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Modules

These are the compulsory modules you can expect to take during the BSc Project Management for Construction.

First Year

  • An Introduction to Management provides an awareness of what managers do and why their activities are crucial to the success of any business or public sector agency. Emphasis is on the processes of management.
  • Materials: Their Use and Structural Function provides a framework for identifying the factors affecting the selection and use of a range of materials employed in compressive and tensile building structures.
  • Introduction to the Built Environment is an overview of how the construction industry operates. It looks at the role of different professionals who offer a wide range of services and skills and examines the basic technology and terminology of buildings and their services.
  • The Construction Industry and its Management is an introduction to the UK construction industry describing the products, processes and evolution of management inputs required at different levels and stages.
  • Economics 1 introduces the economic principles governing the context in which projects are evaluated and provides the foundations for understanding the nature of project value and the financial techniques used in practice for analysing and evaluating projects.
  • Introduction to Law offers students an understanding of the English legal system and the sources of law, after which they study law specifically related to the construction process and project participants.
  • Computing for the Built Environment introduces information technology and reveals the full range of software applications currently in use in the UK construction industry.
  • Making Cities: The Production of the Built Environment is unique in that it brings together all of the undergraduate students in the Bartlett to understand how the varying disciplines of architecture, planning and project management come together to design and deliver projects within the built environment.

Second Year

  • Management 1 introduces the basic concepts and the recent development in the management of organisational functions, explores the applicability of these concepts to project-based organisations and the construction industry in particular and considers the meaning of 'corporate social responsibility'. 
  • Project Management 1 develops the concepts underpinning the discipline of project management and the professional role of the project manager.
  • Building Services Engineering 1 considers the range of building services in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and develops an understanding of the basic function of mechanical services currently in use.
  • Technology Studies follows the introduction to construction technology at level 1, enabling you to further your understanding by focusing upon developments in structural form for larger framed buildings.
  • Economics 2 furthers your understanding of economic principles by specifically applying the techniques to different project valuations and markets (construction and real estate) within the broader economy.
  • Building for a Sustainable Future encourages you to consider the challenges faced by society due to changing climate and diminishing resources. You will look at construction’s impact and how this can be reduced alongside how the built environment of the future will be shaped.
  • Professional Skills for Project Management aims to develop a range of transferrable skills that can be used to help enter and be applied within the workplace. Drawing is a key means of communication and familiarity with suitable tools and software to produce 2D and 3D drawings will be given. The range of benefits that BIM offers projects during the production and operational phases will also be addressed.
  • Contract Administration and Law 1 develops a broad and analytical understanding of the pre-contract administration practices and the legal requirements up to construction contract award stage. It considers quantity surveying practices relating to the development of likely construction costs at design development stage.

Third Year 

  • Organisational Management gives an insight into the way in which the structure and design of organisations can improve their effectiveness and introduced to contemporary issues in organisational theory.
  • Project Management 2 critically examines the execution of the development process, from inception of a project to completion and handover.
  • Building Services Engineering 2 looks at the technical aspects and managerial considerations involved in design and installation of building services. Technological developments, changing demands of services and the wider implications of their use are addressed.
  • Contract Administration and Law 2 develops an analytical and critical understanding of post-contract contractual administration and management within a project management/contract administration practice, including the relevant case law from contract award to final account stage. 
  • Built Asset Management looks at the building across the building lifecycle specifically focusing on the built asset. It considers the use of building information modelling (BIMs), post occupancy evaluation (POE), soft landings and all aspects of facilities management. You will also look at refurbishment and end of life options.
  • Dissertation is an in-depth study that allows the development of research and analytical skills in one or more of the areas of the course that has been of particular interest.
  • Project Evaluation and Development consolidates all areas of study into a group project in which individuals assume the roles of a major project management organisation and are responsible for conceiving, designing, procuring, constructing and delivering a hypothetical development on a real site.

     

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