Construction Project Management: An Experiential Learning Case Study

Publisher:
IJET Publications
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Engineering and Technology, 2017, 9 (5), pp. 378 - 382
Issue Date:
2017-10-01
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Experiential learning exercises have been advocated as a way of improving learning outcomes for students. This paper reviews the different approaches that educators have attempted in introducing such practical learning exercises into the area of construction management degrees. This research develops a case study that focuses on a subject delivered in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney and specifically in the area of Construction Project Management. The subject takes students from a variety of course disciplines to initially develop a construction management plan for building works. Students are then immersed into the proposed project to participate in the building of that structure. The experience of the subjects is proven to be rewarding in providing an object to which students can apply their construction skills. The success of the course was found to be subject to several variables such as the organisation and planning and the attributes of the individual work supervisors, specifically their industry experience and ability to effectively communicate with students.
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