Online course

Research for Construction Management

Explore research methods for construction management and understand construction project cost management.

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

Discover how contemporary issues affect construction management

On this course you will consider global contemporary issues in construction management and how they affect the socio-economic development offered by the construction industry.

You will have the opportunity to learn the importance of good construction project cost management and get an introduction to common approaches to construction research, including research strategies and formulation of research questions.

You will finish the course by exploring a typical framework for a research proposal and drafting a research proposal of your own for other learners to review.

What topics will you cover?

  • The characteristics of a construction project
  • The different industry views on construction project cost management
  • Explore contemporary issues in construction project management
  • An introduction to research design and the different research paradigms
  • An overview of common research strategies and research methods

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore what research is and why it is important
  • Explore the research process
  • Develop and derive a suitable research question
  • Summarise how to utilise library resources for research
  • Explore effective research strategies
  • Describe the role of literature review

Who is the course for?

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

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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What's different about this course?

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.

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How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

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