CONS08011 2019 Lean Principles and Quality Management

General Details

Full Title
Lean Principles and Quality Management
Transcript Title
Lean Principles and Quality Ma
75 %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty, Paul Tansey, David Collery
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management (Add-on) SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology SG_CCONS_K08 202100 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Construction Project Management SG_SREAL_K08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Real Estate Development and Valuation (Add-on) SG_SCONS_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

The aim of this module is to develop student’s awareness and understanding of the key characteristics associated by improving the effective operation of the construction industry by implementing lean and quality systems. The module also evaluates the areas where lean production theories can make a significant impact in construction. Lean Construction planning underpins a wider approach to applying Lean Thinking to create significant improvements in project safety, predictability, construction and improved productivity. The module will provide the student’s with an introduction to lean construction & quality management and the tools/method required to implement these processes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critique lean principles, thinking, and practices, and their application in construction


Establish the five lean principles, seven wastes and a lean quality approach in a project environment


Develop process and continuous improvement skills in the application of lean tools and techniques in a project environment


Evaluate and discuss the importance of Supply Change Management


Assess the relative merits of Quality and Construction Management tools for using Lean, Quality and BIM synergies.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant and guest lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings students together to facilitate group learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

30% continual assessment blend of assignment and quizzes



Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Indicative Syllabus


  • The lecturer will use real world case studies and scenarios to demonstrate the essential principles and provide content for the topics.
  • Lean Construction Thinking: The student will be presented a range of information and case studies to provide an introduction to, what is Lean Thinking, Lean in Construction, adding value and what is waste.
  • The five lean principles, identify value, map the value stream, create flow, establish pull and seek perfection.
  • Seven wastes and link to the construction industry
  • Lean Process Measurement and Lean Tools
  • The importance of the supply chain in construction industry, management factors and cost tradeoffs.
  • ISO 18404 as a Lean Construction Transformation Model
  • ISO 12006-3:2007 Building construction -- Organization of information about construction works -- Part 3: Framework for object-oriented information
  • Brainstorming method - detailed knowledge of the Kazien and 10 ground rules and improvement tools Flow charting, fishbone, check sheet, Pareto chart, fishbone diagram, scatter charts, and flow charts.
  • Information and communication technology/Building Information Modeling
  • Implementing the Ancillary tools, quality at source, Poka Yoke, working standards, and implement Lean step to manage time, cost and resources.
  • Last Planner System
  • Supply Chain Management
  • BIM as a Lean tool

QMS and Auditing:

  • Quality Management Systems
  • History and Importance of Standards,
  • Purpose, content and interrelationship of ISO9000, and ISO9001
  • Hierarchy of Quality Documentation
  • Quality Awards
  • Auditing
  • Total Quality Management - Quality and performance
  • Customer Related Processes
  • ISO 10006:2017 for quality management

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Quizzes Coursework Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 5 1,2
2 Project Coursework Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 7 2,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Semester 2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Software applications & theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical / Laboratory Computer Laboratory Software applications & theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self directed learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Software applications & theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical / Laboratory Distance Learning Suite Software applications & theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Online Self directed learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-05-23 Lean Construction Management Springer
ISBN 9789812870148 ISBN-13 9812870148

The book presents a mixed research method adopted to assess and present the Toyota Way practices within construction firms in general and for firms in China specifically. The results of an extensive structured questionnaire survey based on the Toyota Way-styled attributes identified were developed and data collected from building professionals working in construction firms is presented. The quantitative data presented in the book explains the status quo of the Toyota Way-styled practices implemented in the construction industry, as well as the extent to which these attributes were perceived for lean construction management. The book highlights all the actionable attributes derived from the Toyota Way model appreciated by the building professionals, but alerts the readers that some attributes felled short of implementation. Further findings from in-depth interviews and case studies are also presented in the book to provide to readers an understanding how these Toyota Way practices can be implemented in real-life projects. Collectively, all the empirical findings presented in this book can serve to enhance understanding of Toyota Way practices in the lean construction management context. The readers are then guided through to understand the gaps between actual practice and Toyota Way-styled practices, and the measures that they may undertake to circumvent the challenges for implementation. The book also presents to readers the SWOT analysis that addresses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats towards the implementation of the Toyota Way in the construction industry. The book prescribes the Toyota Way model for use in construction firms to strategically implement lean construction management. The checklist presented in the book enables readers to draw lessons that may be used additionally as a holistic assessment tool for measuring the maturity of firms with respect to their Toyota Way implementation. Consequent to this, management would then be in a better position to develop plans for Toyota Way implementation by focusing on weak areas, strengthening them, and thus increasing the likelihood of success in the implementation of the Toyota Way. In a nutshell, this book provides a comprehensive and valuable resource for firms not only in the construction industry but also businesses outside of the construction sector to better understand the Toyota Way and how this understanding can translate to implementation of lean construction/business management to enhance profitability and survivability in an increasingly competitive global market place.

Required Reading
2017-12-06 Building Lean, Building BIM Routledge
ISBN 9781315300498 ISBN-13 1315300494

Building Lean, Building BIM is the essential guide for any construction company that wants to implement Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to gain a strategic edge over their competition. The first of its kind, the book outlines the principles of Lean, the functionality of BIM, and the interactions between the two, illustrating them through the story of how Tidhar Construction has implemented Lean Construction and BIM in a concerted effort over four years. Tidhar is a small-to-medium-sized construction company that pioneered a way of working that gave it a profit margin unheard of in its market. The company's story serves as a case study for explanation of the various facets of Lean Construction and BIM. Each chapter defines a principle of Lean and/or BIM, describes the achievements and failures in Tidhar's implementation based on the experiences of the key people involved, and reviews the relevant background and theory. The implementation at Tidhar has not been a pure success, but by examining their motives alongside their achievements and failures, readers will learn about what pitfalls and pinnacles to expect. A number of chapters also compare the experience of Tidhar with those of other companies who are leaders in their fields, such as Skanska and DPR. This book is highly relevant and useful to a wide range of readers from the construction industry, especially those who are frustrated with the inefficiencies in their companies and construction projects. It is also essential reading for Lean and BIM enthusiasts, researchers and students from a variety of industries and backgrounds.

Required Reading
2016-12-14 Lean Construction tredition
ISBN 9783734583834 ISBN-13 3734583837

Lean-Construction: practical insights for innovating construction management This book grasps some of the most practical and applicable concepts in optimizing construction projects and the objective is, to dig deeper into what is behind this so-called "lean-construction. Six topics are selected, based on the criteria of highest relevance in conducting construction projects. Each chapter is introduced with a provocative key questions, such as "why is construction progress always lower than planned, "why is building a steering room more than installing a performance board or the question of "how to steer a construction site with takt-time and many other topics such as performance management, or integrated collaborative planning. The content of this book will simplify your life as a construction manager, planner, owner or consultant. And at the same time it is easily understandable and fun to read. Alexander Lange Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Required Reading
2019 Digital Quality Management in Construction Routledge is
ISBN 1138390828 ISBN-13 9781138390829

Much is written about Building Information Modelling (BIM) driving collaboration and innovation, but how will future Quality Managers and Engineers develop digital capabilities in augmented and video realities, business intelligence platforms, robots, new materials, artificial intelligence, block chains, drones, laser scanning, data trusts, 3D printing and many other types of technological advances in construction? These emerging technologies are potential game changers that require new skills and processes. This is the first "how to" book on harnessing disruptive technology in construction quality management. The book takes a tour of the new technologies and relates them to the management of quality, but also sets out a road map to build on proven lean construction techniques and embed technologically based processes to uplift quality professionals' digital capabilities. With the mountains of data being generated, quality managers need to unlock its value to drive the quality of construction in the 21st century, reading this book will help them on their way to doing that and allow those working in Quality Management to survive and thrive, creating higher quality levels and less waste. This book is essential reading for quality managers, project managers and all professionals within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC). Students interested in new and disruptive technologies will also learn a great deal from reading this book written by a professional Quality Manager with nearly 30 years' experience in both public and private sectors.

Required Reading
2015-02-20 Construction Project Manager’s Pocket Book Routledge
ISBN 9781317533597 ISBN-13 1317533593

Construction project management requires a broad range of knowledge, from technical expertise to leadership, negotiation, team building and communication. This practical nononsense guide covers all of the essentials of the role, including: Pre-construction activities Design management and BIM Procurement Feasibility studies Environmental management systems People skills Recommended document formats Occupancy activities Construction project management activities are tackled in the order they occur on real projects, with reference made to the RIBA Plan of Work and OGC Gateway process throughout. This is the ideal concise reference which no project manager, construction manager, or quantity surveyor should be without.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

As per the book and ebook list. 

Journal Resources

Links provided on module moodle page

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