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Construction Project Management (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time accelerated: K201 Day-release accelerated: K202

Start Date(s): January; June; September

Duration:

2 years full-time; 3 years full-time with placement
3 years day-release; 4 years day-release with placement

Full-time start: September

Day-release starts: September, January and June

Fees:

UK - £9,250 per year

International - £18,450 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities
  • Prepares you for a host of rewarding professional careers both nationally and internationally with excellent opportunities
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Accelerated two-year degree option available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

You will develop economic, legal, technical and managerial knowledge and skills. You will also have the opportunity to take part in project-orientated group work where real-life problems will be tackled. You will learn how to plan, organise and control construction operations and you will gain knowledge    in    all  stages  of the process – from initial feasibility studies through to design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and demolition.

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.  

New way to study

The School of the Built Environment now offers a new mode of study for many of its undergraduate courses; the Accelerated Degree. Whilst covering the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, the accelerated degree is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters.This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, therefore allowing you to progress more quickly into work or further study.

If you choose to study Construction Project Management full-time as an accelerated degree, you will complete it in two years rather than three. If you choose the day-release option, you will complete your degree in three years rather than five. You still have the option to complete a placement with these modes of study, with the full-time accelerated degree with placement taking  three years complete and the day-release accelerated degree taking four years to complete. The traditional three year full-time and five year part-time options for this course are still available.

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Course Details

Depending on whether you choose the full-time accelerated degree pathway, or the day-release accelerated degree option, the structure of this course will vary as follows:

Full-time accelerated

Year 1                                

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:                                

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.  
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.      
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.      
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                                

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.                                              
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.                                              
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.                                              
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.          
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.          
You also have the option to take a placement year between years 1 and 2. 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 your 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 visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.                                            

DAY-RELEASE ACCELERATED            

YEAR ONE    

Modules may include:

  • Technology 1          
  • Introduction to Construction Management              
  • Environmental Science and Services                  
  • Construction Management Project 1        
  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks                
  • Economics and Management              

YEAR TWO    

Modules may include:

  • Technology 2        
  • Construction Process Management        
  • Procurement and Administration        
  • Lean and Offsite Production Management        
  • Multi-disciplinary Project        
  • Construction Management Project 2        

YEAR THREE    

Modules may include:

  • Professional Practice        
  • Project Management        
  • Construction Law and Dispute Resolution        
  • Sustainable Design and Construction        
  • Integreated Design and Delivery Systems        
  • Discipline Research Project

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
GCE A level 104 points
Scottish Highers 104 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 104 points
International Baccalaureate 30 points

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 property and built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. Property and 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 property and real estate sector 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 property and real estate sector.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £18,450 per year

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 £17,910 per year

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Self-directed study
  • Projects with other students
  • Guest lectures
  • Site visits to property development sites, urban regeneration projects and completed buildings

Assessment

The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. Assessment methods include coursework, portfolio, presentation, examination and research project.

Employability

If you choose to study an accelerated degree you will benefit from faster progression into a career, giving you a competitive advantage over your peers. Additionally, as a graduate of this mode of study, you will have completed a more intensive training programme, which is better aligned to the realities of the workplace.

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 get to work on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to 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:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Investment Property Forum
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Bruntwood
  • Colliers

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

Further Study

MSc Project Management in Construction

MSc Construction Law and Practice

MSc Construction Management

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