CNST501 – Professional Practice for the Construction Industry

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Module code
Module title
Professional Practice for the Construction Industry
To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge in common organisational practises, read and interpret technical literature and create effective sketches for the purpose of communication within a construction and consulting environment.
  • EN1601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1:Develop an understanding of organisational practises including structures, reporting lines, record keeping, meetings and health and safety
2:Demonstrate effective team leadership and motivation, productivity, listening skills, critical thinking, identifying problem types and problem solving.
3:Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret technical literature used in the construction industry
4:Create simple technical sketches for construction from a given brief for the purpose of communication
May include, but not limited to, an appropriate selection from the following topics:
Organisational Practises: Organisational structures - delegation, reporting lines, formal/informal meeting protocols. Overview of health and safety and record keeping in the construction environment.
Effective leadership and motivation: open two-way communication, collaboration, mentoring, clear instruction, facilitation of team performance, goal setting, increased engagement, motivation and productivity, active listening skills, critical thinking identification of problem types, problem solving.
Read and interpret technical literature used in the construction industry: construction literature at an introductory level includes working drawings, manufacturers' specifications, instruction drawings and specifications.
Create simple technical sketches for construction from a given brief for the purpose of communication: Sketches use drawing techniques that demonstrate and understanding of proportion, line types, line weights and symbols and are created in accordance with job requirements and communicate information relevant to the construction project. Range: proportion, detail, two dimensional, three dimensional.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning activities for topics may typically include practical/workshop/lab sessions, lectures, tutorials, field trips, group work, visiting specialists, computer simulations, web technologies, projects and self-directed learning.
Assessment Criteria
A portfolio is a compilation of evidence presented by the student in ways that demonstrate their acquired knowledge, competencies and capabilities.
The contents of students' portfolios may typically include evidence of achievement from assignments, projects, tests, exams, formative assessments, and peer assessments, self and group assessments.
Portfolio of Evidence100
Learning and Teaching Resource
Access to PC equipment
Selected software e.g. spreadsheets
Access to online material, product and pricing data
Sample project documentation