Planning and Scheduling

Course Description

The course will provide the students with an overview of construction project planning and scheduling process, introduce various scheduling techniques, such as AOA, AON, PERT, Bar- Chart, and Line-of-Balance. Planning and scheduling applications in the construction industry. A llocation and optimization of resources in construction projects. Impact of scheduling on cash flow and cost control. Earned value concepts. Computer applications.


  • Hinze, Jimmie (1998). Construction Planning and Scheduling. Prentice-Hall , New Jersey
  • Ahuja, Dozzi, and AbouRizk (1994). Project Management: Techniques in Planning and Controlling Construction Projects, John Wiley
  • Mawdesley, M., Askew, W., and O’Reilly, M. (1997). Planning and Controlling Construction Projects: The Best Laid Plans. Longman, London
  • O’Brien, J. and Plotnick F. (1999). Critical Path Management (CPM) in Construction Management. Mc Graw Hill. ISBN: 71344403
  • Kerzner H. (2001). Project Management: a Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling. 7th ed. John Wiley. ISBN: 0471393428.
  • Pierce D . Project Scheduling and Management for Construction, 2nd edition. Roberts Means Co. ISBN: 0876295332
  • Hendrickson, C. (2000). Project Management for Construction, Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects and Builders


  • MS Project 2000
  • Excel

Course Topics:

:The course will primerily cover the following topics

  • Introduction of construction project planning and scheduling
  • Construction scheduling techniques
  • bar charts
  • Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM)
  • Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  • Linear Scheduling Method (LSM)
  • Determination of activity duration
  • Resource leveling and constraining
  • Time cost tradeoff
  • Schedule monitoring and updating
  • Earned value: integrating schedule and cost
  • Computer applications

Laboratory Work

(to be conducted in the Engineering Computer Laboratory K212)

Course Requirements

This course will utilize a combination of lectures, tutorials, student presentations, class participation, homeworks, assigned readings, scheduling project, and a mid-term and a final examination. Students are expected to perform in a professional manner in regards to their attendance, completion of homework and assigned readings, and class presentations and participation. Students are expected to be present for every meeting of the course.

Grading Policy

  • Research Project s      30 %
  • Midterm Exam.           25 %
  • Final Exam.                45 %

The above grading policy will be discussed and students will be allowed to provide their suggestions and recommendations.

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