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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.

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)

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.

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.

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)

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.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 to 5 years part-time, depending on entry qualifications

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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.

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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 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.

Book an Open Day / Experience Construction Engineering Management BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Construction Engineering Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

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The Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Construction Engineering Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

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Research / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Book an Open Day / Experience Construction Engineering Management BSc (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Construction Engineering Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

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A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Construction Engineering Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

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.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

HNC/HND/Foundation degree in Construction or Engineering is required for advanced entry (stage 1 entry is not available).

If you have taken a BTEC HND programme we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of merit standard.

If you have taken a Foundation Degree we will be looking for performance to commendation level or 60% average.

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

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

BTEC HND/Foundation degree, or equivalent

in Construction or Engineering is required for advanced entry. Stage 1 entry is not available.

If you have taken a BTEC HND programme, we will usually expect you to have performed to an average of Merit standard.

If you have taken a Foundation Degree we will be looking for performance to Commendation level or 60% average.

 

International Qualifications:

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

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

 

English Language Requirements:

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

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

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.


Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

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



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

**EU fees for 2021/22 are yet to announced


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC



Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships and Discounts have not been announced for 2021/22 entry, please use the links below as in indication of what schemes are available for 2020/21 entry.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules

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

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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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Introduction to Mechanics & Structures (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the basic fundamentals of mechanics and structures, which are essential for your developing a career in civil/construction engineering.

You will learn about a range of relevant topics including the consideration of forces and solving problems related to forces within systems. You will learn about principles of stress and strain and consider related factors when solving problems of this nature. You will learn about some of the techniques used to consider the impact of loads on various beans and sections. There will also be an opportunity to learn about associated theories linking to energy methods of structural analysis.

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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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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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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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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. Themes can include: the planning for and management of construction engineering project level organisations and resources; 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; production of construction engineering solutions for specific project challenges.

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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 buildings 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 buildings. Also, 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.

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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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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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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 future graduate employment. You will study construction management practice relevant to the following two pieces of UK legislation: construction health and safety law and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

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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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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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KB6029 -

Management of People (Core,20 Credits)

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

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KB6030 -

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 to develop skills in applying the principles of contract law to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction and engineering projects.

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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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KB6020 -

Construction Engineering Research Project (Core,40 Credits)

TYou will learn through initial knowledge transfer directed from lectures. Still, quickly, you will be expected to work within your group to complete a forensic examination of the project brief, while evaluating its wider implications. This will simulate the peer support afforded in professional practice as students learn to assimilate the complexities of an open brief. You will advance to addressing the design requirements of the brief as individuals. Group tutors will be assigned to support both the group and then the individual student members of a given group, depending on the assessment stages. An initial short lecture series will support initial knowledge transfer so that you are prepared for the research project work. These lectures will also outline aspects such as health and safety, ethical issues, information sources and their appraisal. You will produce a project proposal and will develop and execute a project plan to implement that proposal (with key stages and milestones) designed to meet the project learning outcomes with guidance from an academic staff member. Project proposals may be based on industrial experience (either of a member of staff or the student) or linked to topics covered elsewhere on the programme that you wish to develop your knowledge further. The project involves you engaging in a substantial amount of individual independent work, under the guidance of the academic member of staff who will act as a “critical friend” through discussion of your work to allow you to reflect and improve.

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KB6021 -

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 that will be covered include construction engineering project management theory, project control methods, appreciation of the impact that delays and disruption have upon project success and awareness of available project recovery strategies.

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KB6028 -

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 consider the criteria that dictate the appropriateness of building form and constructability within the constraints imposed by the context of user requirements, how the building functions, and the legislative requirements under which the building is constructed.

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Modules

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

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 a career in civil/construction engineering.

You will learn about a range of relevant topics including the consideration of forces and solving problems related to forces within systems. You will learn about principles of stress and strain and consider related factors when solving problems of this nature. You will learn about some of the techniques used to consider the impact of loads on various beans and sections. There will also be an opportunity to learn about associated theories linking to energy methods of structural analysis.

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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. Themes can include: the planning for and management of construction engineering project level organisations and resources; 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; 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 buildings 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 buildings. Also, 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.

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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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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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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 future graduate employment. You will study construction management practice relevant to the following two pieces of UK legislation: construction health and safety law and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

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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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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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KB6029 -

Management of People (Core,20 Credits)

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

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KB6030 -

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 to develop skills in applying the principles of contract law to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction and engineering projects.

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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.

More information

KB6020 -

Construction Engineering Research Project (Core,40 Credits)

TYou will learn through initial knowledge transfer directed from lectures. Still, quickly, you will be expected to work within your group to complete a forensic examination of the project brief, while evaluating its wider implications. This will simulate the peer support afforded in professional practice as students learn to assimilate the complexities of an open brief. You will advance to addressing the design requirements of the brief as individuals. Group tutors will be assigned to support both the group and then the individual student members of a given group, depending on the assessment stages. An initial short lecture series will support initial knowledge transfer so that you are prepared for the research project work. These lectures will also outline aspects such as health and safety, ethical issues, information sources and their appraisal. You will produce a project proposal and will develop and execute a project plan to implement that proposal (with key stages and milestones) designed to meet the project learning outcomes with guidance from an academic staff member. Project proposals may be based on industrial experience (either of a member of staff or the student) or linked to topics covered elsewhere on the programme that you wish to develop your knowledge further. The project involves you engaging in a substantial amount of individual independent work, under the guidance of the academic member of staff who will act as a “critical friend” through discussion of your work to allow you to reflect and improve.

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KB6021 -

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 that will be covered include construction engineering project management theory, project control methods, appreciation of the impact that delays and disruption have upon project success and awareness of available project recovery strategies.

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KB6028 -

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 consider the criteria that dictate the appropriateness of building form and constructability within the constraints imposed by the context of user requirements, how the building functions, and the legislative requirements under which the building is constructed.

More information

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