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Principles of construction management

About the course

Though the course primarily targets students of civil engineering in colleges, other engineering students may also find it interesting. The course seeks to present a rounded view of the divers issues involved in the management of construction projects, and includes aspects like construction economics, quality and safety management, and contract management, apart from time management and scheduling, estimation. It is hoped that engineers working in contracting, consulting and other organizations related to construction projects will also find the course useful.

Intended Audience
Though the course primarily targets students of civil engineering in colleges, students from other disciplines, especially mechanical and electrical engineering may find it interesting.

There are no real ‘pre-requisites’ to this course but an exposure to construction projects would make the understanding easier.

Industries that will recognize this course
It is hoped that engineers working in different contracting, consulting and other organizations related to construction projects will find the course useful, especially as a tool in induction training.

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Course instructor

Professor Sudhir Misra is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and has a keen interest in concrete materials, construction and engineering. He has worked with consulting and construction companies also during his 35 years of professional experience, and also led the effort to initiate a graduate programme in Infrastructure Engineering and Management at IIT Kanpur. He has been a member of committees of the BIS and also worked with professional organizations in Japan and India. His research interests include durability and non-destructive testing of concrete and development and utilization of special concretes. A lecture module of Concrete Engineering and Technology by him is also available online under the NPTEL scheme of the Government of India.

Course layout

Week 1:

General overview and project organization

Week 2: 

Estimation of project cost

Week 3: 

Construction Economics

Week 4:

Planning and scheduling: part-1

Week 5: 

Planning and scheduling: part-2

Week 6: 

Quality management

Week 7: 

Safety Management

Week 8: 

Legal aspects of a construction project

Suggested Reading
  • Jha K.N., Construction Project Management- Theory and practice, 2nd Edition, Pearson India Education Services Pvt. Ltd., UP, India 2015.
  • Kerzner H., Project Management- A systems approach to planning, scheduling and controlling, 10th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey, USA, 2009.
  • Chitkara K.K., Construction Project Management – Planning, Scheduling and Controlling, TMH Publishing Company Ltd., 9th Edition, New Delhi, India, 2005.  
  • Crundwell F.K., Finance for Engineers-Evaluation and Funding of Capital Projects, Springer, London, UK, 2008. (ISBN 978-1-84800-032-2).
  • Theusen G.J., Fabrycky W.J., Engineering Economy, 9th Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., New Delhi, India, 2001.
  • Srinath L.S., PERT and CPM – Principles and Applications, 3rd Edition, East West publishers, New Delhi, India, 1989.
More details about the course

Course url:  https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_ce18
Course duration: 08 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 21 August 2017-13 October 2017
Date of exam: 22 October, 2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9 am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2 pm-5 pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course

Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.


E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.

Final score = 25% assignment score + 75% exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments 

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at