of construction and project management. You will learn the essential skills that help a Project Manager to deliver a project.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsThe importance of managing a project in the global construction context will be discussed in detail, including what to make a project, the project parameter, why projects fail and project management methodology. Also, we will discuss the five project activity cycle. I look forward to working with you through the course on the management of construction projects in the global context.

Welcome to the course

Watch Dr Abdussalam Shibani, our lead educator of MSc Construction Project and Cost Management at Coventry University, introduce you to the key topics that you will be exploring over the next two weeks.

This course will provide you with a broad overview of the set-up of projects and the fundamental activities that take place in construction project management.

As part of this course, you will examine the increasingly critical role of project management within construction, focusing on various international case studies.

This week

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • Explore the idea of a ‘project’ and its importance in the construction industry

  • Learn about organisations and key stakeholders

  • Get an introduction to the three project parameters

  • Examine some of the factors that contribute to project success and collapse


This short course is an introductory two-week course for a program in Global Project Management Practice which forms part of the MSc in Construction and Project Cost Management online degree at Coventry University, delivered on FutureLearn.


Meet the team

Your lead educator is Dr Abdussalam Shibani, lecturer in Construction Management at Coventry University.

Dr Abdussalam Shibani

Your course host is Fadzayi Guri.

You can follow them by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments they make.

They are here to guide you through the program and help you make sense of it. You can ask them questions and reply to their posts!


Checking your progress

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Your task

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The Importance of Project Management in the Global Construction Industry

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