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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

K25F

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Why you should study a Civil Engineering and Construction course at the University of Derby

Offering substantial hands-on experience, our BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Property Development is an excellent route into a career offering a high level of responsibility and rewards.

Build your skills on a foundation year

Taking a foundation year first is an ideal choice if you have the potential and ambition to study this BSc (Hons) programme but lack the formal entry requirements or feel you are not quite ready to embark on a full honours degree right now.

It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career direction since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year focuses on general concepts in subjects such as design and construction science, together with essential scholarship skills for technologists.

Gain real-world experience

The first stage of the honours degree introduces you to practical skills in construction technology, develops your ability to interpret data and gives you an understanding of the theories of construction management. Throughout, we encourage you to challenge accepted ideas and analyse competing theories.

As you progress, you will gain a deeper knowledge of construction management through Interdisciplinary Professional Practice and Independent Study.

There is also an optional placement year which gives you the opportunity to gain an additional qualification for your CV, the Diploma in Professional Practice.

What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 3BU500

Construction Science

This module explains the basics and principles of construction science by covering the three main areas of Structure, Materials and Environmental to provide a broad foundation of knowledge required by you in building designing and therefore preparing you for further studies in specific fields such as Architectural Technology and Interior Architecture & Venue Design. It also aims to introduce to you much of the construction based terminology and phraseology needed to be understood in the further studies.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3BU501

Introduction to Design

Humans have been designing since someone noticed that you could produce a cutting edge by banging two rocks together. However, design as it is practised today has become a complicated process, especially where huge investments of capital and time are involved in the development of buildings and products. While the development of new buildings is dependent on sound engineering principles there is also a need for creativity in both the conceptualisation and realisation of their outcome, without the creative component there would be little differentiation between solutions that address similar criteria resulting in stagnation.

This module has been developed to engender a creative approach to the development of new solutions to design problems through the exploration of form and space while recognising both historical and contemporary influences the culture and the environment within which design is practised.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EJ502

Preliminary Mathematics

This module is an introduction to Mathematics in an engineering/technical context. It will concentrate on the principal mathematical tools of Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Calculus and will introduce you to the fundamental use of Maths in understanding and predicting the behaviour of engineering and technical processes and systems work.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EJ503

Scholarship for Technologists

A crucial stage in the development of the student is in the assumption of responsibility for learning. The student must be self-motivated, organised and independent. The development of critical thinking and meticulousness is fundamental to university study. This module provides the student with a variety of scholarly and communication competencies necessary for a successful career in the engineering and technology fields. The module aims to develop the ability of the student to investigate, analyse and communicate technologic concepts effectively.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3EJ504

Technology Project

The module will develop your ability to work independently and safely, to carry out effective investigation within this technical field, and to apply relevant practical techniques.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4BU502

Construction Materials Technology

Practitioners within the construction industry must be able to choose the most effective material for design and build applications with due regard to the material properties, function, method of manufacture and cost.

This module introduces students to fundamental materials concepts that will enable them to understand and choose materials for practical applications within the construction industry. Use will be made of materials selection software and the module will have a practical applications-based slant. The environmental aspects of materials are also considered including sustainability, and the health and safety aspects related to the handling and use of construction materials.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BU503

Construction Organisation and Economics

The initiation of a building project is a multifaceted process involving numerous industrial players. This module examines the framework that is the UK Construction Industry from the initial economic principles that underline the demand for built assets, through the design process to the construction process and ultimate satisfaction of the client body that initiated the project.

For access to large construction sites employees and construction professionals have to apply for and obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, to apply for this everyone working on a construction site have to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4BU504

Environmental Design and Services

The long term decline in the supply of fossil fuels and their contribution to climate change is resulting in the design of buildings undergoing significant re-analysis.

This module aims to develop a broad understanding of the environmental criteria that contribute to the creation of a healthy environment within a building without imposing more than necessary on natural resources and the local environment.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4BU505

Site Surveying (WBL)

Surveying techniques are of concern to many built environment practitioners – either for recording existing topographical and built features or for setting out new work.

This module offers you a combination of theory based and practical fieldwork to develop a sound knowledge of the essential surveying procedures and recording protocols, linking traditional manual techniques to applications, so that you can feel confident in the modern workplace. The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. Final survey drawings will be produced and annotated and you will carry out simple setting out activities using industry best practice.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4BU506

Technology and Structures 1

The module aims to establish and develop a base of knowledge of the technology and structures associated with low-rise buildings and their infrastructure, comprising both predominantly masonry techniques and framed structures.

The learner will study health and safety requirements within a design and construction context. Designers’ concerns in choice and specification of components are considered along with assembly methods, against a background of regulatory controls and safety issues in the approaches and equipment deployed in construction operations. Sustainability and environmental concerns are considered throughout the module wherever appropriate, by looking at the different methods, materials and/or better practices. An illustrative approach is used to support learning, supplemented by site visits.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4BU512

CAD and Mathematics for Construction

Traditional design environments engage conventional drafting techniques to relay thoughts and ideas into reality, requiring competent personnel with considerable drafting experience. Any revisions have to be manually amended which impose constraints on resources (specifically time). The emergence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages has revolutionised the way designs are transformed into reality, significantly improving efficiency in term of editing and revising drawings.

This module invites you to prepare, modify and enhance designs using CAD software as the principal platform. You will be able to explore various features and functions of CAD software and apply them in the design process. It provides you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design in the built environment industry.

The primary aim of the maths element of this module is provide the fundamental knowledge and techniques required to underpin the core units of a construction or quantity surveying degree programme. The main mathematical topics covered by the module include geometry and trigonometry, mensuration, and statistics together with the algebraic processes that support these areas of study. The use of spreadsheets will be developed as an analytical tool. Assessment of the mathematics element of the module will be by a single piece of coursework involving the use of mathematical concepts in a construction context and a time constrained examination of 2 hours duration.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BU502

Maintenance and Refurbishment

A large part of the construction industry's resources is devoted to maintaining buildings in a state fit for their use, and refurbishing them. Design skills are exercised in the choices of materials and methods and you need to be aware of causes of deterioration in buildings and approaches to maintaining them.

The module will discern the choices available for extending a building’s useful life and identify the processes in carrying out the work. The challenges of ensuring a sustainable future for listed buildings will be considered.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BU503

Measurement and Cost Studies

This module introduces you to pre-contract quantification of construction work and the skills required for the preparation of Bills and Quantities. To provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to competently perform contractors estimating in a built environment context. An introduction to and application of the current method of measurement for building works with current methods of measurement (NRM2).

This is predominantly a workshop-based module with Tutor support. There will be a limited number of key lectures, with student-centred learning based upon core texts.

This module exposes you to building economics related to building design, traditional pre−contract estimating techniques (single and multi-rate). Measurement and cost planning at pre-contract stage. Sources of data for cost prediction. Tender stage planning as an aid to estimating; cost control techniques, cost prediction and control; Cost modelling.

The interpretation of graphical and textual project information; mensuration techniques and conventional methods of booking and preparing dimensions.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BU504

Procurement, Contracts and Legal Studies

The module seeks to help students understand the relationships between parties involved in procuring, designing and delivering construction related services in an environment that reflects clients' changing requirements. Contractual responsibilities of parties are examined, and the central themes of cost, time and output/quality are illustrated to encourage you to think about appropriate administrative methods
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5BU506

Project Planning and Development

The construction process involves a myriad of activities that must be efficiently planned and controlled if any construction project is to be delivered to meet client expectations with respect to cost, time, and quality. This module covers essential methods and techniques required for efficient planning and controlling construction activities and for improving productivity of the construction process.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BU510

Technology and Structures 2

This module enhances the capability of students to develop detailed analysis and synthesis skills to the understanding of framed structures and the materials used in their construction.

This is achieved by a clear demarcation between substructure and superstructure elements which is an essential element of the assessment strategy. In addition, you will develop recognition that the construction industry is moving towards greater use of prefabricated components and processes at the expense of traditional craft categorisation to meet the demands for buildings in the future.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BU507

Property Development and Appraisal

Property development is demand-led relative to certain appropriate conditions within the market, time and the vagaries of the location in which the project is to be constructed. The basis of whether to build or not is one where accurate information is supplied to a client on which to base a decision. This module examines the conditions in which developments proceed or not.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5HX508

Infrastructure Surveying And Asset Management 2

This module builds on your knowledge of land surveying practice and techniques from Surveying 1 and basic structural theory in Structures 1 and extends this to consider asset management in an infrastructure context.

You will gain a working knowledge of modern survey equipment and its care in the field. The module will cover modern techniques of data capture, manipulation, error correction and presentation using computer software and hardware, and GPS technology. The module will relate surveying to the collection of field data and its manipulation for GIS based asset record systems. Management of the stock of bridges structures and building assets are a key feature of civil engineering management in both the public and private sector. Inspection, monitoring and assessment and prioritisation of repairs are key skills. 

There is a growing need to re-use existing structures and buildings and to maximize their useful life through adaptation and strengthening. The module will provide you with analysis skills coupled with practical solutions and an understanding of the deterioration profiles of common materials.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ME886

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting.

The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives you the opportunity to relate your academic knowledge to the work environment.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5ME887

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BU501

Facilities Management and Property Development

This module introduces students to facilities management and property development. It is designed to make you aware of all aspects, including property acquisition and disposal, running and servicing buildings, security and catering, information technology systems and space management.

The module aims to develop a broad understanding of the facilities management market which was valued at more than 40 billion pounds in 2011, a growing sector in built environment servicing. Facilities management is a logical development in a competitive market that characterises the free world's business environment. Recognition of the need to establish a single responsible organisation to achieve optimum results has been the key to success in meeting the strategic challenges faced by many organisations in their use of built assets.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BU503

Professional Practice and Project Management

This module is designed to give you the skills and confidence to work as part of a built environment interdisciplinary team to assess, plan and develop a simulated or real built environment development project brief.

It will enable you to assess the skills, knowledge and experiences gained from your programme and bring these to an interdisciplinary team environment in order to collaborate successfully with other professions to produce a complete design and build solution for a set brief. It further aims to allow you to reflect on the experience of working in an interdisciplinary team and evaluate your professional performance in this scenario.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6BU510

Construction Value and Cost Studies 2

To provide the student with the knowledge and ability to apply the principles and practices of financial modelling and development appraisal and valuation in a built environment context.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6BU996

Independent Study

The module provides a framework for selecting a feasible topic and clarifying the scope of a proposal; an introduction to planning research and finding sources of information; a context for structuring and presenting written information.

This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research based study, demonstrating an ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. And Construction Management. It provides the continuation of personal development skills from what you have learnt at level 4 and 5. It is a rigorous and distinguishing feature of honours degree programmes. It is a vehicle to both fully develop and test your ability to work independently on a study, critically analyse data, argue rationally, and to draw independent conclusions that are clearly presented.

The study encourages in- depth, detailed study of a topic derived from your own area of special interest in order to expand understanding of cultural, managerial, technological, scientific, or design aspects associated with Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management; Construction Management. Research ethics should be guided the University research ethics committee; details can be found at: http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/uod/researchethicsandintegrity/researchethics/

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HX503

Civil Engineering and Construction Management

The objective of the module is to gain an understanding of the key principles of the management of civil engineering works, projects and operations. The ability to manage across a number of disciplines and functions within a civil engineering context is an essential skill for the civil engineer in a management role.

The working knowledge of all essential relevant legislation involving health and safety, sustainability, environmental, commercial and employment issues will be explored in detail. Practical business management techniques are also covered with the emphasis on understanding and applying the areas of technical compliance and financial control. A key element of the module will be the adoption of established techniques such as quality management, continuous improvement and innovation.

The module will introduce the concept of professional ethics, and the link to sustainability in construction and the investigation of existing and newly developing technologies designed to address energy demand through alternative sources.

Management of multi-disciplinary teams and organisational design will be a key feature and the module explores these issues and attempts to supply the student with the practical tools of effective organisational management and the critical evaluation techniques needed to apply them successfully.

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module you should be able to:

  1. Identify and create the safety, quality and other essential components involved in the establishment of a civil engineering management system. Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate management structures, techniques and procedures to a range of engineering, construction and operational situations.
  2. Apply the principles of total quality management within the concept of the latest health and safety and sustainability legislation. Understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to maintain a high level of professional and ethical conduct in civil engineering.

Module Content

Health & Safety Management:

Knowledge of basic legislation applicable to projects and operations Safety management systems and Audits Accident prevention and motivation theory

Environmental Legislation and Issues:

Current legislation and how it affects the industry and the markets they operate in plus the underlying issues and how they can be tackled.

Total Quality Management:

Quality assurance development and gurus ISO9001 and accreditation processes Continuous improvement & auditing

Technical Management:

British standards, legislative regulations, Eurocodes Auditing principles and practice

Project Management:

Advanced solutions to complex projects Network analysis, planning and critical path, Control systems Multi – disciplinary teams

Financial and Commercial Systems:

Business management systems Target setting Key Performance Indicators , Cost Value Reconciliation principles Types of contracts, NEC, subcontractor monitoring

Human Resources Management:

Employment law and transfer rights, Equality and diversity Motivation, Teamwork and Leadership theory and practice Organisational design

Professional Ethical Questions and Constraints:

How ethics affects the decision making process of both the organisation and the individual, within the local, national and global market places. ICE Code of Conduct

Sustainability Principles:

Sustainable construction principles. The world’s changing energy scene; climate change and demand for alternative energy technology schemes. Global, EC, and UK policy, legislation and the implications, benefits and liabilities for stakeholders.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

The course offers plenty of practical, hands-on experience and there is an emphasis on seminars, small group study and tutorials. We also offer an optional placement year between stages two and three.

In addition, you could take the opportunity to join UK and European study trips. We encourage you to display your work in exhibitions too.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including assignments, exams, presentations, class tests, case studies and portfolios. These assessment methods will help you develop your presentation and communication skills which are essential for professional practice.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Clearing

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Careers

Once you have completed the course, you will have every opportunity to pursue an exciting professional career in construction management, project management, site management or manufacturing. Because the degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), you will be eligible for membership (MCIOB).

Our graduates go on to take up roles with the main construction and civil engineering contractors for the public sector, including all the major companies. Some enter the teaching profession and others undertake further postgraduate study such as our MSc in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

 

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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