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Construction Project Management

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time: K200, Part-time: K200P

Start Date(s): January; September

Duration:

Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Five years part-time

Two years Accelerated full-time

Three years Accelerated part-time

January start available for entry in to year 2

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,600 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Course can be studied as an Accelerated Degree
  • Site visits and fieldtrips are a crucial part of your learning experience, and may include study visits abroad
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Construction project managers lead, manage and control all construction operations. Their primary role is to ensure that construction projects are completed on-time and within budget. They identify and control resources and ensure quality standards and safety requirements are met.

Studying this degree course will teach you how to plan, organise and control construction operations, building your knowledge in all stages of the process – from initial feasibility studies through to design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and demolition. You will also have the opportunity  to  take  part in project orientated group work where real problems will be tackled.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) meaning that you will be educated to the highest industry standards. You will also be encouraged to undertake a placement year in industry between your second and third year,  which  you  will arrange with our support.

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Awards and Accreditation

Year 1 (If studied part-time Years 1 and 2)

Year one of this course has modules in common with other related courses within the school, meaning that you will benefit from collaborative learning with students from other disciplines, gaining an understanding of essential foundation subjects.

Modules may include:

This module will equip you with a basic knowledge and skills necessary to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.
On this module you will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate as well as the dynamics of the construction environmentwithin which you will operate. You will develop knowledge and understanding of management and organisational theories in  the construction and property context.
This module will provide you with an introduction to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments and hence develop an awareness of the physical and personal requirements for thermal and environmental comfort leading to a healthy working environment. It will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Services within the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical Building Services systems technology. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the wide spectrum of H.V.A.C. Engineering Services available for installation in today’s buildings and their impact on sustainability, health and safety. You will also develop the ability to appraise and critically analyse the choices available to the engineer when selecting systems to meet a services specification.
Through this module you will gain experience of relevant management and planning software tools through the application of industry specific ICTs such as Microsoft Project, Building Information Modelling and appropriate design delivery software CAD. You will be able to demonstrate the importance of the legislative environment, including the consequences of Health, Safety and welfare, and apply current management tools and techniques to mitigate relevant issues that may occur on a construction project. You will understand ethnic and cultural diversity issues and current codes of practice in the industry and their implications for ethical practice. You will appreciate the relevance of social, economic and environmental sustainability and recognise the impact of this on a building’s carbon emissions and ability provide a comfortable environment for the end user. This module will also enable you to engage with industry through a series of industrial guest lectures supporting and enhancing the project brief.
This module will enable you to identify and use appropriate learning-how-to-learn strategies that are applicable for their programme of study. You will be able to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. You will identify and apply ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to built environment professional practice. You will also gain experience applicable ICT technologies relevant to their field of study.

Year 2 (If studied part-time Years 3 and 4)

During your second year you will be introduced to subjects specific to your course, as well as some modules which are common with other courses such as the multi-disciplinary project. This provides another opportunity for collaborative working which is common practice in the career of a construction  project manager.

Modules may include:

The aim of this module is to help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop the ability to understand both historic and contemporary construction techniques for the formation of medium to large buildings. You will identify and critically review alternative constructon technologies and to make informed decisions and recommndations and develop an awareness and understanding of the implications of the sustainability agenda on the constructon process.
On this module you will explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK as well as the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.
You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of the construction process, at all stages, from inception to delivery. You will gain a practical understanding of the methods and techniques used in the planning and production stages of a construction project and competence in their application. This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of how effective planning and control of resources impacts on the control of a construction project and the supply chain. You will be able to understand and evaluate the concepts of risk and value and examine and apply techniques for their control and consider and review environmental impact, health & safety and other constraints on the construction process.
Through this module you will be able to understand the role and responsibilities of the production manager in the context of the UK construction industry. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the key organisational management principles and issues involved in lean theory and its applications in design, production and operations. You will be able to demonstrate how risk management processes apply to production management practice. On this module you will evaluate current and future production processes and methods by which the production manager can control resource efficiency, quality, safety and environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the implementation of offsite construction for an efficient and effective implementation of construction projects.
This project will provide you with an opportunity for discipline based project study on a range of built environment scenarios. You will develop detailed knowledge of discipline specific subject matter by applying relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in project environments. You will also develop your project appraisal, collaborative team working, management, critical analysis and problem solving skills. This module will further develop and apply high-level communication and information technology skills to solve problems and present solutions to a competent standard appropriate for a built environment professional. You will also develop an understanding of the place of advanced ICT technologies within the sphere of the construction industry professional.
This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year 3 (If studied part-time Years 4 and 5)

During your final year you will study some core compulsory construction project management modules in addition to some which you select each semester. You will also undertake a research project on a built environment subject of your choice under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

This module will focus in particular on project management in a construction context, but will also make considerable reference to the activity in other fields of commercial and business activity to emphasise the broad applicability of the principles.
This module you will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the writing of a research proposal and a research document . You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data and writing of a research document.
On this module you will examine the concept of the reflective practitioner such that there can be an alignment of personal and professional development with the future of professional practice. The module aims to raise the level of awareness of major contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and to promote understanding of their significance and impact which will influence future professional conduct. It will encourage a deep level of understanding of corporate behaviour, the evolution of strategies and their implementation, and the significance for the built environment sector. You will develop managerial skills and commercial acumen including the promotion of enterprise and innovation and its application in the built environment sector, and competencies in the research and interpretation of business information and accounting to assist business decision-making and objective setting. You will also gain an understanding of the importance of the role of the professional in society, the  relevance of ethical behaviour, and the social, economic, and commercial significance of corporate responsibilities, particularly in the context of the built environment.

Industrial Placement year  

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial year-out placement between years 2 and 3. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The University will help you to develop their employability skills. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement    tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with 'telephone visits', visits to your place of employment and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
BTEC National Diploma National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
Foundation Degree Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
International Baccalaureate 30 points
Other Qualification Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE O level (or equivalent) There are no specific A level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,600 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Coursework
  • Projects with other students
  • Guest lectures and site visits to construction projects, completed buildings, product manufacturing plants etc.

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, projects, exams, and a dissertation.

Employability

Dale Sookoo

BSc Construction Project Management graduate


Salford has a respectable reputation for high standards in all construction disciplines - I enjoyed the programme in its entirety and was impressed by the support and encouragement offered by the staff.

Career Prospects

Construction project managers are in considerable demand in the UK and internationally. Therefore, graduates from this course are much sought after by employer organisations and opportunities are excellent. Recent graduates are working in a wide range of organisations including construction companies,  project management consultancies and government departments.

Companies that have previously employed our graduates include: Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Simons Construction Ltd, Skanska.


Furthermore, the annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities  that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Links with Industry

During the Multidisciplinary Projects module students have worked on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

In addition, we have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • RICS
  • CIOB

This provides our students with a number of benefits such as site visits, guest speakers and placements.

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