oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Continuing education : Management games - A Scottish experience : technical paper

Volume 33, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0009-7845



Continuing education throughout their careers is becoming an increasingly important requirement for civil engineers. However, who will provide this 'education' and what will they provide? This paper describes the author's recent experience at Paisley College of Technology, Scotland, in connection with the development of a college-based training unit called Construction Education-Macdata. One short course in particular is discussed.

The benefits of game playing and learning by doing in the development of construction management techniques are highlighted by the discussion of a game based on a mock negotiation meeting. The game is part of a two-day short course entitled 'Negotiation Skills' and is designed for project managers and senior engineers. Use is made of TV video-taping for playback and analysis of the various negotiating styles.

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