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BSc Construction Management

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UCAS code: 
K223
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
West Suffolk College

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Five years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

 

Next intake: September 2020

Introduction

Construction is a great place to plan a career with new innovations in robotics, digitised design and construction information (BIM) and offsite production techniques. New routes into professional careers are being established as ways of addressing the skill shortages.

This course is designed to prepare and develop construction management specialists for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment.

The course aim to provide key skills and knowledge of the construction industry and the roles and responsibilities of construction management including professionalism and problem-solving techniques. You will develop personal attributes which are central to the role of the chartered builder and provide a platform for professional recognition and membership progression to the Chartered Institute of Building and Chartered Association of Building Engineers CABE. 

The course will enable you to explore the subject area, developing your own knowledge and skills, and preparing for your future. The scheduled sessions on this course are an essential part of your learning, but so too is the time you spend online, in independent study, in collaborative activities with your peers and in completing assessment activities.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Construction Technology A

You will look at building as a process and building as a product, considering technology to be a mix of materials and method and aims to enable an understanding of first principles of building.  You will be able to demonstrate your understanding considered and appropriate technical solutions to given circumstances and communicate this to others.

Surveying Practices

This module is intended to give you the training and skills required to competently measure (in a variety of ways) land and buildings, and to record, check and use those measurements. 

Managing Health Safety and Resources

Being in charge of a construction project, where you have to produce a building safely on time, while producing good quality within a budget, needs the application of current health and safety knowledge with skills and an understanding of the processes which are safe and not deleterious to health of all workers.

Information Technology and Study Skills

In this module you will look at IT Software Packages used within the Construction industry, including Microsoft Office; CAD; Project Management and others applied to specific activities of the learner. You will gain skills in the application of Information Technology within the Construction Industry. 

Law of Professional Practice in Construction

You get a broad understanding of the theory and practice of law in relation to your professional obligations on this module. This will enable you to reflect on the legal implications of your working environment and the obligations which arise from the contracts you deal with and the civil and criminal consequences arising from how you go about your business.

Environmental and Sustainable Practices

In this module you focus on the growing importance of sustainability practices in all aspects relating to the construction and building industry. You will study Sustainable Environments and Communities, Sustainable Building - design and production and Sustainable Management and Business practices.

BIM Enabled Construction Technology

You will consider more complex buildings from the point of view of designer, constructor and maintainer on this module, and the boundaries within which they must work.  As part of this consideration you are expected to bring to the module information concerning social, legal, environmental as well as technological issues.

Planning and Building Control

On this module you will consider the practical application of the Planning Process and Building Control Process. This module will give you grounding in the complexities of the regulations and the technical standard involved with complying with the regulations.

Contractual and Procurement Procedures

The module aims to introduce you to how the implementation of legal constraints through the use of contracts and how different procurement methods can be used for different types of project. You will learn how the needs of stakeholders are balanced to create the buildings and surroundings we have today.

Measurement

You will gain an appreciation of the basic tendering procedures, estimating techniques and methods of estimating and develop the your general commercial awareness of the construction and civil engineering industry.

Construction Management Principles

This module will develop the application of management principles and techniques at site management level.  You will gain knowledge of the management of construction sites and an appreciation of the interface between management, technology and productivity.  The importance of following safe working practices is considered throughout the module.

Professional Practice and Research Skills

This module requires you to work independently to demonstrate your abilities as managers within the built environment professions.  You will be introduced to research methods and develop and execute a planned research project into an aspect of construction management practice.

Production Technology

This module is intended to equip the you with the cognitive, intellectual and affective skills necessary to enhance your understanding of the relationship between construction technology and production methods. It will enable you to develop your understanding of the different processes involved in the construction of buildings and enable you to consider different options and evaluate suitability for specific projects.

Project Management

You will gain knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in developing and designing a project from inception through to final completion. You will study the processes and practices involved in the management of the pre-construction phase before moving onto an examination of how this should lead successfully into and through the construction phase and on to final completion. This module will be set within the context provided by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and will also embrace the themes of Ethics, Inclusivity & Professionalism.

Economics

You will be introduced to the principles of economics in the built environment and look at the relationship between the construction industry and the economy of Great Britain and the financing of construction projects. You will be required to develop their understanding of the impact of increasing energy costs on all aspects of the construction process and the demand for buildings.

Contract Law and Administration

This module will develop your previously achieved understanding of contract Law and develop your understanding of the standard forms of construction contract and sub-contract used in the industry. You will also achieve a broad understanding of the methods of insurance, indemnity, delays, disruption, and reimbursement of costs, dispute resolution, and procedures in relation to the commonly used forms of contract.

Dissertation

The dissertation requires you to carry out a valid, independent research project which will develop your key skills in data gathering, analysis, evaluation and communication within the fields of construction and civil engineering. You will develop and apply the principles of research you developed in the level 5 module ‘Skills in Research and Problem Solving’ and enhance your critical and interpretive capabilities. You will build on your particular interests and experience gained over the course and theories and apply your knowledge.

Career opportunities

Our graduates' technical and communication skills makes them sought after in many sectors. Students can and do progress in a wide range of roles including construction management such as:

  • site and project managers
  • office based building contracting technical roles,
  • design,
  • building control and maintenance
  • estimator

The majority of our students are already working in managerial or professional roles so it is a great place to network and find new career opportunities and aids your career progression.

Fees and finance

2020-21

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Mature students with suitable industry experience will be considered.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Facilities and Resources

The course will benefit from the new computer suite with powerful computers running BIM software and access to industry standard models.