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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying (2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2019/20

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BSc (Hons) DIS
Programme title Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying
Programme code CVUB18
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 8 semesters, two of which comprise students undertaking industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma of Industrial Studies between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code HK22
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/HK22

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 04 Apr 2019 11:10:56 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an honours degree programme of the highest international standing in commercial management and quantity surveying.
  • To create a learning environment that stimulates, engages and excites students about their future career potential in construction technology, law, measurement, and construction commercial management such that they can reach the highest echelons of the construction industry. 
  • To develop graduate cognisance of the construction industry that facilitates lifelong learning skills and enhances their ability to build and sustain a career at the leading edge of their profession. 
  • To equip graduates with the portfolio of skills, depth of understanding and attitude required to embrace future evolution of the construction industry and changes to the commercial management and quantity surveying profession within it.
  • To enhance graduate career and employment opportunities by facilitating sponsorship with major construction companies.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

External reference points include:

  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (2014). Part A: Setting and Maintaining Academic Standards: The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies. QAA, Gloucester.
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (2016). Subject Benchmark Statement: Land, Construction, Real Estate and Surveying. QAA, Gloucester
  • RICS (2018). RICS Requirements and Competencies Guide: August 2018. RICS, London.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1.       Commercial Management: The project and strategic decision making that ensure competitiveness.

K2.       Law: The law as it relates to the construction industry.

K3.       Contract Administration: The analytical methods and procedures used to apply construction contracts to projects.

K4.       Construction Technology: How buildings and civil engineering projects are constructed.

K5.       Measurement and Quantification: The analytical methods used to quantify and describe construction works to common standards.

K6.       Digital Technologies: Information technology systems relevant to the digitisation of the construction industry and the management of its projects.

K7.       Ethics and Professionalism: Roles and conduct of the construction professional.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1.      Plan, conduct and report a programme of original research.

C2.      Analyse and solve construction commercial problems, applying professional judgment to balance risks, costs time, quality and safety.

C3.      Analyse and solve construction legal problems.

C4.      Evaluate and process information and data from a variety of sources, including, but by no means limited to, drawings, specifications, codes of practice, bills of quantities and legal forms of contract.

C5.      Interpret output from information technology systems to accurately predict and facilitate construction project outcomes. 

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1.       Quantify and measure building and civil engineering structures.

P2.       Use equipment to survey and produce digital drawings and reports.

P3.       Prepare technical and financial reports and documents.

P4.       Give technical presentations.

P5.       Use commercial and financial data.

P6.       Use computational tools and packages.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1.       Communicate in a variety of media to suit the professional context.

T2.       Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

T3.       Manage resources of time and money.

T4.       Use information and communication technology.

T5.       Apply mathematical skills relevant to the construction industry.

T6.       Learn independently in familiar and unfamiliar situations.

T7.       Practice continuing professional development within the context of professional membership of an authoritative institution.

T8.       Balance risks and make decisions.

4. Programme structure

4.1       Part A - Introductory Modules                                           

4.1.1    Semesters 1 & 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)

Code

Title

Credits

CVA057

Tectonics 1 - An Introduction to Materials, Structure and Construction

20

CVA122

Construction Technology (Buildings)

20

CVA123

Professional Practice (CMQS)

20

CVA121

Legal and Economic Context of the Built Environment

20

CVA101

Professional Skills

20

CVA124

Measurement and Site Surveying (CMQS)

20

 

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES (none) 

 

4.2       Part B – Degree Modules                                                    

4.2.1    Semesters 1 & 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)

Code

Title

Credits

NB01

Construction Technology (Infrastructure)

20

NB02

Mechanical and Electrical Services

20

NB03

Construction Law and Contract Administration

20

NB04

Planning, Estimating, Cost Monitoring and Control

20

NB06

Measurement of Complex Structures

20

NB09

Management of Finance and Risk

20

 

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

 

4.3       Part C – Degree Modules                                                     

 

4.2.1    Semester 1

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)

Code

Title

Credits

CVC032

Research Dissertation (30)

10

NC03

Project Definition and Optimisation (20)

10

NC06

Strategic Commercial Management (20)

10

NC07

Advanced Estimating and Planning (10)

10

NC08

Construction Contracts (20)

10

NC11

Teamwork and Leadership (10)

10

 

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

 

4.2.2    Semester 2

(i)         COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)

Code

Title

Credits

NC01

Dissertation (30)

20

NC02

Management of People, Projects and Organisations (10)

10

NC03

Project Definition and Optimisation (20)

10

NC06

Strategic Commercial Management (20)

10

NC08

Construction Contracts (20)

10

 

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES (none)

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1       In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to Part C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also accumulate 120 credits in each Part.

5.2       Candidates cannot progress from Part B to the DIS year until Part B progression requirements have been met.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio 40% Part B : 60% Part C to determine the final percentage mark.

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