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An Evaluation of Teaching Methods used in Teaching Construction Project Management

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Methods of Teaching and Learning in Construction

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25.157.1 - 25.157.15



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Edward Godfrey Ochieng Liverpool John Moores University

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Edward Ochieng is a Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University involved in project management teaching and research. Ochieng’s research interests include multicultural project team performance, value creation, project governance, project culture, project integration, modelling technology, and sustainability in construction. He has presented in both national and international conferences, such as Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Australian Universities Building Educators Association (AUBEA), CIB World Congress, and International World of Construction Project Management, whereby he has shared his knowledge on global project teams, project complexity, project performance, and project team integration. His research into project management is mainly concerned with people experiences and organizational challenges of managing projects in developing and developed nations. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the heavy engineering development project life cycle. He is currently supervising five Ph.D. students on project-related topics (risk management, agile construction, and sustainability).

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Andrew David Price Loughborough University

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Andrew Price, D.Sc., Ph.D., B.Sc., FCIOB, FICE, C.Eng., is professor of project management in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, with more than 30 years design, construction, and industry-focused research experience. His current research focuses on two core strands: the innovative planning, design, and construction of healthcare infrastructure and faculties; and the planning, design, and assessment of sustainable urban environments. Current research projects include Open Planning for Operationally Ready Acute Healthcare Estate - A Multiple Factor Scenario-based Framework; Strategic Asset Management and the Integration of Contestable Health and Social Care Service and Estates Design; Nurturing an Evidence-based Learning Environment, which supports the Innovative Design of Healthcare Facilities; and the Design of High Quality Flexible Healthcare Space Using Modelling, Simulation, and Visualization. He has had considerable experience of managing major collaborative funded research projects as Co-director for HaCIRIC a £9.6 million research centre; LU PI on the £1.6 million SUE-MOT consortia (EPSRC); and CI on the BeAware £0.8 million (DTI). He has been Principal or Co-investigator on 24 completed research projects. He has developed an extensive network of collaborators in the healthcare and urban planning sectors, supervised 48 completed Ph.D. students from 24 countries; acted as External Examiner at 12 universities and as a Visiting Professor at four overseas universities; and published five books and more than 300 papers in refereed journals and conferences.

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Ximing Ruan Ruan Robert Gordon University

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Before working in academia, Ximing Ruan had accumulated 10 years' experience in IT and construction industries. The roles Ruan took cover a variety of functions including marketing, customer services, project management, and general management. Ruan's academic career started with a M.B.A. in business school and a Ph.D. in built environment school at Northumbria University, before working as a lecturer at in the Business School at Robert Gordon University. Working at the Business Management Department, Ruan teaches a range of subjects in business management, with special focus on project management. Ruan's research interests lie in knowledge management, social network analysis, procurement systems, organizational coordination, and supply chain management. As a committee member on APM (Association for Project Management) Aberdeen Chapter, Ruan actively contributes to organizing local APM events. The liaisons with local companies provided Ruan with opportunities to capture the trends and needs for further research.

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Yassine Melaine Liverpool John Moores University

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Yassine Melaine is a Senior Lecturer in economics and management, teaching across various programs from first year through to master's. Research interests include energy issues (fossil, renewables, and nuclear) and environment (climate change, economics, and management); sustainability (ethics, CSR, and construction use of resources); international construction management (management of complex projects and transfer of skills in a global project); and training and education of construction professionals. As part of the research activity, he presented papers in both national and international conferences (CEEC Symposium on Training & Education Brussels, ICEC Symposium Queensland, Australia, First International Construction Marketing Conference, University of Leeds, Fourteenth Annual World Business Congress Granada, Spain, and Cib2008, Dubai) and published journal papers in nuclear energy professional training and lean construction.

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An Evaluation of Teaching Methods used in Teaching Construction Project ManagementThe Higher Education sector in the United Kingdom is currently experiencing a proliferationof construction project management courses that offer training under various criteria,teaching styles and outcomes. However, the efficacy of such courses on the practice ofconstruction project management remains undetermined. Though, from the reviewedliterature, it has been suggested that a properly designed construction project managementcurriculum is essential and will not only result in well-prepared construction projectmanagement students but a competent project management workforce. The research aims toexplore student’s perceptions of the effectiveness of different teaching methods in helpingthem acquire professional construction project management skill. The study will exploreteaching techniques that are passive-like/active-like and their influence of developing thedesired project management skills. A combination of strategies will be used, namely surveyquestionnaire and interviews. The primary objectives of the study are: To identify whichteaching method(s) is/are more effective for promoting learning for construction projectmanagement students; To identify which teaching method(s) the students perceive as helpingthem learn most acquiring professional project management skills; To propose effectiveenhancements to teach construction project management at postgraduate level.

Ochieng, E. G., & Price, A. D., & Ruan, X., & Melaine, Y. (2012, June), An Evaluation of Teaching Methods used in Teaching Construction Project Management Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20917

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