About the course
Turning a building design into a completed project takes a huge amount of work. You have to carefully manage experts from a range of professions and trades, and liaise with clients, end users and designers to make sure it all goes smoothly. This course aims to give you the skills to take a project to completion, on time and on budget.
Construction is a global industry, and we want to give you the skills to be able to make your mark in your chosen profession. We’ll help you develop an understanding of what goes into global construction at each stage of a project, so we’ll cover the client’s initial brief through to design, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance of built assets.
But it’s not all about the project in hand. We also want to help you develop transferable talents. We’ll give you the chance to work on your leadership skills, and we’ll introduce you to Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) with insights from world-leading practitioners and academics.
Lean thinking is becoming more and more important in building a sustainable global environment. We’ll give you the chance to explore why it’s important to reduce all kinds of waste in a project, and how you might go about doing it.
We will also look at BIM, to show you how it could help deliver better value too. BIM enables clients, constructors and other parties to collaborate on projects, physically and virtually, wherever in the world they happen to be based. That means that projects can be managed more effectively, generating better value for clients and having less impact on society.
The degree is part of our suite of architecture and built environment courses. So you’ll be studying with peers from other subjects such as Architecture, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying. The chance to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams could help you stand out when you start your career.
We believe in keeping your options open as you study too. Construction Project Management BSc(Hons) is part of a suite of three courses that includes Surveying (Building Surveying) BSc(Hons) and Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons). Once you’ve enrolled on one of the courses, you’re free to switch to one of the others (with the agreement of your tutors) between the first and second year if your interests change. You only have to apply for one course within the suite we offer.
When I was younger I always wanted to be part of the construction industry. The modules on the Construction course at Huddersfield looked really interesting and speaking to tutors during applicant visit days and open days really sold it to me. Huddersfield may be a small town compared to Manchester or London but we still have the nightlife, we’ve still got the brilliant facilities on campus, some amazing opportunities to go abroad for placements and it’s just a really nice place to be.
Jamie Downie, Current Student
Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology
This module introduces three parallel strands of Architectural Technology: Structures Through an exploration of structural equilibrium and the assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements, the module will discuss the properties of building materials and the implications for element design. Buildings Fabric Design Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound and aesthetic constructions will be explained and exemplified. Common failures in materials and assemblies will be highlighted. Environmental Design A building’s fabric and services combine to create an internal environment that the occupants find comfortable and pleasurable. This extends to physiological (and psychological), thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. You will consider how responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised to provide the internal conditions necessary for comfort. All of the above topics will be considered in relation to sustainable design necessary for protecting internal, local and global environments for both current and future generations. On-line multi choice test of one hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%
This module will introduce the overall construction business to you. The content is structured into three distinctive, but interrelated areas, namely, business at industry level, business at project level and business at individual level.
Environmental Science and Services
Services in buildings facilitate interactions between the building and its internal and external environments. As such, buildings should be equipped with appropriate services to make those habitable. The current global drive for sustainable environments demands that the modern services in buildings should focus on providing comfortable living environments to building occupants through the most sustainable means. This module provides an opportunity to explore the concepts and relevant technologies in building services and their links with environmental sciences within the context of current sustainability agenda.
Construction Law and Regulatory Framework
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for the construction, property and surveying practice. You will be introduced to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the Construction Design Management (CDM) regulations.
Introduction to Digital Technology in Construction
The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the digital technologies in construction, with a focus on the applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The module will start from the traditional Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications, such as 2D and 3D CAD, and continue to the latest development of BIM, including 4D and 5D BIM. The concept of nD modelling will also be introduced together with other emerging technologies including robotics, laser scanning and 3D printing, which are used in the construction industry worldwide.
Technology 2: Integrated Technology
The module develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture in relation to the three parallel strands of Structures, Building Fabric Design and Environmental Design. Structures You will explore the use of a variety of materials and assemblies and consider their behaviour under gravity and lateral loading. Different foundations and earth-retaining structures will be introduced and methods for the assessment of stability will be developed. You will be introduced to the principles of designing structural members subject to bending and axial loading and the principles of elastic behaviour in structural members of any cross-section. Building Fabric Design You will consider more advanced construction techniques and building systems and you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary, your appreciation of natural and synthetic material elements, and the principles and techniques of their transformation into objects and components used in the assembly of buildings and building components. Environmental Design You will develop further the consideration of psychological and physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the affects on building occupants. Because of the close relationship between environmental systems, energy consumption and the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants, issues of sustainability will be considered at all stages. In particular you will focus on the range of environmental control systems found in buildings and how these affect our interaction with the spaces we inhabit and the artefacts and services we use. General services used to provide safety and facility in buildings will be considered such as mechanical movement, electrical and drainage systems. On-line multi choice test of hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%.
Construction Cost Management
In this module you will explore cost control and financial management strategies within the design and construction process and examine the process of setting, controlling and monitoring of cost/ financial objectives during the project life cycle, including the appraisal of building design in economic terms. You will be introduced to the construction cost management techniques for each stage of the design and construction process. The use of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) for construction cost management is also included in this module.
Procurement and Contract Administration
Advice on construction procurement and contract administration is a major responsibility that comes under the job profile of Quantity Surveyors. At the same time, procurement system and contractual arrangements often have major influences over the strategies used to design and manage a given construction project. As such, it is important that the future Quantity Surveyors, Building Surveyors and Construction Project Managers have a deep insight of various construction procurement systems and contractual arrangements. Accordingly, this module introduces the principle types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK construction market and internationally. In addition, it explores the fundamental procedures related to construction contract administration.
Project Planning and Control
This module is aimed at preparing you to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. You will learn and apply a range of skills in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control. Both traditional project management and planning techniques and new, lean construction based approaches will be discussed.
The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and enable you to perform the Building Surveying related tasks in the context of a team based project. It offers you the experience of team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. The project will allow you to practice and further develop both Building Surveying specific and generic key skills required by a built environment professional and encourage self-reflection and enable you to further develop a personal development plan that aligns your learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of professional institutions.
School of Art and Design Placement
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
In this module you will consolidate the prior learning in technical, professional and managerial subjects to attain a level of preparedness for professional practice and career development. In part, this is a response to the requirements of built environment professional institutions where the future practitioners are expected to have a fuller understanding and awareness of business and commercial matters and the enterprise characteristics of their chosen profession.
Lean Integrated Project Management
This module covers Lean Construction theory and practice. Lean is presented as an innovative waste and value based approach to managing construction projects. You will explore the issues of managing flow and value generation through construction projects. The concept of waste, aligned with strategies for reduction of waste across the different project stages, is also discussed. The module will further examine different lean methods and tools, which can be applied across the lifecycle of building projects, including the Last Planner System of Production Control and visual management, among others.
Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
This module aims to explore the nature and causes of disputes between contracting parties in the construction industry and the various mechanisms for dispute resolution. In doing so, this module will help develop your knowledge on contract law and civil procedures. It also introduces alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and relevant laws within the context of construction disputes.
Sustainable Design and Construction
Carbon emissions, sustainability and energy efficiency are current key concerns worldwide. Construction industry and the built environment are among the biggest contributors to Carbon emissions and consumes significant amounts of energy on a daily basis; hence considering environmental impact and driving the sustainability agenda hit high within the construction industry agenda. Within this context, one of contemporary roles of the Architectural Technologist and Building Surveyor is to promote sustainability in new construction designs and improve the existing building stock where possible and appropriate. Accordingly, this module will aim to further develop your ability to comprehensively recognise the principles of sustainability in construction and their application in design and construction. With that, you will be able to reinforce and appreciate your understanding of the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.
Major Project Dissertation
This module provides you with an opportunity to lead investigation into an area of the Built Environment that is of enough interest to you to support a piece of work of this magnitude. You must choose and define the topic, research relevant information (either primary or secondary), set that information in the context of an appropriate intellectual framework, draw relevant conclusions, and write up and submit the dissertation in the approved format. A support lecture programme and an individual dissertation supervisor will be provided.
You will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials and your assessment will include coursework, presentations and exams.
23.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University.
BBBat A Level or equivalent
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for three years running*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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