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Construction Management BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

K200

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

One of the largest and most influential markets in the world today, the construction industry is projected to grow from US$8.5 trillion in 2015 to US$10.3 trillion in 2020. In the UK alone, it contributed £103 billion in economic output in 2014 and accounted for 6% – or 2.1 million – of all jobs.

Accompanying this growth is the commensurate demand for construction management, with professional input required at all stages of building work – from concept to detailed design, construction and maintenance. This course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), aims to prepare you to work towards chartered status and roles in construction management wherever in the world you choose.

Ranked among the 7th best universities in the country for ‘Building and town planning’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry has been educating construction professionals for over half a century, keeping in step with the changing needs of technological advancement and the growing importance of its social and environmental.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The Chartered Institute of Building

An accredited course leading to membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

What our students say...

Enthusiastic teaching, practical experience and expert knowledge allow the lecturers to deliver modules that are both interesting and relevant to real-life situations.

James Freer, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, graduated with a first in 2014, now Graduate Construction Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

Course information

The course is designed to prepare you for a career supervising all manner of construction projects, learning the principles, practices and considerations required to schedule and coordinate construction and design processes effectively, as well as the hiring and managing of specialty trade contractors, for example, plumbers, electricians or carpenters.

Covering a broad range of subject areas, the core themes include construction technology, building science and structures, the legal and regulatory framework of building, engineering surveying and construction processes, construction management, contractual procedures and construction finance.

85%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, common to other building disciplines, you will be introduced to the fundamental topics of building design and the construction process, which are essential to practitioners in all construction professions, such as what constitutes good building design and what causes damage to buildings.

You should become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of various members within construction teams with the option to transfer between courses, if you wish.

Modules

  • Design Studies (Building)

  • Surveying for Construction Management

  • Construction Technology and Building Materials

  • Group Project 1

  • Construction Technology and Building Science

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, you have the opportunity to focus on more advanced construction technology and management practice, such as project management skills and the preparation of pre- and post-tender estimating. With skyscrapers getting taller and building structures becoming larger and more complex, we will also consider the techniques used to manage and maintain vertical and horizontal control on site.

We cover the core principles and procedures of law related to the construction industry within the UK legal system and UK Law. You will be introduced to contract law and tort, employment law, dispute resolution, building regulations, law of land and property, landlord and tenant law, as well as relevant health and safety legislation. You will have the chance to consider how these legal principles could be applied to legal problems that might arise during construction activities, such as contractual disputes.

Modules

  • Law for Construction Professionals

  • Group Project 2

  • Construction Technology

  • Construction Management Practice

  • Project and Cost Management

  • Project Administration

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have the option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working on site and in office environments both in the UK and Europe.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Training

Overview

In your final year, you will deepen your knowledge of contract management, including procurement methods, tendering procedures, the contractual relationship among project participants and an awareness of all of the main standard forms of contract available in the UK construction industry.

We also focus on post-contract management practices and procedures, including construction finance. You will gain a solid understanding of basic accounting and financial principles, preparing you to apply spreadsheet techniques to analyse financial problems and better understand financial and cost control issues from a corporate management perspective.

You have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a ‘real-life’ project that will reflect the skills required in professional practice. Past students have used a variety of actual projects both in Coventry and further afield to apply their learning. You will also be expected to perform a detailed research study with the help of an experienced supervisor. You can choose a topic to suit your interests or to assist your career aspirations, with previous dissertation topics covering the use of drones in construction, the use of mobile technology to monitor construction work, and the effects of the planning software on project success.

Modules

  • Contract Management

  • Group Project 3

  • Construction Resource and Quality Management

  • Sustainability and Innovation

  • Research Practice and Communication

  • Research Dissertation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

7th

Our Building and Town and Country Planning courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Home to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.
  • Ranked 7th in the UK for ‘Building’ by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Opportunity to apply for a full year work placement which can count towards your professional Chartered status.
  • Expert visiting lecturer programme, which in the past has featured lecturers from industry, research organisations and from overseas universities, such as Purdue University in the USA.
  • Full accreditation from Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), setting you on the path to becoming a chartered builder or chartered construction manager and leading to full membership of the Institute.
  • Successful completion of a common first year makes it possible to transfer to Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying or Commercial Management in the second year if you wish.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Purdue University in the USA, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad (additional costs may apply).

Study on shared modules alongside students on a wide range of other professional disciplines, such as civil engineering, building surveying and architectural technology, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of today’s construction industry.

Your main study themes are:

  • Construction management: We aim to develop your theoretical knowledge of how vertical and horizontal control is established on site, through techniques such as levelling and traversing, and how these methods can be used to control the positional accuracy of setting out construction work on site. You will also learn how to do this using surveying instrumentation, such as total stations and more traditional levels.

  • Construction technology: You will have the opportunity develop an understanding of various aspects of the design and construction of sustainable and comfortable buildings, by incorporating the most appropriate construction technology and building materials. We will consider the design, construction and environmental performances of low-rise buildings, multi-storey and commercial framed structures, within the context of legislative influences on the layout and planning of buildings and the impact of energy conservation and climate change. We will also explore the range of building services which are installed to provide a suitable internal environment including acoustic, thermal, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

  • Design studies: Aims to develop your skills in creating, refining and presenting construction documents in various drawn formats, embedding the arithmetic associated with scale and printed output of construction drawings. Through practical, activity-led studio and location based tutorial sessions, you will develop measuring and sketching skills and use this recorded information as a basis for creating a series of construction documents, using a variety of industry standard 2D and 3D software packages. The produced construction documents will aim to follow the industry standard drawing conventions on scale and notation and will form the basis for 3D model making.

This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed part-time by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. You can start in September.

You will find that your course is taught using lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, workshop and studio sessions, supervised by academic and technical support staff. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

We try to provide you with as much real-life experience as possible with site visits to existing buildings, current construction sites and materials manufacturing sites, which in the past have included a variety of student accommodation projects local to the University, projects on the technology park and visits to Ibstock Brick in Stoke. We also encourage guest speeches from current practitioners, which have previously covered topics such as estimating software, site logistics and design.

You will have access to our Simulation Centre, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM), now used commonly across the sector to manage the information produced during a construction project, from feasibility, through construction and operation to final demolition. Using a 3D model, you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when. In the past, this has included the refurbishment of University buildings and new build designs.

In the second year, you will be expected to undertake a collaborative integrated group project with other students from Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying to demonstrate the need for collaborative working environments in the industry. You will also undertake a field course in practical surveying, which is currently in Shropshire.  This lasts for five days and includes a variety of site surveying tasks designed match site practice.

The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff and students on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods, such as presentations, laboratory work, formal examinations, technical reports, in-class test, online quizzes, posters and computer simulation.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 40%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Coursework, essays: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters etc.: 10%

20% assessed by coursework, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Building technology and construction processes; management processes and systems associated with construction.
  • Building science with respect to materials, structure, services and internal environment.
  • The legal and regulatory framework within which buildings are constructed.
  • Economics of construction, procurement and contract administration procedures.
  • Design processes used in construction and current innovations relating to the construction of buildings,
  • How quality is achieved in construction processes and products.
  • Health and safety in building design and construction.
  • Land surveying.
  • The management of building projects, including the planning, budgeting and control of costs in all aspects of the construction process.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Identify the aims and objectives of research.
  • Analyse, interpolate and present information.
  • Analyse and solve construction problems of a technical and managerial nature.
  • Reflect on the interdisciplinary and team working nature of the construction industry in order to undertake and manage construction design and the construction process.
  •  Analyse data and information sources in construction.
  • Apply techniques used for the analysis and surveying of existing buildings.
  • Apply CAD and manual drawing techniques, and other tools to construction design.
  • Undertake full-measured, dilapidation and condition surveys.
  • Write different types of property survey reports.

In a typical week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, tutorials and project work (or later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials, CAD or drawing studio each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

Construction is a global industry with the demand for building professionals overseas set to rise dramatically. The <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jul/29/un-world-population-prospects-the-2015-revision-9-7-billion-2050-fertility">United Nations[</a> has identified nine countries, which will account for half the world’s population growth between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Indonesia and Uganda.

The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which construction takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and future career as a construction manager. For example, we draw on a variety of international case studies, covering contemporary topics such as sustainability in Spain and building projects like the Sydney Opera House, Channel Tunnel and Burj Khalifa, among others.

During the course, you have the option of participating in an international fieldtrip, which provides the opportunity to experience the built environment in other countries (application and additional costs may apply). If you opt for a sandwich year, you can also spend time studying abroad; we currently have links with universities in Europe, America and Asia.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Enthusiastic teaching, practical experience and expert knowledge allow the lecturers to deliver modules that are both interesting and relevant to real-life situations.

James Freer, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, graduated with a first in 2014, now Graduate Construction Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

What our students say...

Enthusiastic teaching, practical experience and expert knowledge allow the lecturers to deliver modules that are both interesting and relevant to real-life situations.

James Freer, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, graduated with a first in 2014, now Graduate Construction Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

Enthusiastic teaching, practical experience and expert knowledge allow the lecturers to deliver modules that are both interesting and relevant to real-life situations.

James Freer, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, graduated with a first in 2014, now Graduate Construction Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK

Career prospects

The complexity and scale of modern construction projects requires construction professionals with expertise in construction management, who can work either on site or within an office to ensure they are delivered safely, within budget, on deadline and to the highest possible quality.

This course is designed to prepare you for employment managing the construction of building projects at home and abroad, for large multinational companies or regional businesses. You could find yourself working as a construction supervisor, general contractor, project manager, constructor, project engineer or site manager. Many construction managers are self-employed, but others are employed by construction management or contracting firms, property owners, developers or consulting firms.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

95%

of our graduates are in professional or managerial roles six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

£22K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £22,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Enthusiastic teaching, practical experience and expert knowledge allow the lecturers to deliver modules that are both interesting and relevant to real-life situations.

James Freer, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, graduated with a first in 2014, now Graduate Construction Manager at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.