HND in Construction (Top up)
This course is ideal for those who are already working in, or training for, a technician role in the construction industry and are looking to enhance their qualifications to progress in their career. In addition, the course may be suitable for individuals who want to enter the construction industry at trainee technician level.
You will gain a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the construction sector, and you will be able to study specialist units to suit your interests and career needs. You will also gain an understanding of how emerging technologies affect the design and production phases of construction projects, explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in construction, take responsibility for your contribution to a project, work as part of a team and understand current health and safety regulations.
What areas will I study?
Key areas studied include:
- Group project (Pearson-set)
- Contracts & management
- Project management
- Management for complex buildings
- Alternative methods of construction
- Environmental assessment & monitoring
- Maintenance & operations
Group Project (Pearson-Set) (15 credits) Content in this unit will typically include role identification and allocation, collaborative structures, human resources management, project management, procurement, tender documentation, information/data sharing, meetings, Health & Safety, project costing and Building Information Modelling.
Alternative Methods of Construction (15 credits) On successful completion of this unit students will have examined how the construction industry impacts on the environment; explored alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose; government policy implications and Health & Safety constraints associated with alternative construction methods; and designed a fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.
Contracts and Management (15 credits) The overall aim of this unit is to provide students with a working knowledge of contracts, so they can manage a project team in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions of the contract. The principle person responsible for this is often the quantity surveyor and it is their responsibility to ensure compliance with the conditions of the contract.
Project Management (15 credits) Project managers will need to have sound knowledge, skills and competencies to manage all aspects of a complex construction project. This role may be fulfilled by a client representative or an external appointment. The aim of this unit is to explore theories and practices relating to project management, the project manager role, and managing stakeholders throughout the project process.
Management for Complex Building Projects (15 credits) This unit is designed to focus on factors that are involved in the relationship between the complexity of large construction projects and the management strategies required to plan, organise and co-ordinate such projects. Topics included in this unit are: management strategies, contract planning, pre-project phase, planning and design, contract selection phase, project operations, project closeout and termination phase, management team, organisational systems, cash flow/funding.
Environmental Assessment & Monitoring (15 credits) The construction industry is one of the least sustainable industries in the world; using around half of all the resources that humankind consumes. Yet society depends on construction to grow; making it increasingly important to find ways to reduce its impact. Environmental assessment methods were conceived in order to drive improvements in the built environment. They provide common methodologies that enable the environmental impact of buildings and building products to be measured, evaluated and reduced.
Management and Operations (15 credits) Students will examine the different maintenance elements and materials available, the varied approaches to managing the processes of maintenance, the impact of planning and scheduling, how maintenance operations integrate with the wider environment and how these impact on core business activities.