Construction Management FdSc

Part-time undergraduate (3 years)

Chelmsford

September

Teaching times

Semester 1: Monday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Semester 2: Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm

Overview

Further your career in construction. Get an insight into building design, production, management and technologies with our CIOB-accredited degree. The course will give you the grounding to progress onto our BSc (Hons) Construction Management.

Full description

Careers

Our course is designed to prepare you for work in construction or construction project management.

You could follow several routes, such as working in a contracting organisation, the estates department of a larger company, or for a specialist consultancy organisation. After gaining some experience and achieving professional qualifications, you may be able to work as a self-employed consultant or start your own specialist consultancy practices, in the UK or overseas.

This course also offers a progression route to our specialist honours degree, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • 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
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture to introduce them to some of the basic analytical concepts and processes involved in the design of structures. Students will develop analytical skills which will allow them to carry out basic structural calculations. Students will also be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. This will allow them to effectively interpret technical drawing and give them the skills which can be applied to their specialist discipline area in later modules. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. BIM will be introduced to the student and students will gain an appreciation of technology and the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process. The assessment for this modules will take the form of a portfolio which will include CAD drawings and basic structural analysis such as bending moments, shear forces and reactions. It is important that sketches are used in the portfolio as a means of communicating the concepts.
  • 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 will focus on the role of the professions in the built environment sector and opportunities for employment and career progression. You will 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 will discuss multicultural perspectives and issues within built environment and the complications of the present day structure of the building and development industry.
  • Elementary Survey Skills
    Develop the necessary site related survey skills for students entering the construction industry. You will gain a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments used to set-up and control the most common elements of construction. You will also learn the basic off-site calculations necessary to prepare the site, quality and/or survey documentation to meet specified tolerances and employer requirements. The skills you will gain here are expected from the most junior of site engineers and managers, so will be valuable for your future career.
  • Building Technology
    Here you will learn about the common materials as well as the various methods of construction for both new and traditional housing. You will consider each of the main elements of a building's structure and study the requirements of the internal environment, so as to understand how service installations contribute to user comfort. You will also look at other basic aspects such as the personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology that you will come across through your study and in the workforce.

Year two, core modules

  • Construction Resource Management
    In this module you will 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 will develop a number of key management skills which enable efficient project and organisational situations to be changed. We will 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 will 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 will also be given the opportunity to evaluate the significance of how the human resource is procured, retained and motivated.
  • Introduction to Civil Law and Legislation
    This module introduces you to the structure and processes of the English legal system, the sources of the law, and to basic legal concepts and skills you'll need to address more detailed legal issues later on. It's an essential foundation to the development of the legal skills necessary to give sound advice to clients in your professional career. You will focus in particular on the English Civil Law, as this is the branch of the law most relevant to you both in following modules and in professional careers after completing your course. Certain Criminal Law topics will be included where necessary, to understand or draw a distinction between processes in the two branches of the law. 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.
  • Construction Economics
    You will 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 you choose to go into at the end of your studies. The learning experience combines formal lectures with workshops and tutorial discussion to provide a foundation of understanding.
  • 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 will explore the roles of all parties involved, from both moral and legal viewpoints, as well as past and current attitudes. You will consider the safety record within the construction industry and identify health and safety legislation aimed at reducing accident rates. You will also focus on the process of hazard identification and risk assessment and learn to produce method statements following on from risk assessments. Finally, you will identify safe systems of work and relate theory to practice.

Year three, core modules

  • Advanced Construction Technology
    You will develop a broad understanding of the way we build our commercial and industrial buildings. Leading on from the study of domestic construction, you will 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 will 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 will 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.
  • 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 will investigate production planning techniques such as programming of the works using bar charts, method statements and resource scheduling. You will 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 will be given the opportunity to react to simulated events during the project life cycle such as delays and disruptions to the works.
  • Procurement and Costing
    This module intends to introduce an understanding and appreciation of the commercial aspects of construction work for construction managers. The importance of the selection and application of various procurement routes will be considered, alongside the factors required to be considered at tender adjudication. The way costs are subsequently managed on an ongoing basis throughout the construction phase of the project will be explored, with emphasis on the role of the construction project manager within this process. Practical skills in interpreting drawn and written information will be developed, enabling the quantification and measurement of a range of construction and civil engineering activities. Students will develop the analytical processes necessary for accurately assessing the cost of such works in accordance with the relevant standard forms of measurement (with a focus on the RICS New Rules of Measurement), throughout the project life-cycle, enabling the computation of accurate costs (both direct and indirect), including relevant commercial factors and risk etc.
  • Individual Research Project
    This module will develop your comprehension of the totality and implications of the development and design process, and to train you to make an informed judgement on these issues. You’ll be required to carry out a holistic appraisal of a project, exploring the complex inter-relationships related to the client, site, planning, design, construction processes, post construction processes, health and safety, environment, financial and legal issues. Typical projects may require you to demonstrate knowledge and skill in structural design, transportation studies, hydraulics and drainage, construction/project management skills. Part of the module will involve studio teaching which includes formal group lectures, group seminars and individual tutorials. Site visits are also arranged where appropriate to support your knowledge and understanding of practical issues. Your supervision will be provided by a team of academic and Industrial supervisors who will assess your written reports and oral presentations.

Assessment

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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, technology and engineering 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 starting 2020/21 (per year)*

£4,688

*Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

Scholarships

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International students

You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Additional costs

  • General stationary and calculator – £100
  • Construction Residential Week – optional trip. 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.

Entry requirements

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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.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Please note that this course is not suitable for international students who require a Tier 4 visa as it is taught part-time. We welcome applications for other available courses.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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