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Research for Construction Management

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

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Research for Construction Management
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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

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...

  • 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?

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

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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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.

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