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Human factors simulation in construction management education


Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Human factors simulation in construction management education, European Journal of Engineering Education, 35, (3) pp. 299-309. ISSN 0304-3797 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03043797.2010.483607


Successful construction management depends primarily on the representatives of the involved construction project parties. In addition to effective application of construction management tools and concepts, human factors impact significantly on the processes of any construction management endeavour. How can human factors in construction management be taught effectively? Although simulations are applied in construction management education, they have not incorporated human factors sufficiently. The focus on human factors as part of the simulation of construction management situations increases students' learning effectiveness within a cross-cultural teaching setting. This paper shows the development of discrete-event human factors in construction management simulation. A description of the source code is given. Learning effectiveness in a cross-cultural education setting was analysed by evaluating data obtained through student questionnaire surveys. The mean score obtained by the students using the simulator was 32% better than those not exposed to the simulator. The spread of results was noticeably greater for the students not exposed to the simulator. The human factors simulation provides an effective means to teach students the complexities and dynamics of interpersonal relationships in construction management. © 2010 SEFI.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Construction engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
UTAS Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
ID Code:64097
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2010-06-29
Last Modified:2011-10-04

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