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BSc (Hons) Construction Management explores how different parts of the construction process fit together, and how you can manage that process to deliver the best results for society and the environment

There is a growing need for managers who have expertise across construction, engineering and management. Currently there is a shortage of such managers and so this course will give you excellent career prospects. You will study a number of business and management modules to give you the skills you need to manage a range of construction projects. These include Commercial Management, Law and Procurement, and Management of People.

A particular strength of the course is the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement with a construction/engineering company. The course’s relevance and rigour is reflected by its accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building.

Northumbria University is ranked 7th in the UK for Construction, Surveying & Planning studies (Guardian University League Table 2023).

Northumbria University Newcastle holds Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Accredited Centre Status.

This Programme has been designed to meet the CIOB Education Framework.

Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and once they have gained three to five years’ relevant work experience may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards Chartered Membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.

Course Information

UCAS Code
K255

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2023

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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2023/24 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC


Scholarships for 23/24 are currently being announced.  Please see the main Funding Pages for more information




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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4031 -

The Construction Industry and its Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the UK and global construction industry. You will appreciate the project-based and uniquely structured construction industry, and the professional roles that operate in it. You will develop an understanding of how the construction industry is structured, how it operates, and its economic significance. The module will also provide knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of the key project team members, how they relate to each other and how they influence the construction project outcomes. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of core construction project deliverables and constraints, including how these are managed on a project, how they are linked together, and how they are connected to the client. The module will also develop your awareness of the academic theory and the industry best practices fundamental to the successful management of a construction project. Overall, the module will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner to support your future personal and professional development.

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KA4032 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the fundamental principles of the construction of new buildings set within the context of a typical domestic property, from the perspective of a construction manager. As you explore the construction of new buildings, you will discover how each stage contributes to providing a comfortable and safe building, considerate of the environment and while being cost-effective.

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KA4033 -

Built Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the fundamental principles of the management of buildings from design and build to operation and maintenance/refurbishment, and ultimately through to demolition or deconstruction with a circular economy. As you explore the principles of Built Asset Management you will discover the importance of balancing operational, financial, and engineering issues to ensure the provision of the most cost effective, functional, and sustainable building solutions. Furthermore, the importance of building information management using digital technologies to ensure the safe and efficient management of assets is explored.

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KA4034 -

Academic & Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn and develop the key intellectual, professional, and numerical skills, as well as personal attributes required for effective study and future graduate employment. Teaching, learning, and assessment activities are tailored towards your degree programme, linking to substantive core modules; thus, providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module aims to consolidate the process of induction onto your degree programme; thus, supporting your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your learning and through the development of reflective practice, develop ways of monitoring your academic performance and progress

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KA4035 -

Sustainable Future and Construction (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the Sustainable Development Philosophy, its principles and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These general sustainability concepts and developments are then addressed within the specific context of the construction sector and the built environment covering both old/existing and new/planned/prospective buildings and infrastructures.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KB4023 -

Land Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

Surveying refers to the determination, representation, and analysis of the positions of key features in both the natural and built environment. It is a fundamental skill, based on accuracy and precision, that underpins all engineering and construction projects. You will learn this through our introduction to the principles of surveying. In lectures, we will explain the theory and concepts of surveying, and help you to develop practical and mathematical surveying skills. We will help you to understand how engineering surveying can contribute to the successful design and completion of engineering projects through discussion in class. Your surveying skills will be developed through practical work. You will start by using automatic levels, learning about booking procedures, error check, and calculations. You will then progress by using total stations, collecting angular surveys for key engineering applications and checking, assessing, and correcting your work to optimise the survey quality. Finally, we will introduce you to a range of cutting edge, high precision surveying instrumentation such as terrestrial laser scanners, and differential GPS. We will take you from data collection, through processing and analysis to interpretation of results.

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KA5003 -

Advanced Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the principles and practical application of building technology used for design and construction of complex and multi-storey buildings. This will include advanced construction techniques and materials that emphasise the repetitive nature of large-scale construction projects, associated aesthetics and building user-related considerations.

You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team to produce technical reports for real building projects. On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, with appraisal and evaluation will serve to enhance your future employability.

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KA5032 -

Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)

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)

Key Texts
Kirkham, RJ; Ferry, DJ. Brandon, PS.(2007) Ferry and Brandon's cost planning of buildings (8th Edition) Published Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA :
Blackwell
Ramus, JW., Birchall, S. & Griffiths, P. (2006) Contract Practice for Surveyors. (4th Edition) London: Butterworth Heinemann
Supporting Texts
Ashworth, A., Hogg, K. & Willis, CJ. (2007), Willis’s Practice & Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor (12th Edition). Oxford – Blackwell Publishing
Ashworth, A. (2010) Cost studies of buildings (5th Edition) Published Harlow: Pearson.
BCIS Online (available in Faculty IT labs and Desktop Anywhere)
Cartlidge, DP. (2011) New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice (3rd Edition) Oxford – Spon Press
Eggleston, B. (2006) NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (2nd Edition) Blackwell.
Greenhalgh, B. & Squires, G. (2011) Introduction to Building Procurement Oxford – Spon Press
Hackett, M., Robinson, I. & Statham, G. (2007) The Aqua Group guide to procurement, tendering & contract administration, Published Oxford ;
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub./Davis Langdon
JCT (2012) Contracts Discovery – Sweet and Maxwell
Lee, S., Willis, A. & Trench, W. (2005) Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying (10th Edition) Published Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub 2005
RICS (2012) NRM 1 – RICS New Rules of Measurement - Order of Cost Estimating and Cost Planning for Capital Building Works. (2nd. Edition)
Published by RICS.
www.RICS.org

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5054 -

Construction Project Management with BIM 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Themes can include: the planning for, and management of, construction project-level organisations and resources; the use of construction production information, the management of design during the construction process, the role that Digital Construction solutions including Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process; construction project planning processes; and the production of construction solutions for specific project challenges.

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KA5055 -

Building Environmental Science and Services (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the important role of the mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems installed into buildings which typically account for between 30 to 40% of a project cost and which can be challenging to schedule and manage on site. A range of techniques will be used to help you build a solid awareness of the most common M&E systems and their installation options within buildings. You will also learn how the building form and façade design have a significant impact upon the need for M&E systems and the buildings future energy use and carbon emissions. To further strengthen your understanding in this area we will explore the difference between a regular building, designed to comply with the requirements of our UK Building Regulations, and a low carbon building, built to the Passivhaus Standard, both in terms of the implications on building fabric and M&E systems design. In addition to legislative approaches, financial incentives and sustainability schemes are potential drivers of change and will be discussed in relation to how they influence construction industry projects.

You will also learn about the sequence of M&E system installation and how this fits within the overall project plan. Special focus will be placed on systems that have a greater than normal impact upon the delivery of other tasks on site so that you are aware of some of the considerations that need to be held in mind. We will also spend time learning to read a range of types of common M&E drawing so that you able to interpret them and ask intelligent questions when necessary. Overall, the aim of this module is to help you understand that M&E systems are not a black box that can never be understood and to equip you with the knowledge and vocabulary to be able to hold meaningful discussions with all members of the design and construction teams, including the Building Services Engineer.

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KA5056 -

Commercial Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how the construction industry functions as a business and how finances are managed by construction organisations. You will learn the processes construction organisations engage in throughout the project lifecycle which have implications for commercial outcomes for individual projects, firms, and the industry at large. These processes will include procurement and contractual strategies, estimating and tendering practices, procurement of subcontractors and suppliers, payment for works and services, and cost management.

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KA5057 -

Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key requirements and management practices relating to health, safety and wellbeing within the context of the construction industry. These include the likes of assessing risk, and ensuring safe systems of work are operationalised.This is a vital topic for the construction profession and is essential for future graduate employment.

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KA5058 -

Employability Skills (Core,0 Credits)

You will learn interpersonal and work ready skills that will prepare you for placements and future employment within the construction industry.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

The programme comprises of six modules consisting of 20-credits each. They are delivered by means of lectures, seminars, and where appropriate business clinic workshop.
Each of the modules is presented and delivered according to a Teaching and Learning Plan and is supported through its suite of module-based e-learning portals. The e-learning portals will encompass various standard interventions in line with Faculty and University expectations. These include Panopto recordings of lectures, electronic reading lists and Electronic Marking and Assessment (EMA) submission.

Research provides an essential pillar to the teaching of the programme, with a research-led approach being adopted within various modules with directed reading towards various research outputs. As this is a programme delivered at Level 5, research papers and professional industry-produced reports play a part in the delivery of the module sessions, and as such, research tutored interventions play a part. The group-based assessments will provide instruction on how to undertake research in a team-setting and therefore demonstrates research-oriented approaches, whilst the individual research activity gives you experience of enquiry-based approaches to research and engagement with a number of real-world issues for which you will provide research-informed solutions.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1 - Newcastle
HR9513 (20 credits) People, Management & Organisation
SM9513 (20 credits) Introduction to Entrepreneurship
AF5022 (20 credits) Financial Decision Making

Semester 2 – Amsterdam
AT5011 (20 credits) International Business Consultancy Project
AT5012 (20 credits) Global Business Environment
AT5000 (20 credits) Digital Business

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the International Business Consultancy Project will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will have these recorded on their transcript and HEAR record.

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AT5007 -

Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

What will I learn on this module?

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation which is made up of 4 modules that the students will study in Amsterdam (semester 1) and Newcastle (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ creative thinking and practical problem-solving skills in the context of design thinking approaches, all of which will significantly development academic and research skills and so strengthen employability on graduation. This year of study enhances your employability by unlocking and developing your creative problem-solving skills, knowledge, and expertise to make you more employment and industry-ready when you graduate through in multidisciplinary teams throughout your year of study in Amsterdam and Newcastle to creatively tackle and solve real-world challenges.
Semester 1 in Amsterdam comprises of two 20-credit modules aimed at students new to design thinking which also equips them for a semester in Newcastle, working in creative teams on a series of real-world projects that enhance creative thinking skills and attributes and multidisciplinary working practices. The modules studied in Semester 1, Innovative Design Practices and Tools and Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation provide students with analytical design-inspired tools that enable students to examine real-world case studies that require multidisciplinary professional team-based responses and solution formation and implementation. In Semester 2, students will move to Newcastle to study two modules at Northumbria University. The first module, Design-Inspired Research Methods enables students to critically investigate key social, cultural, and technological challenges that modern urban spaces, cities, and professions. The final module, Creative Cities, enables students to engage in the creative comparative research of problems, challenges and potential innovative developments between Amsterdam and Newcastle (in terms of mobility, sustainable practices, energy provision, smart and digital technologies, urban design, or the role of cultural and humanities-oriented institutions).

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
AT5005 Innovative Design Practices and Tools (20 credits)
AT5006 Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation (40 credits)

Semester 2
DE5012 Design-Inspired Research Methods (20 credits)
DE5013 Creative Cities (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in a creative environment in the Amsterdam campus dedicated to full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place in sessions and workshops that bring together AUAS and Northumbria students and staff. The focus of the teaching and learning is on creative interdisciplinary team activities that develop creative thinking and address real-world issues and problems. In semester 2, students engage in comparative city-based research to identify differing challenges facing Amsterdam and Newcastle. Students will approach a range of real-world issues from the perspective of their academic discipline and work with students from other perspectives to see how differing knowledges and skillsets can combine to address challenges in innovative and creative ways. These can include cultural institutions, design, technology, IT, and engineering, architecture, history, and the social sciences. Therefore, the programme is relevant for students from a range academic disciplines who will work together to stress how differing disciplines combine to provide solutions to challenges. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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KA5044 -

Work placement year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KA5045 -

Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA6050 -

Management of People (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn through understanding the key requirements and practices related to the management of people within the context of the construction industry.

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KA6051 -

Construction Project Management and BIM 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary during the delivery stages of construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the impact that effective project management can have during the actual construction of a project. Topics that will be covered include construction engineering project management theory, project control methods, appreciation of the impact that delays and disruption have upon project success and awareness of available project recovery strategies.

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KA6052 -

Data Centric Construction and Digitalisation (Core,20 Credits)

Information and data have become critical and perpetual assets on construction projects. The increasing adoption of digital technologies in construction projects are also changing the way assets are designed, constructed and operated. This trend is changing the way existing processes/decisions are performed and is also enabling new decisions and capabilities that were not previously available to construction managers before now. In this module, you will be introduced to the latest trends in data-centric construction and digitalisation. You will understand how these support construction management decisions in projects and how they affect your role as a construction manager. You will appreciate the performance gains they bring, and you will understand their adoption with organisations and projects.

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KA6053 -

Sustainable Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the technologies used to construct sustainable and contemporary buildings. You will consider the criteria that dictate the appropriateness of building form and constructability within the constraints imposed by the context of user requirements, how the building functions, and the legislative requirements under which the building is constructed.

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KA6054 -

Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a construction management topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:
• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4031 -

The Construction Industry and its Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the UK and global construction industry. You will appreciate the project-based and uniquely structured construction industry, and the professional roles that operate in it. You will develop an understanding of how the construction industry is structured, how it operates, and its economic significance. The module will also provide knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of the key project team members, how they relate to each other and how they influence the construction project outcomes. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of core construction project deliverables and constraints, including how these are managed on a project, how they are linked together, and how they are connected to the client. The module will also develop your awareness of the academic theory and the industry best practices fundamental to the successful management of a construction project. Overall, the module will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner to support your future personal and professional development.

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KA4032 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the fundamental principles of the construction of new buildings set within the context of a typical domestic property, from the perspective of a construction manager. As you explore the construction of new buildings, you will discover how each stage contributes to providing a comfortable and safe building, considerate of the environment and while being cost-effective.

More information

KA4033 -

Built Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the fundamental principles of the management of buildings from design and build to operation and maintenance/refurbishment, and ultimately through to demolition or deconstruction with a circular economy. As you explore the principles of Built Asset Management you will discover the importance of balancing operational, financial, and engineering issues to ensure the provision of the most cost effective, functional, and sustainable building solutions. Furthermore, the importance of building information management using digital technologies to ensure the safe and efficient management of assets is explored.

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KA4034 -

Academic & Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn and develop the key intellectual, professional, and numerical skills, as well as personal attributes required for effective study and future graduate employment. Teaching, learning, and assessment activities are tailored towards your degree programme, linking to substantive core modules; thus, providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module aims to consolidate the process of induction onto your degree programme; thus, supporting your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your learning and through the development of reflective practice, develop ways of monitoring your academic performance and progress

More information

KA4035 -

Sustainable Future and Construction (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the Sustainable Development Philosophy, its principles and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These general sustainability concepts and developments are then addressed within the specific context of the construction sector and the built environment covering both old/existing and new/planned/prospective buildings and infrastructures.

More information

KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KB4023 -

Land Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

Surveying refers to the determination, representation, and analysis of the positions of key features in both the natural and built environment. It is a fundamental skill, based on accuracy and precision, that underpins all engineering and construction projects. You will learn this through our introduction to the principles of surveying. In lectures, we will explain the theory and concepts of surveying, and help you to develop practical and mathematical surveying skills. We will help you to understand how engineering surveying can contribute to the successful design and completion of engineering projects through discussion in class. Your surveying skills will be developed through practical work. You will start by using automatic levels, learning about booking procedures, error check, and calculations. You will then progress by using total stations, collecting angular surveys for key engineering applications and checking, assessing, and correcting your work to optimise the survey quality. Finally, we will introduce you to a range of cutting edge, high precision surveying instrumentation such as terrestrial laser scanners, and differential GPS. We will take you from data collection, through processing and analysis to interpretation of results.

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KA5003 -

Advanced Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the principles and practical application of building technology used for design and construction of complex and multi-storey buildings. This will include advanced construction techniques and materials that emphasise the repetitive nature of large-scale construction projects, associated aesthetics and building user-related considerations.

You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team to produce technical reports for real building projects. On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, with appraisal and evaluation will serve to enhance your future employability.

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KA5032 -

Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)

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)

Key Texts
Kirkham, RJ; Ferry, DJ. Brandon, PS.(2007) Ferry and Brandon's cost planning of buildings (8th Edition) Published Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA :
Blackwell
Ramus, JW., Birchall, S. & Griffiths, P. (2006) Contract Practice for Surveyors. (4th Edition) London: Butterworth Heinemann
Supporting Texts
Ashworth, A., Hogg, K. & Willis, CJ. (2007), Willis’s Practice & Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor (12th Edition). Oxford – Blackwell Publishing
Ashworth, A. (2010) Cost studies of buildings (5th Edition) Published Harlow: Pearson.
BCIS Online (available in Faculty IT labs and Desktop Anywhere)
Cartlidge, DP. (2011) New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice (3rd Edition) Oxford – Spon Press
Eggleston, B. (2006) NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (2nd Edition) Blackwell.
Greenhalgh, B. & Squires, G. (2011) Introduction to Building Procurement Oxford – Spon Press
Hackett, M., Robinson, I. & Statham, G. (2007) The Aqua Group guide to procurement, tendering & contract administration, Published Oxford ;
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub./Davis Langdon
JCT (2012) Contracts Discovery – Sweet and Maxwell
Lee, S., Willis, A. & Trench, W. (2005) Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying (10th Edition) Published Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub 2005
RICS (2012) NRM 1 – RICS New Rules of Measurement - Order of Cost Estimating and Cost Planning for Capital Building Works. (2nd. Edition)
Published by RICS.
www.RICS.org

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5054 -

Construction Project Management with BIM 1 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Themes can include: the planning for, and management of, construction project-level organisations and resources; the use of construction production information, the management of design during the construction process, the role that Digital Construction solutions including Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process; construction project planning processes; and the production of construction solutions for specific project challenges.

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KA5055 -

Building Environmental Science and Services (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the important role of the mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems installed into buildings which typically account for between 30 to 40% of a project cost and which can be challenging to schedule and manage on site. A range of techniques will be used to help you build a solid awareness of the most common M&E systems and their installation options within buildings. You will also learn how the building form and façade design have a significant impact upon the need for M&E systems and the buildings future energy use and carbon emissions. To further strengthen your understanding in this area we will explore the difference between a regular building, designed to comply with the requirements of our UK Building Regulations, and a low carbon building, built to the Passivhaus Standard, both in terms of the implications on building fabric and M&E systems design. In addition to legislative approaches, financial incentives and sustainability schemes are potential drivers of change and will be discussed in relation to how they influence construction industry projects.

You will also learn about the sequence of M&E system installation and how this fits within the overall project plan. Special focus will be placed on systems that have a greater than normal impact upon the delivery of other tasks on site so that you are aware of some of the considerations that need to be held in mind. We will also spend time learning to read a range of types of common M&E drawing so that you able to interpret them and ask intelligent questions when necessary. Overall, the aim of this module is to help you understand that M&E systems are not a black box that can never be understood and to equip you with the knowledge and vocabulary to be able to hold meaningful discussions with all members of the design and construction teams, including the Building Services Engineer.

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KA5056 -

Commercial Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how the construction industry functions as a business and how finances are managed by construction organisations. You will learn the processes construction organisations engage in throughout the project lifecycle which have implications for commercial outcomes for individual projects, firms, and the industry at large. These processes will include procurement and contractual strategies, estimating and tendering practices, procurement of subcontractors and suppliers, payment for works and services, and cost management.

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KA5057 -

Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key requirements and management practices relating to health, safety and wellbeing within the context of the construction industry. These include the likes of assessing risk, and ensuring safe systems of work are operationalised.This is a vital topic for the construction profession and is essential for future graduate employment.

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KA5058 -

Employability Skills (Core,0 Credits)

You will learn interpersonal and work ready skills that will prepare you for placements and future employment within the construction industry.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

The programme comprises of six modules consisting of 20-credits each. They are delivered by means of lectures, seminars, and where appropriate business clinic workshop.
Each of the modules is presented and delivered according to a Teaching and Learning Plan and is supported through its suite of module-based e-learning portals. The e-learning portals will encompass various standard interventions in line with Faculty and University expectations. These include Panopto recordings of lectures, electronic reading lists and Electronic Marking and Assessment (EMA) submission.

Research provides an essential pillar to the teaching of the programme, with a research-led approach being adopted within various modules with directed reading towards various research outputs. As this is a programme delivered at Level 5, research papers and professional industry-produced reports play a part in the delivery of the module sessions, and as such, research tutored interventions play a part. The group-based assessments will provide instruction on how to undertake research in a team-setting and therefore demonstrates research-oriented approaches, whilst the individual research activity gives you experience of enquiry-based approaches to research and engagement with a number of real-world issues for which you will provide research-informed solutions.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1 - Newcastle
HR9513 (20 credits) People, Management & Organisation
SM9513 (20 credits) Introduction to Entrepreneurship
AF5022 (20 credits) Financial Decision Making

Semester 2 – Amsterdam
AT5011 (20 credits) International Business Consultancy Project
AT5012 (20 credits) Global Business Environment
AT5000 (20 credits) Digital Business

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the International Business Consultancy Project will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will have these recorded on their transcript and HEAR record.

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AT5007 -

Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

What will I learn on this module?

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation which is made up of 4 modules that the students will study in Amsterdam (semester 1) and Newcastle (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ creative thinking and practical problem-solving skills in the context of design thinking approaches, all of which will significantly development academic and research skills and so strengthen employability on graduation. This year of study enhances your employability by unlocking and developing your creative problem-solving skills, knowledge, and expertise to make you more employment and industry-ready when you graduate through in multidisciplinary teams throughout your year of study in Amsterdam and Newcastle to creatively tackle and solve real-world challenges.
Semester 1 in Amsterdam comprises of two 20-credit modules aimed at students new to design thinking which also equips them for a semester in Newcastle, working in creative teams on a series of real-world projects that enhance creative thinking skills and attributes and multidisciplinary working practices. The modules studied in Semester 1, Innovative Design Practices and Tools and Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation provide students with analytical design-inspired tools that enable students to examine real-world case studies that require multidisciplinary professional team-based responses and solution formation and implementation. In Semester 2, students will move to Newcastle to study two modules at Northumbria University. The first module, Design-Inspired Research Methods enables students to critically investigate key social, cultural, and technological challenges that modern urban spaces, cities, and professions. The final module, Creative Cities, enables students to engage in the creative comparative research of problems, challenges and potential innovative developments between Amsterdam and Newcastle (in terms of mobility, sustainable practices, energy provision, smart and digital technologies, urban design, or the role of cultural and humanities-oriented institutions).

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
AT5005 Innovative Design Practices and Tools (20 credits)
AT5006 Multidisciplinary Exploration and Value Creation (40 credits)

Semester 2
DE5012 Design-Inspired Research Methods (20 credits)
DE5013 Creative Cities (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in a creative environment in the Amsterdam campus dedicated to full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place in sessions and workshops that bring together AUAS and Northumbria students and staff. The focus of the teaching and learning is on creative interdisciplinary team activities that develop creative thinking and address real-world issues and problems. In semester 2, students engage in comparative city-based research to identify differing challenges facing Amsterdam and Newcastle. Students will approach a range of real-world issues from the perspective of their academic discipline and work with students from other perspectives to see how differing knowledges and skillsets can combine to address challenges in innovative and creative ways. These can include cultural institutions, design, technology, IT, and engineering, architecture, history, and the social sciences. Therefore, the programme is relevant for students from a range academic disciplines who will work together to stress how differing disciplines combine to provide solutions to challenges. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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KA5044 -

Work placement year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KA5045 -

Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA6050 -

Management of People (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn through understanding the key requirements and practices related to the management of people within the context of the construction industry.

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KA6051 -

Construction Project Management and BIM 2 (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary during the delivery stages of construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the impact that effective project management can have during the actual construction of a project. Topics that will be covered include construction engineering project management theory, project control methods, appreciation of the impact that delays and disruption have upon project success and awareness of available project recovery strategies.

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KA6052 -

Data Centric Construction and Digitalisation (Core,20 Credits)

Information and data have become critical and perpetual assets on construction projects. The increasing adoption of digital technologies in construction projects are also changing the way assets are designed, constructed and operated. This trend is changing the way existing processes/decisions are performed and is also enabling new decisions and capabilities that were not previously available to construction managers before now. In this module, you will be introduced to the latest trends in data-centric construction and digitalisation. You will understand how these support construction management decisions in projects and how they affect your role as a construction manager. You will appreciate the performance gains they bring, and you will understand their adoption with organisations and projects.

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KA6053 -

Sustainable Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the technologies used to construct sustainable and contemporary buildings. You will consider the criteria that dictate the appropriateness of building form and constructability within the constraints imposed by the context of user requirements, how the building functions, and the legislative requirements under which the building is constructed.

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KA6054 -

Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a construction management topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:
• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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