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Bau-Consulting Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. (FH) Laurenz Görres

Teaching activites, results of evaluations and teaching concept

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Teaching activities and courses

 

  • During my time as a postgraduate research associate I taught the following courses at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich (Germany):
    • cost estimation in the tender phase
    • cost estimation of construction equiment and machinery
    • cost estimation during the construction phase
    • underground engineering and special foundation works respectively
    • specifics of international and overseas construction projects
    • risk management
    • tunneling

  • As a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Biberach (Germany) I taught:
    • specifics of international and overseas construction projects

  • As an assistant lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences N√ľrnberg (Germany) I taught the following course at Master degree level:
    • specifics of international and overseas construction projects

  • Since February 2017 I have been teaching the following courses as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden:
    • fabricating techniques (basics about construction machinery and manufacturing technology)
    • fabricating techniques of civil engineering and special foundation works
    • work preparation
    • time scheduling
    • time scheduling and contract regulations (handling of time related disputes)
    • organization of site management (duties of a site manager)
    • international project management (acquisition and tendering for international projects)
    • basic principles of international construction contracts (legal systems, FIDIC, NEC)

    The following coureses are in planning or in preparation:
    • communication, mediation and arbitration for civil engineers
    • risk management

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Evaluations of courses and teaching activites

 

from University of Applied Sciences RheinMain in Wiesbaden

Remarks about the Evaluations

  • Course evaluations are compulsary and initiated by the Dean.
  • Students have to evaluate each course on a regular basis using a formalised questionnaire with rating scales from
    • "1" (= very good teaching result) to
    • "5" (= very bad teaching result).

    The evaluations are carried out anonymously.

  • All questionnaires are analysed by a special department (ZES) at the university using an automated system called "EvaSys".
  • The number of students attending my courses in winter semester: approx. 130 - 140 and in summer semester: approx. 100 - 110.
  • Click pictures below to enlarge for a better view. The pictures show a summary of the results of the evaluation of each course regarding the following points
    • 1st: "contents",
    • 2nd: "didactics",
    • 3rd: "teacher‚Äôs professional demeanour"
    • 4th: "learning progress",
    • 5th: "overall rating of the course".

 

Course: "Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I" | Bachelor | 4th semester

Course contents:

  • Basics about construction machinery and construction methodologies in civil and building engineering
  • Estimating and calculating machinery performance
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I
winter course 2018/19 | click to enlarge
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I
summer course 2019 | click to enlarge
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I
winter course 2019/20 | click to enlarge
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I
winter course 2020/21  (online course) | click to enlarge
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I
summer course 2021 (online course) | click to enlarge

Course exercises: Please watch the German menue.

 

Course: "Work preparation" | Bachelor | 4th semester

Course contents:

  • Basics about tendering a project and planning a project.
  • Students learn the planning and importance of construction methodoligy, equipment concepts, requirements about workforce and site staff, site installation, quantity take-off, logistics and time scheduling as well as impacts on cost estimation.
  • Students learn to use Excel and develop helpful Spreadsheets.
Work preparation
winter course 2020/21 (online course) | click to enlarge
Work preparation
summer course 2020/21 (online course) | click to enlarge

Course exercises: Please watch the German menue.

 

Course: "Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery II" | Bachelor | 5th/6th semester

Course contents:

  • Construction machinery and construction methodologies in civil engineering (with focus on special foundation works, tunnelling, bridge building and others)
  • Estimating and calculating machinery performance
  • Planning site installations
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery II
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Course exercises: Please watch the German menue.

 

Course: "Site Organisation" | Bachelor | 5th/6th semester

Course contents:

  • Tasks of a Project and Site Manager
  • Tasks and processes during the execution of a construction project
  • The course is divided into two groups with the main focus on "Construction Management" or on "Environmental Engineering"
Site Organisation | with focus on "Construction Management"
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Site Organisation | with focus on "Construction Management"
winter course 2019/20 | click to enlarge
Site Organisation | with focus on "Environmental Engineering"
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Site Organisation | with focus on "Environmental Engineering"
winter course 2019/20 | click to enlarge

Course exercises: Please watch the German menue.

 

Course: "Turnkey Projects" | Bachelor | 5th/6th semester

Course contents:

  • Basics of scheduling
  • Estimating durations for planning and execution
  • Using MS Project
  • Time scheduling a civil engineering turnkey project
Turnkey Projects
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Course: "Time Scheduling and Contract Management" | Bachelor | 5th/6th semester

Course contents:

  • Basics of scheduling
  • Basics of"disrupted construction processes"
  • Using MS Project
  • Time scheduling a disrupted construction progress and analysing the effects
Time Scheduling and Contract Management
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Course: "International Project Management" | Master

Course contents:

  • Working abroad
  • Tendering and bidding for international projects
  • Features of large-scale projects
  • Special features of international projects
International Project Management
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International Project Management
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Courses: "(International) Contracts and Contract Management" | Master

Course contents:

  • Historical development of international construction contracts (basics of UK's legal system)
  • Special features of contracts with FIDIC and NEC
  • Conflict management in international projects
  • Basics of conflict management
(International) Contracts and Contract Management
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(International) Contracts and Contract Management
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Personal statements and comments from students about the courses taught by Laurenz Görres

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Comments on Mr. Görres’ teaching methods:

  • The courses are demanding, but highly instructive. The homework is perfect training for future professional life.
  • In my opinion the presentations are excellent.
  • A very good professor. Homework was a little bit too much to do.
  • A very varied and interesting course. The contents are well presented and easy to understand.
  • A very motivating and varied course.
  • His teaching style is very good and motivating.
  • Very practice-oriented! Excellent!
  • Good presentations and handouts
  • The theory is taught based on real projects.
  • Excellent teaching style - very varied with a lot of information.
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Mr. Görres has the following notable features:

  • Takes time to answer questions outside the lectures and office hours.
  • Always tries to help the students.
  • Takes a lot of time for students during his office hours.
  • Gives a lot of feedback in his courses.
  • He loves his job and that is obvious for everybody.
  • Clear and direct communication.
  • He knows how to motivate.
  • He knows how to inspire interest for civil engineering, in his courses he always tries to give it his all.
  • Instructive courses
  • Cool guy!
  • Always in a good mood, exemplary and motivating person.

 

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Especially positive features about the courses taught by Mr. Görres:

  • The course is clearly structured. I feel very well prepared for the job.
  • The contents of the courses are very good and interesting. The course is practice-orientated for future professional life.
  • The homework was a lot of fun and is very helpful for future jobs.
  • Mr. G√∂rres answers any questions and tries to give as much information as possible.
  • 10 of 10 points.
  • The homework was a lot of work, but I learnt a lot!
  • Very good homework!
  • If necessary, the course's contents are explained several times. Due to the typical question-response game between Mr. G√∂rres and the students during the courses it is easier to understand and learn the contents.
  • He always has time to explain any issues during his weekly consultation hours.
  • The topics of the courses are very practice-orientated.
  • Very demanding courses but very helpful, worth doing it ‚Üí he is very helpful even outside the lectures
  • There are no courses where you learn more than in the ones Mr. G√∂rres teaches.
  • The course is on a very high level, challenging, offers a lot to learn. The really demanding homework gives you self-confidence for future big projects.
  • Mr. G√∂rres' teaching style is informative. The homework is instructive and practice-related. Each course is well structured and fun.
  • The homework was a lot of fun and very instructive.
  • The course as a whole is "excellent"
  • The best course compared to other courses.
  • Very good lecture as well as presentation and lecturer notes.
  • Very demanding and instructive homework, challenging and informative.
  • Mr. G√∂rres motivates students to learn. I have learnt a lot.

Many thanks for all these nice replies!
I am really delighted to get such nice feedback on my courses!

 

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What Mr. Görres could do better?

  • He should clone himself. That would benefit everybody.
  • The homework should be easier ‚Üí it is too much. You can get 2.5 credit points for a one-week language course too
  • More credit points for the course, there is too much to learn for the exam
  • More exercises, for example estimating crane capacities
  • The handouts could be published earlier
  • Too much homework
  • It is too much for only 2.5 credit points
  • Keep it up, Mr. G√∂rres!!
  • Too much to learn for the exam.
  • Too much homework at the beginning that was too difficult but was manageable after a while and some training.
  • The homework was extensive and demanding in the beginning. But after a training period good to solve.
  • The homework is demanding and takes a lot of time, but it is worth it.
  • More credit points for the homework or less homework
  • More excursions / BIM laboratory / more training of skills like Excel and others

 

 

from University of Applied Sciences N√ľrnberg

For an English translation click on original!

Source: Result of an evaluation at the University of Applied Sciences N√ľrnberg 2015 - done by Prof. Gerhard Galneder
(maximum possible score: 7 | highest rating of all lecturers | as per sommer 2015) | translated by Kathrin Bennett

 

For an English translation click on original!

Source: From a certificate of employment by Prof. Gerhard Galneder (2016) | translated by Kathrin Bennett

 

 

from University of Applied Sciences in Biberach

For an English translation click on original!

Source: From a reference letter by Prof. Dr. Gisela Götz (2013) | translated by Kathrin Bennett

 

 

from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich

For an English translation click on original!

Source: From a certificate of employment by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. J√ľrgen Schwarz (2016) | translated by Kathrin Bennett

 

 

Remarks related to my courses or my teaching activities:

  • Question: Why is it necessary as a student with a major in "Project Management" to learn so many different subjects?

    Source: Own drawing by Laurenz Görres made with "bikablo" on flipchart A0 (15.07.2018) | click to enlarge.

  • Question: How to find the right way: from studying "Civil Engineering" to a challenging job as a Civil Engineer on a (maybe international) construction project?
    Source: Own drawing by Laurenz Görres made with "bikablo" on flipchart A0 (17.09.2018) | click to enlarge.

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General teaching concept for "Construction Management" by Laurenz Görres

 

What skills and knowledge does a "Construction Manager" need to have?

The following sketch may be useful for a student to get a better view on the necessary contents and courses of the subject "Construction Management". A lot of students believe that construction management is "easy to learn" and an "easy way" to become a construction or civil engineer. Both these ideas are false. A construction manager is a "generalist with a lot of special knowledge‚ÄĚ. To "survive on the construction site" he needs a really wide knowledge base and some specialist know-how in the following subjects: ¬†

  • machinery and process engineering
  • time scheduling
  • cost estimations and cost verifications
  • IT in construction management
  • site organization
  • contract and legal management
  • other issues related to construction management (e. g. construction economics or digitalisation)
  • project management

All these subjects are related to each other and interact with one another. It is like a huge puzzle. For students or young professionals just entering the job market this may not be so clear because it takes a lot of time, effort and experience to understand how the pieces of this puzzle fit together. The following diagram may help to illustrate this:

Learning concept for the subject area "Construction Management" (Source: illustration by Laurenz Görres) | click to enlarge

 


Date of last edit webpage: June 2021

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