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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Building Control
  • FP McCann
  • Geda Construction
  • Lagan Construction
  • Graham Construction
  • McLaughlin & Harvey

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Construction Management
  • Site Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Building Control
  • Contract Management

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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Construct the future: Study Ulster University's Construction Engineering & Management Course.

Summary

The overarching aim of the programme is to produce construction engineering and management graduates who have obtained the relevant competencies to perform the roles within one of the many disciplines of construction engineering and construction management. The programme aims to produce professional construction managers and engineers equipped with technical and managerial skills. This is commensurate with the requirements of the associated professional body, the construction industry public and private sectors as a whole.

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About this course

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About

The management of construction projects on site is a vital part of the construction process however, the success of the project on site is influenced by decisions taken at project initiation - planning, pricing, procurement and contract management are vital. The Construction Engineering and Management course includes core subjects such as construction technology, construction law, economics and construction management. Key themes such as procurement, innovation, BIM, sustainability and health and safety are embedded within specific modules. The focus of the programme in years 1 and 2 is generally on technical areas such as science, engineering and technology with a gradual shift towards construction management in later years. In addition to the core subjects and themes listed above there are a number of overarching themes embodied within the programme specification, including a commitment to satisfy the learning and development of students, to equip students with the knowledge, professional skills and competencies required to succeed in a career in construction. The course produces graduates with the ability to adapt to technological change and contribute significantly in a highly competitive industry.

Linked programmes

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

The programme is delivered over two semesters in an academic year. There are twelve weeks per semester and attendance is required five days per week. The programme is delivered over four academic years. The first, second and final year of the programme are timetabled as full time on campus. Year 3 is the compulsory placement year.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Domestic Construction Measurement

Year: 1

This module introduces construction measurement (or quantification). It is designed to develop a contextual understanding of construction measurement in practice, the philosophical principles behind measurement and an appreciation of the measurement rule making process.It will develop from the measurement of simple linear, superficial and cubic generic examples to the application of measurement of more complex construction related examples and then the measurement (quantification and description) of simple domestic construction in accordance with NRM2.

BIM Basics

Year: 1

The modern day built environment professional is required to communicate electronically with the rest of the project team. This has been mandated by the UK Cabinet Office Construction Strategy, by European Commission procurement regulations and is being followed across the world. This module develops an understanding of the key drivers and barriers to fully implementing Level 2 BIM and points towards the development of level 3 BIM working in the near future. The module develops the foundational skills for internationally recognised BIM Level 2 for the contemporary and future built environment professionals.

Construction materials 1

Year: 1

Construction professionals are responsible for specifying, designing and manufacturing the materials with which structures are built. This module will provide students with a basic understanding of fundamental material science and a comprehensive understanding of the composition, microstructure, and engineering behaviour of materials used in construction applications.

Structures

Year: 1

This module allows the student to identify and describe the form and function of various structural elements, to understand the requirements for strength, stability and performance of structures and structural materials and gives an introduction to the design of structural elements.

Construction Technology 1

Year: 1

This module provides a general introduction to construction technology with specific
emphasis on the sustainable construction of small-scale, low-rise buildings.

The module also introduces the factors that affect and systems that control the internal
environment of domestic buildings.

Construction Environment and Law

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to the Higher Education environment and the associated supporting skills required for success in the context of the construction environment and the legal boundaries within which they are required to operate. Learning will be highly interactive and will be supplemented by the use of site visits and case studies where possible in order to examine real world situations and generate further exploration and discussion.

Surveying A

Year: 1

A fundamental understanding of survey principles and practices is essential to the civil engineering and construction sectors. Moreover it lays a solid basis for progression to higher levels of study. Control of the survey and construction processes invariably requires precision and accuracy. These are obtainable only through competent use of survey equipment. This module is designed to offer significant opportunity for learners to acquire these necessary practical and computational skills.

Formal lectures will provide opportunity for learners to understand fundamental survey principles. Understanding will be applied and reinforced through practical exercises

Comfort

Year: 1

The application of scientific knowledge, and the technologies involved in the control of internal environments to create healthy spaces in buildings for people.

Year two

Tendering & Estimating

Year: 2

The modern day commercial manager is regularly utilising new computer applications in costing measured works within the estimating department of the construction (building or civil engineering) contractor. This role is of vital strategic importance to the survival and growth of any contracting organisation, so a detailed understanding of how construction cost estimates are prepared; strategic tendering procedures are implemented; cash flow forecasting is used and other aspects of commercial awareness in construction are essential to the performance of this role.

Commercial Construction Measurement A

Year: 2

The measurement undertaken within this module will further develop the contextual understanding of measurement in practice and the philosophical principles behind the measurement rules of the New Rules of Measurement.

The module will focus on the measurement of a range of elements found predominantly within commercial construction developing upon knowledge gained on measurement in previous academic study.

The module also focuses on the important relationship between measurement and cost.

Construction Technology 2

Year: 2

The module enhances the understanding of functions, principles and sustainable methods in the design and construction of buildings, and develops greater awareness of the role of building technology and its interactive nature. Teaching methods include lectures supported by tutorials and case studies.

Building Design

Year: 2

This module covers introductory design of sub-structures, super-structures, and their elements made from; timber, steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and aims to develop an awareness of the design and production imperatives involved in practical construction situations.

Production Management in Construction

Year: 2

The module brings together the three components of operations, site and personnel management to provide a range of skills which encompass the field of construction management. The student will develop a sound knowledge of the workings of an organisation and as a result be able to play their part in optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of a company.

Construction Law

Year: 2

This module defines the legal framework within which the operation and administration of building contracts is undertaken. The legal system, the law of contract and the law of tort as they relate to the production of the building project are described and examined. Contract strategy and contractual procedures are analysed and discussed. The rights, duties, liabilities and obligations of the parties to the building contract as dictated by a standard form of building contract are evaluated to enable professional contract management.

Surveying B

Year: 2

Proper design, location, positioning and delineation of infrastructure are essential to the built environment. This module is designed to facilitate learners in gaining a working knowledge of the geospatial principles and practices that are essential to the civil engineering, construction and GIS sectors. The requisite skills are obtainable only through practice in application of precise measuring and observation equipment. This module offers significant opportunity to acquire and develop such skills and associated computational methods.

Safety: An International and Ethical Perspective

Year: 2

Examining health and safety from a global and an ethics reasoning perspective, this module addresses the various international protocols, demonstrating how they impact upon local regulation and professional practice. In the process students develop an understanding of the concept that designs must be such that they can be built, used, maintained and eventually demolished in a safe and healthy manner and through problem-based learning put the concept into practice.

Year three

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

Industrial placement is regarded as an important component of the programme of study. Such experience sets the context of final year studies and greatly enhances employment prospects. Students are provided with an introduction to entrepreneurship in its different forms and given a basis for new venture planning in practice. Placement opportunities are generally identified and approved by the Placement Tutor but students are encouraged to assist through personal contacts. Students are required to achieve a satisfactory performance in the 48-week period of Industrial Placement.

Year four

Building Performance and Regulation

Year: 4

This module investigates the performance requirements of buildings, including environmental impacts and the technology required to ensure that the requirements are met.

The influence of building regulations and construction codes on the achievement of performance requirements is evaluated.

Research and Dissertation

Year: 4

The Research and Dissertation module provides the opportunity to explore in-depth an area of particular significance relating to the course of study. Students are responsible for collating information necessary for the selection and execution of the dissertation. They are required to critically evaluate the practicality, availability of reference material and access to individuals or records. Clear aims and objectives must be established, together with the methods to be used to attain these objectives. The dissertation is a mechanism that underwrites and supports analytical and evaluation skills, logical thought, and the ability to communicate effectively in terms of verbal and written material.

Collaborative Project

Year: 4

This module follows the cycle of building from conception, through the planning, analysis, development, management and construction processes. It is based on a hypothetical development of Student Residences and supported by consultations and workshops. It is designed to develop awareness of the interlinking processes, (professional, technical and financial), within which buildings are designed, procured and built.

Professional Practice and Ethics

Year: 4

The aim of this module is to further enhance and develop the students' understanding of the
wide and diverse role of the Construction Manager, the inter-professional and interpersonal
skills required to perform as effective and competent professionals within the construction
industry. Professional Practice defines the competencies required to succeed in obtaining
chartered status and seeks to develop the personal commitment to continual professional
development.

Construction Project Management

Year: 4

This module develops a thorough understanding by the students regarding the project development process from inception to completion building on the content of prerequisite modules. The use of formal management systems in directing resources for successful projects is examined in detail, and students are provided with opportunities to relate these to real projects. Students are introduced to a wide range of complex principles and practices related to the management of construction projects. A range of teaching and learning methods is adopted, with a focus on classroom interaction and on real-life, student-centred activities.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include Mathematics or a Physical Science.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile.

BTEC Diploma with overall D,D,M in Construction/Engineering subject to include 9 Distinctions and Merit in Analytical Methods/ Applied Mathematics/ Further Mathematics for technicians.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile with grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include grade B in Mathematics or a Physical Science.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include grade C in Mathematics or a Physical Science.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile with a minimum 26 points (13 at higher level to include Mathematics and a Physical Science).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile average of 70% in Science/ Science & Technology/ Engineering for Year 1 entry.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include grades C in Mathematics, English and a Physical Science subject.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The course has a modular structure nominally with 4/5 modules taken in each of the academic years as shown below. Modules are taught in the autumn and spring semesters. Assessment is considered in many forms to include essays, reports, laboratory and surveying practical tests, CAD class tests, on-line test and end of semester formal examinations.

Year 1

You study: Construction Materials, Sustainable Technology, Building Physics, Law, Building Information and Modelling, Building Structures, Surveying and Measurement.

Year 2

You study: Sustainable Construction Technology, Measurement and Cost Studies, Construction law, Building Physics, Building Production Management, Building Design and practice.

Year 3

Industrial placement year including one week survey camp and a health and safety course. Satisfactory completion of the year of placement leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation.

Year 4

You study: Research and Dissertation, Construction Project Management, Building Assessment, Building Performance and Regulation, Construction Management and Professional Practice.

Exemptions and transferability

If you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or HND (in a discipline outlined above), you will be considered for admission to Year 2.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Building Control
  • FP McCann
  • Geda Construction
  • Lagan Construction
  • Graham Construction
  • McLaughlin & Harvey

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Construction Management
  • Site Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Building Control
  • Contract Management

Career options

Construction management is one of a family of disciplines concerned with the Built Environment. The planning, design, production, adaptation, maintenance, management and recycling of the built environment require interaction between disciplines. A career within construction engineering and management often encompasses a wide range of responsibilities which require a wide knowledge, skills and competencies base. Career options include construction management, site management, facilities management, building control and contract management.

Graduates with at least one year’s relevant experience in the construction industry may continue their study on the MSc in Construction Business and Project Management, either on a full-time or part-time basis. Graduates have also gone on to study MSc Fire Safety Engineering at Ulster.

Work placement / study abroad

Work placement takes place in year 3 and is a compulsory element of the course. Quality placements are ensured by including construction firms which are willing and able to offer the work based learning experience which will allow the students to develop their technical knowledge and practical experience in a safe and healthy environment.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.

Academic profile

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Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

Additional mandatory costs

There are several activities which may incur an additional cost to you during your course, in addition to your tuition fees. Site visits are arranged throughout the academic year and you may be required to purchase personal protective equipment to use during the site visits. Investing in such PPE will benefit you during your studies, placement and when you graduate. Other costs incurred on site visits including travel costs as you may be required to make your own way to the construction site. Site visits generally are identified within the central Belfast area for your convenience.

Other costs incurred include the 4 day residential Survey Camp in Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle County Down. This survey camp is scheduled in semester 2 generally in week 12. You will be required to either travel to survey camp and will incur travel costs OR book local accommodation for three nights.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Dr Karen Davison

T: + 44 (0)28 9036 8108

E: k.davison@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk

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