The course content has been devised in order to develop key areas of importance to construction managers across a broad spectrum of professional areas within the Built Environment. The skills developed on the course will enable students to function effectively in the work environment.
Years 1 / 2 (Part-Time)
Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
This unit addresses the phases of construction, reviewing the co-ordination and management of each phase. Constraints in relation to the planning, design and construction processes are considered as are the roles, responsibilities and obligations of parties to the construction process. The impact of technology on the design process is also reviewed. We investigate the legislation that applies to the construction industry. Health and safety policy is reviewed, codes of practice considered and company policies and procedures for the effective implementation of health, safety and welfare policy are highlighted. Project management principles are evaluated with a focus on duties and responsibilities of the Project Manager.
Science and Materials for Construction and The Built Environment
Properties and behaviours of materials are identified and analysed. Comfort levels relating to building use are discussed and evaluated.
Group Project in the Construction Industry
Working as a group undertaking a “real-life” construction project, this unit encourages teamwork, application of a range of professional skills and communication within the group. Developing a construction brief, preparing a “plan of work” and devising strategies and solutions, the group project helps to consolidate the units that have been studied throughout the rest of the course – this is essentially therefore a year 2 unit.
Personal and Professional Development
This unit focuses on developing personal and professional attributes. It reflects on the learning process, introduces learning styles and development planning aimed at enabling students to optimise their learning capabilities. The unit introduces portfolio building and a range of evaluative techniques designed to enable performance improvement.
Law and Contract for Construction and The Built Environment
This unit covers the legal framework governing the UK and also looks at the contractual relationships that exist within the construction industry, highlighting the rights, duties and obligations of parties to the construction process.
Environmental Impact of Construction
Covering both local and global impact of the construction industry, issues relating to sick building syndrome and the use of environmental impact systems, this unit covers a broad range of subjects that are relevant in today’s modern industry. The importance of meeting national and international targets in relation to reduction of carbon emissions as per the Climate Change Act (2008) is discussed.