Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsHello and welcome to this short course. My name is Danny McGough and I will be guiding you throughout this module. During this module we will cover the principles of realising construction projects, focusing on procurement selection. Along with the key concepts of client cost management and pre-contract cost planning. We will explore the pre-contract cost planning activity of elemental estimates and why they are of vital concern to the client. We will also discuss the process of tendering for construction projects from the client’s perspective. Throughout this module we are also bringing you a number of short films that serve as an interactive case study, along with outlining the process of procurement selection.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsThe videos will play an important role in the module featuring a number of tasks for you to complete. Remember to answer the questions and discuss your thoughts and opinions with other learners in the comments below. I look forward to working with you during this module and I hope that you find it informative, engaging and useful.

Welcome to the course

This week will introduce you to the key aspects of realising construction projects, focusing on procurement selection.

We look forward to exploring these topics with you over the next two weeks as well as providing you with tools to understand how you might improve your own area of practice.

This week we will:

  • Explain what is meant by a construction project
  • Introduce and describe the role of the client on a construction project
  • Produce a project brief
  • Introduce construction procurement routes
  • Overview the two main procurement routes used
  • Link procurement selection to forms of contract

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

Your task

What are you most looking forward to seeing in this course?


Meet the team

This module was created by:

Danny McGough, lecturer in construction management at Coventry University.

Picture of lead educator Danny McGough

Pauline, a construction industry expert, who is also your associate lecturer and will guide you through the program and help you make sense of it.

You can ask them questions and reply to their posts.

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.

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Procurement Strategies and Tendering

Coventry University