Online course

Pre-Contract Management for Construction Projects: The Basics

Understand the pre-contract management process for construction projects, considering procurement and tendering.

Pre-Contract Management for Construction Projects: The Basics

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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This course is part of the program Pre-contract Management Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Construction Project and Cost Management. Find out more.

Get to grips with pre-contract management in construction

On this course you will get an introduction to pre-contract management practices for construction projects. You will have the opportunity to explore what constitutes procurement and learn the structure of the project stages (according to the RIBA Plan of Work) and how to estimate their cost.

You will also get the chance to build your knowledge of various procurement options and explore the tendering stage: addressing what elements need to be considered when preparing a Bill of Quantities (BoQ), such as taking off and working up.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is procurement?
  • Project stages: RIBA plan of work
  • Review of procurement strategies: traditional, design and build, management contracting, construction management and partnering
  • Tendering: the next important decision – identify/contact suitable organisation to provide the necessary services, expertise and resources
  • Bill of Quantities (BoQ): process of preparing BoQ, taking off, working up

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    This course started 13 May 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe exactly what is ‘procurement’
  • Discuss the various procurement strategy options available: traditional, design and build, management contracting, construction management and partnering
  • Identify the RIBA work stages within the plan of work with an emphasis on understanding the relationship with the cost estimating stages

Who is the course for?

This course is for students, recent graduates or construction professionals engaged in construction cost and project management, civil and structural engineering, architectural technology, surveying and building services or engineering.

Who will you learn with?

Danny McGough

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.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Pre-contract Management Practice, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Construction Project and Cost Management.