Construction Management BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (5-6 years)

Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2017

Part-time teaching times: Semester 1: Thursday 9am-7pm; Semester 2: Friday 9am-7pm

Class allocations will depend on the number of students enrolling; precise times (within the stated ranges) will be confirmed on individual timetables once registered.

Overview

Join us on our fully accredited Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) course. You’ll get constant hands-on experience, including running a simulated building company, creating a proposal for a real site development, and producing a project management presentation for clients.

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Careers

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Construction managers are also known as site managers or site agents and usually supervise and direct construction projects. Their role is to ensure that projects are completed safely, on time and within budget.

The construction industry is very varied. You could take your skills into a wide range of careers, including construction management, project management, commercial management or site-based quantity surveying.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Construction Management.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • The Built Environment Work Sector
    Investigate the environments in which the work sector operates, its performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations. You’ll focus on the role of the professions in the built environment sector and opportunities for employment and career progression. You’ll then examine people in the environment and their attempts to control the development of society politically, socially and economically through land use in both organic and planned terms from earliest civilisation to the present day. You’ll discuss multicultural perspectives and issues within built environment and the complications of the present day structure of the building and development industry.
  • Introduction to Civil Law and Legislation
    This module introduces surveying and real estate students to the structure and processes of the English legal system, to the sources of the law, and to those basic legal concepts and skills which you'll need to address more detailed legal issues in later modules. It's the essential foundation to the development of the legal skills necessary in the provision of sound advice to clients in your professional career. The module will focus in particular on the English Civil Law, as this is the branch of the law most relevant to you both in subsequent law modules and in professional careers after completing the surveying degree course. However, certain Criminal Law topics will be included where these are necessary to understand or draw a distinction between processes in the two branches of the law. The essential purpose of this module is to benefit you if you have not had the opportunity to study law previously. It will provide guidance to you on information, materials and sources to equip you with a basic understanding of the nature and structure of the English legal system, Parliament and law making, the court structure and precedent, legislation and case law, and legal terms and language. You'll be guided to legal sources and materials, and will be taught how to research law appropriate to your studies, using both published references and internet resources. A key aim of the module is to develop your research skills, specifically in the field of legal issues affecting your work, together with your ability to analyse research material, and to marshal material and facts into cogent advice and reports. Whilst this introductory module will focus on the English law, it will provide an insight into the growing importance of the European context affecting English law.
  • Construction Economics
    You'll also gain an understanding of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles and how they impact on firms in the built environment. This allows you to develop an appreciation of the importance of the economy on the industry in which your career will be located. The learning experience combines formal lectures with workshops and tutorial discussion to provide a foundation of understanding. You'll also be expected to read not only text material but also web based source material to gain an appreciation of current issues and debates. You should be able to demonstrate in your assessment that you have undertaken your own research following guidance from the module leader.
  • Site Management and Safety
    Examine health and safety issues within the construction industry and their integration throughout the processes of design, tender award and construction. You’ll explore the roles of all parties involved, from both moral and legal viewpoints, as well as past and current attitudes. You’ll consider the safety record within the construction industry and identify health and safety legislation aimed at reducing accident rates. You’ll also focus on the process of hazard identification and risk assessment and learn to produce method statements following on from risk assessments. Finally, you’ll identify safe systems of work and relate theory to practice.
  • IT and Communications
    Students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.
  • Elements of Construction Design
    You’ll develop analytical skills to enable you to carry out basic structural calculations, and be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. These skills will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawings and apply this to other modules on your course. To keep you up to date with the latest developments in the industry, BIM will be introduced to you and you’ll also gain an appreciation of technology and the role of the designer in the construction process.
  • Elementary Surveying Skills
    This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for students entering the construction industry. Students will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.
  • Building Technology
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture with little and/or no prior knowledge of building construction, services and material properties. Students will learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing, by considering in turn each of the main elements of the buildings' structure. They will also study the requirements of the internal environment, so as to understand how services installations contribute to user comfort. Other basic aspects such as the personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology will be illustrated as appropriate to support this.

Level 5 modules

  • Construction Resource Management
    In this module you'll learn the theories, skills and competencies needed to identify and manage the resources to operate a construction organisation and in particular the development process. You'll develop a number of key management skills which enable efficient project and organisational situations to be changed. We'll investigate how the macro-economic environment affects the way managers design micro-economic systems and from this manage resources, and use systems theory to help you understand how organisations function. You'll examine supply chain management in detail, with case studies from other industries used as a focus for improving approaches adopted in construction. The way in which financial resources are measured, administered and reconciled in a systematic fashion is studied. You'll also be given the opportunity to evaluate the significance of how the human resource is procured, retained and motivated.
  • Project Administration
    Learn how to manage and administer a building contract from a legal and economic standpoint. You’ll learn how contracts are constructed, interpret their contents and manage the more routine legal and financial aspects through the completion of a contract and its final account. Learn through problem solving and case study activity that simulates a live project and the likely circumstances that arise. We ensure what you learn has direct application to practice and will give you valuable employability skills.
  • Measurement
    This module introduces an understanding and appreciation of quantification and measurement through the various stages of the development process of a building project. You'll develop skills in interpreting drawn and written information and of presenting that material in appropriate quantified descriptive form to facilitate the analytical processes necessary for accurately assessing the cost of construction works. You'll cover the knowledge, skills and competences necessary to quantify a range of construction and civil engineering work in accordance with the relevant standard forms of measurement from project initiation through to design completion. You'll be expected to interpret and apply the principles and rules contained within the appropriate measurement rules and demonstrate an understanding of the need to quantify work at the various stages of design development.
  • Advanced Construction Technology
    You’ll develop a broad understanding of the way we build our commercial and industrial buildings. Leading on from the study of domestic construction, you’ll consider the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, you will examine the affects on the construction process of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health and safety. You’ll receive a great deal of guidance to help develop your skills.
  • Environmental Building Performance
    The main approach for this module is a scientific one, focusing on the analysis of a problem or set of problems, followed by the synthesis of a solution. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building’s thermal, visual and aural performance. You’ll explore a number of scientific methods, with a limited amount of practical experiment-based work; technical solutions for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building; and the passive design features of a building.
  • Analysis and Control of Production Costs
    In this module you’ll develop an understanding and appreciation of the production of costs associated with a range of construction operations and projects. You’ll study the principles and methodology in the computation of construction costs throughout a project’s lifecycle, including relevant commercial factors and risk. This will involve identifying and assessing all direct and indirect costs related to construction works as well as understanding of the factors required to be considered at tender adjudication. You’ll also gain an understanding of the measurement and pricing of maintenance and repair work involved in the running and upkeep of buildings using relevant measurement rules and recognised good practice.

Level 5 optional modules

  • Construction Planning and Programming
    Examine the process of production planning for construction works, analyse the use of production planning techniques and how they may aid the construction process. We'll investigate production planning techniques such as programming of the works using bar charts, method statements and resource scheduling. You'll also prepare cash flow forecasts based on your production programmes and the effect that such forecasts may have on the project. This module is project based and of a practical nature, giving you the practical experience of using the above project planning techniques in a 'live situation'. You'll be given the opportunity to react to simulated events during the project life cycle such as delays and disruptions to the works.
  • Site and Engineering Surveying
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You’ll gain experience in the theory and practice of traditional traversing and curve ranging techniques alongside contemporary practices. You’ll also gain hands on experience in advanced contemporary surveying equipment, such as theodolites and total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You’ll also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid. Finally, you’ll learn how to acquire data and sorted and processed it both manually and electronically to convert it into a format suitable for CAD output. You’ll produce and annotate your final survey drawings using AutoCAD 2006 and present them in a style appropriate to industry.

Level 6 modules

  • Project Evaluation and Development
    Examine all issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial appraisal, design technology, legal, health and safety and the environment within a theoretical and practical framework. You’ll develop your ability to comprehend the totality and implications of the development process and to make reasoned value judgements as to its potential feasibility. You’ll examine local planning policies for the site, coupled with a financial analysis of the proposed scheme using traditional and modern forms of valuation techniques. You’ll also focus on project appraisal, pre-contraction processes, construction and post-construction processes, marketing, disposal and evaluation.
  • Practice-Based Learning
    You’ll analyse and evaluate your workplace, focusing on organisational structures, culture, roles and responsibilities. You’ll cover human relationships in the workplace, team relationships and problem evaluations and suggests possible reasons for situations arising. You’ll use the academic skills you gain here to enhance your learning, which will take place during work with your employer. You’ll also examine the links between academic theory and practical reality and carry out an individual SWOT analysis, which focuses on your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, as well as a 'future self-development plan'.
  • Project Management
    Develop your knowledge of basic management theories, and demonstrate your relevance and application in the planning, organisation and control of construction projects. You’ll research appropriate theories, skills and competencies related to the life cycle of a project from the client's conceptual vision, through the project identification and definition stages, applying appropriate project implementation, execution and control processes to effect successful closure of a project. You’ll also research and develop operational techniques used in the planning, scheduling and control of projects. You’ll consider the holistic integrated nature of the project management role on a construction project develop the specialist techniques which question the usual functional and organisational boundaries. This will help you appreciate the strategic relevance of project management, and the unique features of project management which distinguish it from other forms of management.
  • Construction Technology and Innovation
    This module focuses on current construction issues and trends of a technological nature, including the critical review of methods of special construction. We'll assess your learning through a formal presentation, during which you're encouraged to use a variety of illustrative methods to support your work. This is backed up by written proposals containing elements of both group and individual work.
  • The Strategic Construction Entrepreneur
    This module will develop your entrepreneurial skills within the context of the contemporary construction industry. You will develop their knowledge and understanding of current industry contexts (e.g. relating to local and global markets, and wider political and economic climates), industry initiatives (e.g. Lean, BIM, digital construction, AI, collaborative cultures, ethics), and industry practices (e.g. H&S strategy, zero harm, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, supply chain integration).
  • Running a Construction Business
    This module enables you to acquire the knowledge and competencies to run a contracting organisation in a highly volatile economic environment. You will use a computer simulation package, which allows you to run a construction business using real world data. You will work in teams when running the simulation, and will analyse organisational data, with each student required to produce an individual report. By the end of this module you will understand how to make changes and decisions in a business strategy to meet tactical organisational objectives.
  • Major Project (Construction Management)
    You will undertake a substantial original study to investigate a subject, issue, or problem and produce a usable outcome. Your project will be undertaken under the supervision of an academic member of staff, supported by taught classroom sessions at the beginning of the module. These taught sessions enable students to develop research and study skills such as reviewing and analysing literature, developing a research question, collecting, presenting and analysing data, and managing the research process.

Assessment

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, you’ll be assessed on your project work, case studies, reports, workplace assessments, presentations and role-plays.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£4,500

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£4,625

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs 

Safety footwear (steel toe and midsole) - £40
General stationary and calculator - £100
Poster printing - £20

Additional costs for Constructionarium
You will be asked to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost of food and accommodation. You will also be asked to provide your own safety shoes or boots and warm outdoor clothing. Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

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Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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