FdSc Construction Management

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Do you want to become part of the team that designs, constructs and maintains tomorrow’s infrastructure? Do you want a career with earning potential and a course that promotes teamwork and work-based learning? Sharpen your team working abilities and gain the knowledge and skills required to enter the dynamic world of professional construction management.

Enhance your career prospects in construction management and quantity surveying through study at University Centre Colchester.

Our courses are designed in conjunction with professional bodies, employers and practitioners to ensure the course content is kept relevant and challenging.

 

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The industry is fast moving. New construction methods, techniques and technologies develop rapidly and legislation is always changing, which is reflected in the course delivery.

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Construction Management programme will provide broad based core studies which will develop technological and managerial skills and knowledge. Optional modules will develop specialist pathways in either Site Management or Commercial Management. The course will develop knowledge and understanding of construction processes, management skills, building technology and environmental and sustainability issues. Key aspects of the programme are the work-based modules that allow the students to apply their learning in the workplace.

This course is taught through a mixture of group and individual classroom activity, guided assignments, presentations, case studies and formal examinations. Students will need to undertake private study during the duration of the course. The amount will vary according to the student’s individual abilities and aspirations, but most students find that extra study is beneficial.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30 or 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Year One (Level 4) Year Two (Level 5)

32 UCAS points* (based on Pass at National Certificate/Diploma), AS or A Level study plus GCSEs (grades A*-C) in maths and English, or an equivalent level 2 qualification. NVQ Level 3 construction craft qualifications would also be suitable. Candidates with a Certificate in Higher Education in Construction can enter the third year of the part-time Foundation Degree in Construction. Applicants without any formal qualifications will be expected to have significant work-based experience and would normally be employed within the industry, or demonstrate the capacity and attainments needed to complete the course successfully. All candidates will be interviewed prior to enrolment.

*2017-18 UCAS Tariff

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

Additional requirements:

  • You must provide evidence of having been in general education for at least 10 years and of having studied within the last five years
  • a face-to-face interview is required before an offer is made.

Our graduates generally go on to further study and join the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management. Graduates who enter employment tend to go on to work in a wide range of employment within construction management, commercial management and in site management, quantity surveying, site engineering, building control, or work as architectural technicians, in building control or building surveyors. Job roles include quantity surveyor, estimator, buyer, construction planner, site manager, contracts manager and site engineer.

Students who successfully gain this award can progress to the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management (Commercial Management) or (Site Management) at University Centre Colchester.

Site Management: Management of the construction process for residential or commercial developments.

Quantity Surveying: Management of all costs relating to construction projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. Surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money.

Site Engineering: The control, supervision, setting out and construction of residential and industrial developments.

Architectural Technician: The development and design of new buildings and structures including innovative design methods, and new and improved energy conservation systems for buildings.

Building ControlEnsuring that building regulations and other legislation are followed when houses, offices and other buildings are designed and constructed. These regulations cover areas such as public health, fire safety, energy conservation and building accessibility.

Building Surveyor: Specialisation in giving professional advice on all aspects of property and construction. Building surveyors work on the design and development of new buildings, as well as the restoration and maintenance of existing ones.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.

Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

 Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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FdSc Construction Management - Full-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration2 Years
UCAS CodeK221
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
Attendance2 days a week – 9am – 5pm
Fee(s)2018-19: £9,250
FdSc Construction Management - Part-time
LevelLevel 5
LocationColchester
Duration3 years
Course CodeZT1FDCMP01 | ZT1FDCHP03 (HNC entry)
Academic Year2018-2019
Study ModePart-Time
CampusUniversity Centre Colchester
Start DateSeptember 2018
AttendanceMonday 9am – 5pm
Fee(s)2018-19: £6,170 per year
Year One (Level 4)

Module Code and Title:

BSCC09C-HE CONSTRUCTION CAD STUDIO (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to introduce students to essential Construction Aided Design (CAD) processes, skills and visual language which create the foundations for future research in 2D & 3D graphic design architecture.

What do I learn?
You will be introduced to subject specific software that will enhance construction design understanding and measurement practices.

What’s the assignment?
There are three parts to submit. One is an initial drawing to show basic understanding of the software and its uses. ­­The second is a client instruction based assignment and the third is a portfolio of drawing work to be submitted at the end of the year.

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BSCC07C-HE SURVEYING PROCESSES (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ ability to use surveying equipment in order to demonstrate a range of contemporary site surveying techniques and practice used in the construction industry.

What do I learn?
You will be able to apply and demonstrate the basic principles and competences of land surveying which will introduce you to new methods and skills in setting-out, electronic & laser instruments, computer software used in surveying processes and data presentation techniques to suit particular requirements.

What’s the assignment?
There will be one portfolio consisting of two parts. The first part will be initial written work demonstrating theoretical understanding of the practices and methods employed in Surveying, with the second part of the portfolio being the demonstration of practical abilities using site surveying equipment, putting techniques into practice and converting field data into presentable forms of information.

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BSCC04C-HE HEALTH, SAFETY & WELFARE (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills required to identify hazards in the workplace, assess levels of risk, and make recommendations to control risks and to review the outcomes.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module appropriate health, safety and welfare legislation will be referred to and its importance emphasised in a construction contextualised environment.  This will develop your understanding of the construction sector and the mechanisms for non-compliance, the creation and implementation of effective health, safety and welfare policy, and help you to interpret health, safety and welfare and environmental legislation in the context of building production and analyse the effectiveness of procedures in the light of legislation and work place practice.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. The first part will be an assignment to develop and deliver a 10 minute presentation on a construction site safety issue. The second assessment will be a written demonstration of your understanding of a range of issues related to health, safety and welfare in the construction industry. For both parts you will need to research extensively the main health, safety and welfare legislation related to construction, together with the mechanisms for non-compliance, and be able to demonstrate correct interpretation of their application in the industry.

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BSCC01C-HE CONSTRUCTION MATHEMATICS (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of fundamental mathematical knowledge and analytical techniques for construction related applications.  Students will therefore identify, analyse, apply, and evaluate mathematical techniques within construction related scenarios.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will develop your analytical ability and learn new methods appropriate to the construction process: the testing, control and programming of construction operations. You will also gain an understanding of coordinates, traversing, and the trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. One will be coursework and the second will be a closed examination. Both will seek to confirm your understanding of trigonometric methods, framework analysis, beam calculations, and analysis of problems using statistics: tabular and graphical forms, standard deviation, frequency distribution, and probability.

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BSCC06C-HE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of different forms of companies and organisations and where / how the construction industry fits into the corporate business environment. You will also examine the economic and legal parameters that govern the way each business operates.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will develop a better understanding of how the construction industry operates within the UK and on an international platform. You will be able to rationalise corporate behaviours and link these back to changing economic environments.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete, both of which will determine your understanding of the English legal system and the impact of various economic atmospheres that surround the business environment.

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BSCC03C-HE INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION SKILLS (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to introduce students to a range of techniques which will enable them to develop their skill base to meet a variety of information and communication needs in the workplace.

What do I learn?
The module is intended to be preparatory, supportive and developmental. It will help to build a strong foundation for the understanding and application of the skills need for later learning across the entire degree programme. You will be able to identify techniques for effective research and presentations and develop interpersonal skills essential to accurate communication.

What’s the assignment?
There will be three assessments to complete. A technical report to show your ability to write a formally structured piece of written information, about a specific topic; a short but informative video presentation for a general audience that presents technical information both clearly and concisely; and finally a personal development-learning plan, based on self-analysis and development profiles within a personal development portfolio

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BSCC02C-HE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental aspects of construction technology and associated materials applied to low and medium rise buildings.

What do I learn?

Throughout the module you will learn the practices and processes involved in site evaluation and investigation techniques and their relationship to the design of sub-structures. You will also investigate structural forms and their application, causes of decay and deterioration of buildings, building behaviour and properties of building materials.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. The first will be a report into the site evaluation of a given site and justified recommendations for a proposed sub-structure. The second will be a closed examination.

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BSCC08C-HE WORK BASED PROJECT (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ problem-solving abilities in construction-related scenarios. It is also intended that transferable soft skills will also be developed.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module, you will develop your understanding of the skills and attributes required to work in the construction industry, either on a construction site or in an office.

What’s the assignment?
There will be five short worksheets to complete, each based on a realistic task that a trainee construction manager would be expected to complete in the workplace, such as materials management, contract planning, and modern methods of construction.

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Year Two (Level 5)

Module Code and Title:

BSCC010L- HE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of contemporary topics and practices related to the sustainable built environment.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will learn about functional requirements, design of buildings, resource availability, technological change and development, and social, political and cultural issues.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. One will be course work focusing on the concepts and uses of sustainable construction techniques and the second will be a closed examination on the scientific aspects of environmental sustainability.

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BSCS05I-HE PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to provide the learner with an introduction to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will gain an understanding of management principles and their relevance to the built environment. Students will learn how management principles are applied to construction activities using recognised management techniques.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. One will be a closed examination to determine your ability to analyse and apply management strategies. The second assessment will be a case study review to show your understanding of the construction industry and how to implement strategic management practices in order to pre-empt the major challenges faced by construction firms operating today.

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BSCS04I-HE PRODUCTION OF BUILDNGS (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop and extend the students’ knowledge of the construction of buildings. Students will also investigate alteration, remediation and demolition processes.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will learn to recognise not only construction techniques and processes but also the health and safety risks associated with construction projects, for example, when considering demolition or building conversion activities.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. One will be a report on your theoretical understanding of building construction and the relationship between process and materials. The second assessment will be a case study on your understanding and technical analysis of remedial, renovation or restorative practices within building development.

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BSCS18I-HE MEASUREMENT PRACTICE (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to introduce the learner to the measurement of construction work in accordance with recognised industry standards and practice.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will learn about measurement techniques and their application. You will be able to select and apply appropriate processes in order to determine construction quantities and construct bills of quantities of measured works.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments. One will be a written report showing your understanding of the role of the qualified Quantity Surveyor working in a Chartered Practice. The second assessment will be the successful production of quantities for the work as detailed on the attached drawings and specifications in accordance with the SMM7 /New Standards of Measurement (NSM).

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BSCS06I-HE SITE MANAGEMENT PRACTICE (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to introduce the student to the specific knowledge and skills required by site managers and others undertaking a management function in a contracting organisation.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will learn about functional planning and programming work, managing sub-contractors and suppliers, health and safety, site organisation and layout and contract administration.

What’s the assignment?
There will be two assessments to complete. The first assessment will be the evaluation of site management principles and practices. The second will review your ability to manage changes to design during the course of construction projects.

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BSCC05C-HE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (15 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ understanding of the need for planning, organisation and control of resources in the built environment.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module you will learn about project operations in chronological order in accordance with the RIBA Plan of Work. You will be able to analyse and evaluate the project, prepare and complete all information for obtaining tender, complete a brief and decide on an appearance specification.

What’s the assignment?
There will be one case study to complete and one time controlled assessment. The case study will showcase your ability to critically analyse the relevance of building control legislation and the topicality and political nature of the planning process. The time controlled assessment will cover your knowledge of sustainability and property development processes.

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BSCS07I-HE WORK BASED PROJECT 2 (30 Credits)

What’s it about?
This module is designed to develop the students’ ability to plan, progress and evaluate a work-based, construction-related problem. All full-time students are guaranteed a work placement in the industry to assist with the completion of this module.

What do I learn?
Throughout the module, you will learn how to evaluate and reflect on your actions in the workplace when solving construction-related problems.

What’s the assignment?
There will be one assessment to complete. This will be a report on your work-based experience that details how you dealt with and solved day-to-day construction problems encountered on site or in the office.

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