PE7010 - Facilities Management

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how to identify and appraise the key management stages in the maintenance and operation of property; compare and appraise techniques; categorise and analyse strategic, tactical and operational dimensions of facilities and asset management. You will explore the options for managing the non-core business of an organisation in support of business aims. You will be taught management theory as applied to the broad scope of the facilities and asset manager in practice. Promotion of ethically correct and environmentally sound management of people, premises, resources, services and the working environment. There will be opportunities for you to have hands on experience of some of the software packages that are being used within industry to give you practical experience.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered entirely online via our electronic learning portal (elp). You will interact with a range of materials on the module site. The module home page provides you with quick access to detailed information about the module in an interactive, easily accessible format. The teaching materials support your learning. Each session delivers flexible, interactive learning materials, accessible in a variety of formats such as audio and video presentations, podcasts, and hard copies. Tasks to extend and test your learning are interspersed within the learning materials. A range of different tasks, with formative feedback, are aimed at supporting your learning style. In addition to this you will be encouraged to utilise peer to peer support opportunities through the use of elp supported platforms for interaction or, if you choose to, external student supported platforms. Each session is supported by directed reading accessed through the electronic reading list.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be an autonomous, self-motivated learner within a supportive distance learning environment. You will be introduced to the module by the module tutor in an introductory video. The online module sessions and interactive tasks form the cornerstone for supporting you during your study. Academic support is available from the teaching team and each session includes a link to enable you to email a question directly to the tutor from within the session. In advance of each assessment a video presentation is uploaded to support you in your preparation for this session. This is followed by an online live question and answer session prior to submission of your assessed work. Focused academic support coupled with timely formative and summative feedback should enable you to meet your full academic potential within this module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1 Critically appraise the key strategic and operational frameworks in the management, maintenance and operation of built and infrastructure assets.
• MLO2: Critically analyse and appraise procurement options for facilities.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• MLO3: Critically analyse information, identify solutions, demonstrate judgement and communicate findings.
• MLO4: Apply complex technical and professional practices

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: Demonstrate the capacity for independent, evidence based thinking and decision making

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: there are a range of tasks embedded within the online sessions. Formative feedback will be provided, where appropriate, in a number of ways including directly upon completion, through interaction on the discussion board and video conference sessions. This timely feedback will assist in consolidating your learning as you move through the module.


The module will be summative assessed with the completion of two written reports. These assessments reflect both the practical and theoretical aspects of the module. The reports will focus on particular areas of learning outcomes that require demonstration of the application of learning materials to practical tasks.

Feedback will be provided on the summative assessments via a standard feedback pro-forma and also via the eLP/gradebook.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module aims to develop your knowledge in order to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of built assets and how these support respective organisations and businesses core functions. It introduces you to strategic decision-making by exploring the concepts and theories around the management of organisations’ non-core business activities.

Through teaching and independent research you will be able to identify, analyse and apply key theories in the sustainable operation and maintenance of property, these include outsourcing, procurement, tendering, corporate social responsibility, strategic asset & business continuity planning. You will develop an in depth comprehension of strategic portfolio management and maintenance management policies. At the conclusion of the module you will have the skills and knowledge to critically examine alternative contractual arrangements, examine information needs and legislative constraints, which relate to Facilities and Asset Management.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Distance Learning

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start October 2019, January 2020, April 2020 or July 2020

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