Principles of Construction Management

By Prof. Sudhir Misra   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3614
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. 

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

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : 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.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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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

Books and references

  • 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.

Instructor bio

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 certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29th September 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • 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 nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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