The overall aim of this programme is to provide a full and satisfying vocational experience appropriate to Honours degree level, which will develop student's ability to understand concepts, apply academic rigour and appraise critically the issues involved in the study of quantity surveying from a client’s and contractor’s perspective, in the built environment.
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Why choose this course
- We have a unique progression from pre-degree, BSc to MSc and research degrees which engages directly with employability and solutions for industrial issues.
- The School is embedded in Wales’s construction industry with close links to industrial organisations e.g. CIOB, RICS, CABE, CITB.
- Centre of excellence and innovation for Wales and the South West (CWIC).
- Staff are members of the Wales Regional Centre of Expertise, Research and Innovation group on the Circular Economy.
- Direct links and projects with TRADA.
- Live sustainable construction projects with Down to Earth.
- Strong industry links with waste management and managing construction and demolition waste.
- Practitioners from industry teaching as Lecturers with high level of experience.
- High rates of employability rates amongst our students after their studies.
- Cross-disciplinary teaching and research for the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
- MSc programmes in Property and Facilities Management, Sustainable Construction and Environmental Conservation and Management.
What you will learn
Given the sharp decline the industry has suffered in the recession it is somewhat surprising that recruitment has held up so well, this may indicate that many young people consider the industry will continue to offer rewarding employment within the UK and overseas. However, the construction industry has the advantage that it is one of the few UK industries which cannot be shipped abroad, and there is much work needed for both the UK infrastructure and housing stock.
Taken as a whole the Construction Industry is a major contributor to UK GDP (directly c. 8.5% in 2008, rising to c.10% overall when the entire value chain first-class) and a driver of historical GDP growth. The construction industry value chain consists of c.300,000 firms, including many small and medium-sized family and local businesses. The sector employs c.3 million people in a multitude of roles representing 8% of UK employment.
Year 1 | Level 4 - BSC/HND/HNC
- Building Information Modelling and CAD
- Built Environment Issues, Academic and Professional Skills
- Construction Technology 1
- Law for the Built Environment
- Science, Structural Appreciation & Materials
Year 2 | Level 5 - BSc/HND
- Built Environment Services
- Commercial Processes & Cost Management
- Construction Technology 2
- Contract Practice & Procedures
- Procurement & Project Management
- Research Methods and GIS
Year 3 | Level 6 - BSc
- Construction Project Management
- Construction Technology 3
- Cost Studies of Buildings
- Individual Research Project
- Integrated Project 3
Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. the is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Typically, such assessment will take the form of practical exercises where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities. Traditional formal time-constrained assessment is by means of tests and examinations, normally of two-hour duration.
Examinations are a traditional method of verifying that the work produced is the students’ own work. To help authenticate student coursework, some modules require that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the lecturer to monitor progress.
Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for first-class value added to the student’s learning.
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Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The need to stimulate demand within the economy using the construction industry appears to be one thing on which both political parties agree. Recently the Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable described construction as “a very big chunk of the economy” and went on to state “if we are going to get out of this period of economic crisis, the construction industry is a key driver “ Dr Cable identified housing and infrastructure as two key areas that needed to be addressed. Similarly, the shadow Chancellor has identified the need to increase the amount of housing provision.
A 2009 report by the Construction Industry Council on the impact of the recession on the professions identified that “Construction managers too will need a broader level of understanding with respect to the design and construction of the building” and that “the expected move towards greater energy efficiency and sustainability will place new demands on both construction industry professionals and construction managers and may create new opportunities”. Furthermore, the same report identified “There will be an increasing need for managers with an understanding of the nature of the building and how to operate it at its optimum efficiency”
This programme is designed with the above issues in mind. For example, module outcomes address concerns such as sustainability, energy efficiency, facilities management along with the more familiar outcomes such as management theories, literacy, problem solving and client needs. Supplementing these is a range of higher level skills which have been designed to integrate with module outcomes.
This programme will meet industry demands and in doing so provide a sound intellectually demanding vocational learning experience linked to industry and professional body a requirement that satisfies the needs of both students and employers. Furthermore, the programme team has developed the aims of the programme to enhance the development of technical competence and training at a level, which is capable of meeting industry’s current requirements for middle management.
Graduates of the Quantity Surveying Programme will find employment in either the consultant side of the industry as Quantity Surveyors, advising clients on the economics of their development projects or in roles such as Commercial Managers within the contracting side of the industry.
At the end of the course it is anticipated that graduates will have acquired sufficient skills to be able to fulfil the role of a graduate quantity surveyor in either of these sectors. Subject to the restrictions the qualification will provide them with a route to membership of a professional institution. There has only been one cohort of graduates from the Quantity Surveying and they have found employment within contracting organisations.
It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.
Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.
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