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BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering 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 is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering 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 is ranked 3rd in the sector nationally for the sustained employment of Engineering and Technology graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Course Information

UCAS Code
K251

Level of Study
Undergraduate

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

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University encompasses all of our work in Mechanical, Civil, Automotive, Construction and Architectural Engineering

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Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and problem-based workshops. We make numerous visits to construction sites so you can see how a building project ‘fits together’ and see first-hand how the construction process unfolds. You’ll speak with industry professionals and learn about their skills and experiences.

The teaching will help you understand fundamental principles of construction and gain experience in solving problems. At first these problems will be clearly defined and then, as your studies progress, you’ll become expert in carrying out advanced analyses of complex and ambiguous issues. You’ll identify innovative solutions that will take account of the realities of construction and what’s best for the wider society.

Assessment methods include written reports, portfolios, presentations, exams and debates on current construction issues. The various methods will help you develop your skills in communication, cooperation and group work.

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in all aspects of the construction industry, from design to completion of the finished building. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework 2014.)

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. We’ve built up numerous industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies.

Northumbria has excellent facilities to support your learning, including the latest computer software that’s being used in the construction and engineering industries. In particular you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use Autodesk Revit, a Building Information Modelling (BIM) tool, and be supported in this process with professional training materials from ‘White Frog’.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

The learning environment at Northumbria University is enriched by constant interchange with the construction and engineering industries. The frequent field study visits will give you multiple opportunities to speak with construction professionals and take advantage of their experience.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Our problem-solving approach requires you to acquire a wide range of research skills during the course. In the final year you’ll undertake a major project that will bring together all the skills that you have developed up to that point.

Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. One of Northumbria’s signature research themes is ‘Future Engineering’, which is about innovation in the engineering and construction industries so that they are fit for purpose in the 21st century. We also have particular interests in novel construction materials, Building Information Management, smart materials and sustainable technologies.

Employability is a theme that runs throughout BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering Management, which was designed in consultation with the industry. Northumbria University Newcastle holds Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Accredited Centre Status.

This programme is accredited by the CIOB (subject to conditions), having been judged 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.



 

The placement year, before your final year, will enrich your experience and offer an extended opportunity to engage with industry. We encourage all students to consider undertaking a placement, though it’s not compulsory and you can choose to complete the course in three years.

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate training schemes and graduate roles in construction management. Our Careers and Employment Service offers resources and support that will help you find roles matching your interests and skills.

You could also undertake further study at postgraduate level with a course such as our Construction Project Management MSc. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one In the first year you will be introduced to Mechanics and Structures and Engineering Analytics. You will also study other modules such as Technical and Graphical Communication & Academic Skills, Materials, Surveying and Construction Technology.

Year 2

Year two Your second year will consist of modules including Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics, Construction Technology, Building Engineering, Project Management and Digital Engineering, Health and Safety in Construction and Commercial Management.

Year 3

Year three You will have the option to go out on an industrial placement to put the skills you have learned in the previous modules into professional practice.

Year 4

Year four You will study modules in Construction Project Management and Digital Engineering, Construction Technology, Management of People and Construction Engineering Law and Procurement. This year also involves a year-long Construction Engineering research based project.

Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to be part of technical teams that construct successful buildings, bridges, tunnels, roads and water systems? Would you like to manage people and process to achieve successful results? This could be the course for you.   

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component (or 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 you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

At the time of advertising we do not anticipate any additional costs that you will be asked to pay since our excellent library has great resources and many of them available electronically. However, occasionally great opportunities do arise for exceptional educational experiences that the University may not be able to finance entirely. Not participating will not adversely affect your course performance but if you want to participate in then you may need to contribute towards the cost, typically up to £200.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

KB4021 -

Technical & Graphical Communication (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the principles and considerations of structural design and the communication of design work. You will be encouraged to develop your hand sketching in recognition that this is an important skill required to communicate early design ideas as well as to aid self-reflection and design development. You will learn how to use AutoCAD to communicate your design ideas. Your technical drawing skills will be developed and you will gain experience of producing Civil Engineering drawings. You will gain knowledge and skills through generic design considerations to engender a holistic appreciation of the design process prior to addressing calculation work for simple structural elements in timber and masonry.

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KB4022 -

Design and Materials (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the issues which will underpin your learning and practice as a construction engineer. Specifically you will learn about the following areas:

Mechanics of materials:

Material qualities

Material properties at a micro level,

Material properties at a macro level
Through laboratory and other class work you will consider and test a range of the commonest used materials in the industry such as:

• Classification of rocks and soils
• Rock identification and erosion
• Soil formation – weathering and deposition
• Properties and classification of soils – particle size distribution, moisture content, and consistency limits
• Steel
• Concrete
• Timber

In addition you will examine alternative material use to achieve enhanced sustainability including the use of re-cycled materials and you will develop skills in designing concrete structural members through your understanding of material properties and capacities.

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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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KB4024 -

Introduction to Mechanics & Structures (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the basic fundamentals of mechanics and structures which are essential for your developing career in construction engineering.
You will specifically learn about:
Force as a vector quantity. Components of a force. Resultant of concurrent force system. Moment of a force. Couples. Resultant of a coplanar force system.

Analysis of Plane Statics, Conditions for equilibrium. Stability and determinacy Principles of isolation - free body diagrams. Two and three force problems, frames and trusses, methods of joints and sections. 2 and 3 pinned arches. Concentrated, triangular and uniformly distributed loads. Combined loads and couples

Internal Forces in Structural Members: 1) Normal and shear force 2) Bending moment 3) Torsion; shear force and bending moment relationship, Bending moment and shearing force diagrams for beams

Principles of Stress and Strain, Direct stress: load, deflection, stress and strain. Tensile testing and material properties. Young’s modulus and Poisson’s Ratio. Factor of safety. Shear stress: complementary shear. Modulus of rigidity.

Applications in One-Dimension, Direct stress in compound bar and temperature effects.

Geometric Properties of Symmetric Sections, Determination of centroid, second moment of area and polar second moment of area.

Bending of Beams, Pure bending, Bending stresses in hollow tubes and symmetric I-beams. Combined direct and bending stresses.

Torsion in Beam, Torque equation, Torque. Stresses in hollow tubes. Thin walled open sections.

Energy methods in Structural anaylis. Castigliano theorem, Principle of Virtual Work, Maxwell and Betti theorems.

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KB4026 -

Construction Technology 1 (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the fundamental principles of the construction of new buildings and the repair and upgrading of existing buildings all set within the context of a typical house and from the perspective of a construction project 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 cost effective. From your consideration of the construction process you will learn about the materials and techniques used to construct each stage of the building including :
• The legislation, regulations and codes of best practice in building.
• An investigation and analysis of the building site conditions.
• Excavation work to prepare the site for building.
• Suitable foundation types to support the building.
• Ground and upper floor construction.
• External and internal walls.
• Doors, windows, stairs and ramps.
• Roof construction.

Using the knowledge you acquire from the construction of new buildings you will learn why and how buildings develop defects and the techniques used to repair these defects and upgrade the building including :
• The legal implications of, and obligations to, the repair of buildings.
• The conditions that cause a building to move and so develop defects.
• Internal defects to ground and upper floors, walls and roofs.
• The effects of condensation, dampness and pest infestation.

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (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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KL4000 -

Mathematics for Construction Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

Outline Syllabus
Arithmetic, trigonometry, functions and basic calculus, applications to land survey techniques

• Units and dimensional analysis.
• Indices, numbers, fractions and percentages.
• Areas and volumes
• Linear and quadratic equations.
• Systems of equations and the elimination method.
• Pythagoras' theorem, basic trigonometric functions and their graphs.
• Functions, rate of change and basic derivative.
• Basic integration and approximation of areas using Simpson's rule.

Probability and statistics

• Continuous and discrete variables
• Mean and standard deviation.
• Identifying linear relationships and computing linear regression. Interpreting regression and correlation data.
• Simple probability.
• Data representation, grouped data, frequency tables and bar histograms.

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KB5020 -

Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides an introduction to the Earth’s materials, their formation, development and behaviour and explores how they impact on considerations for site investigation and assessment. You will learn about geological processes and structures and the formation, classification and erosion of rock and soils and the interpretation of geological maps. You will learn about the planning and implementation of site investigations, the interpretation of borehole data and various field testing techniques as used on construction sites. You will learn about the structure, content and use of relevant codes and standards. You will learn about soil improvement on construction sites, suitable fill materials for different construction activities and about the different types of temporary and permanent geotechnical structures commonly encountered and the concept of bearing capacity and simple sizing calculations and construction techniques for common types of foundations.

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KB5022 -

Construction Project Management & Digital Engineering 1 [BIM] (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Topics include:

• The planning for and management of construction engineering project level organisations and resources including materials, plant, direct labour, subcontractors and the supply chain.
• The use of construction engineering production information, the management of design during the construction process, and the role that digital engineering solutions, popularly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process.
• Construction engineering project planning processes, including the use of critical path networks and bar charts, the selection and use of appropriate planning techniques, the application of planning software, and issues that arise from methodology selection, sequencing and the communication of such decisions.
• Production of construction engineering solutions for specific project challenges.

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KB5026 -

Construction Technology 2 (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the construction technologies used to construct new, single-storey wide span and multi-storey framed commercial and industrial from the perspective of a construction project manager. As you explore the construction techniques you will discover how each stage contributes to providing a safe and comfortable building, considerate of the environment and cost effective. You will learn about the materials and techniques used to construct each stage of these building including :
• Functional, performance, environmental and legislative requirements of framed building elements.
• Ground stabilisation and groundwater control.
• Foundations, substructures and deep basements.
• Single-storey:
• Wide-span structural frames.
• Wide-span lightweight coverings.
• Multi-storey :
• Structural steel and concrete frames.
• Cladding and curtain walling.
• Floors, roof structures and coverings.
• Prefabrication and off-site production.
• Lifts and escalators.
• Accommodation of building services in framed buildings.
• Acoustic and thermal performance, fire resistance and structural integrity of frame buildings.
• Temporary support and façade retention of multi-storey buildings.

In addition, using the knowledge you acquire from the construction of new buildings you will learn why and how multi storey buildings develop defects and the techniques used to repair these defects, including defects and repair to :
• Substructures and basements.
• Steel and concrete frames.
• Cladding and curtain walling.

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KB5027 -

Health and Safety in Construction (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key requirements and practices relating to health and safety management within the context of the construction industry. This is a vital topic for the construction engineering profession and is essential for employment. The topics that will be studied include;

The Safety Performance of the UK Construction Industry within a global context
The Legal Framework and Enforcement of Construction Health and Safety
UK Construction Health and Safety Law
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
Key Site Health and Safety Hazards and Control Measures
Principles and Practice of Health and Safety Risk Assessment
The (Principal) Contractor's Health and Safety Management System
Managing for Health and Wellbeing
Health and Safety Culture
Sustainability linked to health and safety management

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KB5028 -

Commercial Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how the construction industry functions as a business and how finances are managed. In particular you will learn about different types of client and their decisions about how to go to the market and the process choices used by the industry to deliver projects financially and commercially. The topics of study will include:

• The development process and its participants;
• Development appraisal;
• Pre-tender estimating and cost control;
• Whole life costing and life-cycle assessment;
• Value management;
• Risk management;
• Commercial management and success of firms and projects;
• Ethics in commercial management and construction procurement;
• Performance measurement (sector and firm level);
• Measurement and quantification of construction work;
• Procurement, selection and contractual strategies;
• BIM, collaborative working and commercial management;
• Stakeholder management;
• Contractor and sub-contractor selection: methods, process and procedures;
• Bidding and winning strategies;
• Estimating practice in construction;
• Purchasing and sourcing; and
• Post-contract cost control.

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KB5029 -

Building Engineering (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop your understanding of the properties and structural behaviour of key building materials - concrete, steel and timber. You will be introduced to how the choice of building material can influence the sustainability of a building. You will learn about the structural forces, stresses and strains that occur in structural members (e.g. column and beams) and be introduced to design methods to ensure such structural members are stable. By the end of the module you will be able to carry out the design of basic structural elements to the appropriate National and European Standards.

The content of the module includes:
Material Properties

Structural behaviour and material properties of concrete, steel and timber e.g. strength, elasticity, durability, density and porosity.
Sustainability of concrete, timber and steel.

Material Testing

Workability of fresh concrete
Rapid analysis of fresh concrete
Compressive strength of concrete cubes
Flexural strength of beams
Toughness
Electromagnetic cover meter
Surface hardness testing by rebound hammer
Sampling and grading of soils and aggregates
Tensile testing of mild steel

Structural Design

Actions
Equilibrium
Local stability
Tensile and compressive forces
Direct stress and strain (Young’s modulus of elasticity)
Limit state design principles
Introduction to structural analysis - calculation of shear forces and bending moments
Beam and column design for concrete, timber and steel to the Eurocodes.

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KB5030 -

Preparing for Placement (Core,0 Credits)

You will learn to apply for a 12 month placement in a construction engineering company. You will do this through developing and improving your skills in the following areas:

1. Communication
2. CVs
3. Interviews
4. H&S within the workplace
5. Professional conduct
6. Teams
7. Constructing a Learning Plan
8. Evidencing your learning
9. Reflection in the workplace
10. Networking

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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (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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Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

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 group consultancy work 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, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business 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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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 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 semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester 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 semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (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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KB5031 -

Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (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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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment 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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Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 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 semester 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, 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 is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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Academic Language Skills for Mechanical and Construction Engineering (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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Construction Engineering Research Project (Core,40 Credits)

This module is divided into two parts, the integrated group design section and the individual research project.

In the first part you will work with your peers to demonstrate the assimilation of what you have learned from your programme to produce an analytical piece of work in which the Construction and Civil Engineering design process is investigated. You will be allocated a tutor to your group to who will support you throughout the whole process. As part of the project you will consider the following areas :

Project Design briefs and requirement capture
Corporate and social responsibility
Team building
KPI’s and DQI’s
The reflective practitioner, examples from industry.
Establishing the business case

For the individual section, againyou will then work with an individual tutor to take a self-driven approach to investigating an identified problem within the Construction Engineering industry. You will be expected to produce a substantive piece of work in which you clarify the work through deriving Aims and Objectives, provide a theoretical background to the problem and determine and select a method for investigation. This will provide a framework for you to pursue the collection and analysis of data to realise the project aims.

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Construction Project Management and Digital Engineering (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 include:

• Existing, new and developing theory that can assist the construction engineering project manager during the project lifecycle.
• Management and control of construction engineering projects during the execution of the work.
• Advanced management of construction engineering project level organisations.
• Project control processes and methods that facilitate the management of project information, time, cost, quality, risk and safety.
• The impact of issues such as delays and disruption upon the management of construction projects and the use of project recovery strategies and their implications on the completion of a project.
• Process improvement strategies including the use of lean construction and Digital Engineering, popularly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM) within construction engineering project management process in order to increase value, reduce waste and improve the communication, planning and control of construction projects.
• The use of live or simulated construction engineering case studies, to disseminate lessons learned from industry and academia.

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Construction Technology 3 (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the technologies used to construct sustainable and contemporary buildings. You will give consideration to the criteria that dictate 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. Topic areas covered will include :

• Building purpose and performance.
• Climate and its effects on buildings, including sustainable design and construction.
• Renewable energy strategies & Environmental assessment tools.
• Life Cycle assessment & Carbon reduction
• The ‘Passivhaus’ concept.
• Cladding technologies & Structural Glazing.
• Off-site construction / modular construction.
• Innovative and emerging building technologies, research and development.
• Technological co-ordination, integration and buildability criteria within the context of sustainable and contemporary buildings.

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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. The topics that will be studied include;

Team Building – How to create a successful team.
Negotiation and Conflict – How to make it work for you.
Managing the supply chain – Essential for working in the construction industry.
Stakeholder Management – Client, users, neighbours etc.
Leadership – What kind of leader are you and how can you develop this.
Change Management – Keeping up to date with an ever changing domestic and global changing marketplace.
Behaviour – An area linked to many of the other topics.
Motivation – How money is not the big motivator everyone thinks it is.
Collaborative Working – a key are of improvement required in the construction industry
Culture – What is culture within the construction industry and how can it be improved.

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Construction Engineering Law and Procurement (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to apply the principles of the laws of contract and tort to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction/engineering projects. You will study topics such as:

• The English legal system, and the hierarchy of the Courts,
• How the law develops; from judicial precedent (in case law,) to statute (in public policy and public choice),
• The essential features of the laws of contract and tort,
• The range and complexity of project inputs and the alternative patterns for the delivery of the project, in terms of procurement, selection and payment arrangements,
• The impact of contract law (via offer and acceptance, implied terms, breach, and liability); and in tort (via professional negligence),
• Commonly-used standard contracts and their subcontracts,
• Insurance, bonds, and warranties,
• Project outcomes and obligations, specifically: progress, payment, completion within time, within budget and to specified requirements,
• The means of compensating for contingencies such as liquidated and ascertained damages, loss and expense and rights of determination,
• Contractual procedures at pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages, and
• Areas of potential disputes, and their resolution.

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