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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 NĂĽrnberg (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
    • 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

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from University of Applied Sciences in Biberach

Source: From a reference letter by Prof. Dr. Gisela Götz (2013)

 

 

from University of Applied Sciences NĂĽrnberg

Source: Result of an evaluation at the University of Applied Sciences NĂĽrnberg 2015 - don by Prof. Gerhard Galneder
(maximum possible score: 7 | highest rating of all lecturers | as per sommer 2015) | click to enlarge

 

 

Source: From a certificate of employment by Prof. Gerhard Galneder (2016)

 

 

from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich

Source: From a certificate of employment by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. JĂĽrgen Schwarz (2016) | click to enlarge

 

 

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 2018/19: approx. 130 - 140 and in summer semester 2019: 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’s 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
summer course 2019 | click to enlarge
Construction Methodologies and Construction Machinery I
winter course 2018/19 | click to enlarge

 

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: "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"
winter course 2018/19 | click to enlarge
Site Organisation | with focus on "Environmental Engineering"
winter course 2018/19 | click to enlarge

 

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
summer course 2019 | click to enlarge

 

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
winter course 2018/19 | click to enlarge

 

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
winter season 2018/19 | click to enlarge

 

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. Görres 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. Görres 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 → he is very helpful even outside the lectures
  • There are no courses where you learn more than in the ones Mr. Görres 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. Görres' 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. Görres 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 → 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. Görres!!
  • 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

 

FAQ | Other remarks related to my courses or my teaching activities:

  • Question: How do I grade tests and exams?

    Answer: An exam measures the student's performance. "Performance" is a (physical) unit and the ratio between work per time. "Work" itself can be described or evaluated in terms of "quantity" and "quality". Therefore, the grade of an exam or a student's performance depends on quality, quantity and time - considering the individual circumstances of a student. From my experience as a lecturer this is a fair method to evaluate a student's performance.

    Principle of grading exams

  • 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”. To "survive on the construction site" he needs a really wide knowledge base and some specialist know-how in the following subjects:  

  1. machinery and process engineering
  2. time scheduling
  3. cost estimations and cost verifications
  4. other issues related to construction management (e. g. construction economics or digitalisation)
  5. site organization
  6. contract and legal management
  7. 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: July 2019

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