BSc (Hons) Construction in Management and Sustainability
This course will focus on how construction management through design and technological improvements is helping the natural environment while becoming more sustainable in regard to newer and existing buildings. Construction managers address the complete life-cycle of a building, from conception, through design and manufacture, to decommissioning, recycling, and disposal.
The construction industry is now at the forefront of the challenge that presents itself to the UK in reducing carbon in buildings with an aim of net zero. Protecting the natural environment in regards to sustaining biodiversity is also high on the agenda. Technological improvements and new ways of working, such as soft landings and virtual modelling, will be explored on this course making it ideal for construction managers within the industry.
The UK Government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change has now been implemented through building regulations to improve energy efficiency and air tightness of buildings. With a commitment to reduce energy in buildings more design will be around natural design, sustainability and low carbon.
This course is designed for students who have completed their Level 3 qualification in construction management, an apprenticeship or equivalent qualification and would like to progress their skillset in the fields of sustainability, carbon reduction and project management, time management, problem solving, creative solutions for design, critical thinking, independent learning and team work.
- Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of subject-specific facts and principles in combination with an awareness of the current limits of theory and applied knowledge
- Understand the provisional nature of problem definition and associated information and allow for competing and alternative explanations within their subject
- Exhibit understanding of the defining elements of the subject as a result of in-depth and/or cross-curricula study or research
- Tackle problems by collecting, analysing and evaluating appropriate qualitative and quantitative information, and using it creatively and imaginatively to solve problems, introduce and develop innovations, and make decisions and follow them through
- Plan and execute research or development work, evaluate the outcomes, draw valid conclusions and make recommendations
- Display skills in evaluating and interpreting, in a balanced manner, new information provided by others from a range of fields of study
- Display generic scholarly and award specific professional skills and demonstrate the ability to acquire new competencies required for career progression
- Assess the ethical, equality and inclusion consequences of human activities to optimise community and environmental sustainability.
Teaching is delivered using a variety of techniques including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and building simulation modelling. Attain will have all modules featured on it, which will include resources used in class such as class notes, PowerPoint presentations, and any additional online learning materials to support learning.
Programme structure and key information:
- Mathematics in the built environment
- Construction management
- Mechanical services in buildings
- Individual project (feasibility study)
- Construction information and technology
- Site supervision
What areas will I study?
- Individual Project (Feasibility Study)
The module will introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully complete an Individual project to a high standard. This the module will cover: understanding the research of others, literature reviews, research planning, research methods and report writing. These skills will then be used to develop initial designs and costings for a multi-storey commercial building.
- Mechanical Services in Buildings
The building services sector covers a wide variety of services this module will look at drainage, fire systems and transportation systems within a non-domestic building. To include design systems for sanitation, fire suppression and transport that help buildings work better and safer for occupants, owners and the environment.
- Mathematics in the Built Environment
Students will also be able to perform the calculations necessary to establish anticipated performance of buildings. Students will be able to employ mathematical methods within a variety of contextualised examples; use analytical and computational methods to evaluate and solve engineering construction, civil engineering and building services problems; interpret data using statistical techniques and apply calculus techniques.
- Site Supervision
The construction of buildings and infrastructure involves many different types of work and many different people. The skills required to successfully manage the diverse groups of people on a building site, and to monitor and assess their work, is critical to both the success of the project and to ensure the safety of those working.
The unit will enable students to have an understanding of the importance of surveying the construction site to establish a starting point for the design and construction of the building. A topographical survey will be undertaken and transferring of levels when staking out a building.
- Construction Management and Law
The aim of this unit is to develop and provide students with a holistic understanding of construction management processes and an appreciative knowledge of law and contract. Students will investigate and research the modern construction industry, both from the practical skills embedded within the industry through to its linkage with development on-site and the connection with construction management and techniques used within the construction industry.
- Construction Information & Technology
In this module students will develop their awareness of different types of foundations and structures within the construction industry. Students will engage in producing both hand drawings and digital models of foundations for commercial buildings including, reading and editing of construction information, understanding how this information informs different stages of the process, and the value of collaboration in the information process.
- Group Project
The module will introduce students to the skills necessary to successfully complete a group project to a high standard, with different members of the team taking different roles in the project. Project diaries and proposals will be produced and a final design with costings. Students will develop an understanding to the design skills that will be used in the final design and costings of the non-domestic project. These skills will then be used to develop initial designs and costings for a non-domestic building.
- Construction Information & Technology 2
Students will develop an understanding of which materials and how they will be used to construct a multi-storey building. Explain the main features of buildability within the construction industry. The principles of buildability in terms of health and safety, efficiency, economy and quality of construction projects are analysed. The importance of developing a sustainable construction strategy is emphasised and learners will explore the methods and procedures involved in the safe demolition of buildings.
- Modern Methods of Building
On successfully completing this module students will have explored modern alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose, for government targets for housing within the United Kingdom. The module will look at Government targets for carbon linked to the Climate Change Act and the sustainable development goals which will include sustainable cities & communities. Students will examine the impact the construction industry is having on the environment locally and globally. Domestic and non-domestic buildings will be examined. Alternative construction methods will be used to design a domestic fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.
- Contracts and Procurement
This module investigates the process and knowledge of legal requirements and procurement arrangements within the construction industry. The students will gain more understanding of the contractual obligations of the parties who are involved in construction projects and how best practice and factors affect the procurement of contracts. An evaluation of procurement arrangements will be carried out by the student with an emphasis on RIBA Plan of Works identifying the stages involved. Students will gain an understanding of types of construction contract in terms of time, cost, and supply chain management issues.
Students will develop an understanding of how the economic environment affects the construction Industry sector. Students will be able examine, analyse and discuss the implications of economic theories on the construction Industry environment sector. Learners will also gain an understanding of government economic activity and its implications for the construction Industry sector.
- Environmental Assessment
The built environment is responsible for a high percentage of the carbon emissions in the world, from extraction to waste, which is responsible for climate change. This module will look at how different environmental assessments have been developed to try and help with the reduction of carbon, both internal and external assessment will be looked at, by using building management systems. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to undertake an environmental assessment of a building and compare its performance against other similar buildings and show how BMS can improve the use of energy and reduce cost.
- Maintenance and Operations
On successfully completing this module students will have an understanding of maintenance and operations required in the safe and efficient use of a commercial or industrial building. Different maintenance elements and materials available, the varied approaches to managing the processes of maintenance, the impact of planning and scheduling. Students will explore the relationship of maintenance and operations as an integral part of the building lifecycle (‘from cradle to grave’).
- Asset Management
This module will enable students to have a systematic understanding of the design ideas within the building services engineering sector regarding controls for commercial and domestic buildings. Control system fundamentals will be explored and examined to evaluate performance and cost. Building automation and control systems (BACS) will be explored for a given building scenario. Students will examine open and closed loop control system, remote control and local control.
- Contract and Law
This module guides the students to comprehend and evaluate the legislative aspects of the development process and application and processes of construction contracts. This module requires the student to apply a systematic approach to understand and be able to analyse the impact of legislation on a development / construction project. The module will investigate the English Legal System including Tort Law (nuisance, occupiers liability and negligence) following on from Contract and Law at Level 4. Contract formation then selection and procurement methods are examined in more detail using contracts and case studies. Contract administration with an emphasis on managing time, cost and quality which leads to the evaluation of delay analysis and alternative dispute resolution.
- Facilities Management
This module enables students to develop and manage a facilities management portfolio which supports an estates management strategy. It also enables students to develop and evaluate appropriate premises fabric and building maintenance strategies and review the effectiveness of the strategies.
Students will explore the sustainable facilities framework that promotes a safe environment and a sustainable emphasis on properties. The students will gain an understanding that best practice maintenance management strategies, in relation to building services with a particular emphasis on sustainable best-fit technologies such as BMS and incorporating BIM. In addition, students will produce a maintenance programme and plan examining the different types of maintenance strategies.
- Project Management
The aim of this module is to give learners an understanding of the techniques and practices required for the effective project management in the construction sector. Learners will understand the role of the project manager and gain skills to effectively design and install services for construction projects.
- Complex Buildings
This module focuses on the erection of complex multi-storey buildings and the use of modern systems to provide flexible internal space planning and design. The themes are developed to include how the useful life of buildings can be extended by alteration, refurbishment and repair techniques. The principles of buildability in terms of health and safety, efficiency, economy and quality of construction projects are addressed. The significance of developing a sustainable construction strategy is examined and students will explore the methods and procedures involved in the safe demolition of buildings including relevant legislation.
- Environmental Innovation
The module will enable students to have an understanding of innovative design ideas within the building service engineering sector regarding environmental issues and the preservation of the natural environment. Students will look at new materials being tried, new methods of building management systems to improve control both commercially and domestically.
- Major Project
The major project will provide students with the tools to produce a project proposal related to the sector specific specialism of building services engineering. The major project should be a topic that students are interested in and which will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong professional development.