For the first two years of the programme students follow a common curriculum. Students who successfully complete Year 1 and Year 2 may choose either the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management or the Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying in Year 3.
What is Construction?
Construction is a process of the built environment which involves many areas of employment. For modern, complex buildings it involves the commissioning, management, design, and assembly of huge amounts of raw materials and the use of considerable labour resources.
What is Construction Management?
Construction Management deals with the organisation and management of a construction project. The Construction Manager monitors the progress and quality of the work on site, supervising and co-ordinating subcontractors and specialist suppliers. A number of different terms are used to describe the construction management role – these include project manager, contracts manager and building manager. The Construction Manager has overall control of the progression of the project and is responsible for ensuring that the required personnel, materials and equipment are available in the correct sequence and at the appropriate time. She/he must also ensure that all health and safety regulations are met.
What is Quantity Surveying?
Quantity Surveying is concerned with the planning, procurement, implementation and operation of construction projects, from inception to completion. Quantity Surveying aims to provide value for money through the efficient cost management of the construction process. The objective of Quantity Surveying is to control cost, limit risk and add value to a project.
The Quantity Surveyor chooses the most appropriate procurement method, prepares the tendering documents, advises on the selection of contractors, checks the progress of the work on site and calculates payments due to contractors. The Quantity Surveyor thus ensures that the design and construction of the project delivers value for the client.
About Construction Management/Quantity Surveying
The Construction Manager monitors the progress and quality of the work on site, supervising and coordinating subcontractors and specialist suppliers.
The objective of Quantity Surveying is to control cost, limit risk, and add value to a project.
About the Course
For the first two years of the programme students follow a common curriculum. Students who successfully complete Year 1 and Year 2 may choose either the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management or the Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying in Year 3. An added bonus is that on successful completion of Year 2, students will be awarded a Higher Certificate in Science in Construction.
The Construction Common Entry Level 7 degree programme is for students interested in both construction management and quantity surveying as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow. This Common Entry degree programme gives students the opportunity to see both disciplines first hand. Through the various modules on offer, and interaction with the lecturers, student can decide which discipline suits him/her best.
In addition to lectures, time is also given to practical work in surveying, drawing, project work, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Formal work placement (minimum of four weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in CIT together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
This course qualifies for exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Building.
Suitably qualified graduates may apply for admission to Year 4 of
What is the advantage of studying the Common Entry?
The student has the flexibility of the common two years of the course before having to decide on which specialist option they want to graduate in.
What level of drawing is required for this course?
Drawing is a useful skill but not essential, it helps students understand the technology that they will ultimately be managing or measuring.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Construction.