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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering Management (2019 and 2020 entry)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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/ BSc (Hons)
Programme title Construction Engineering Management
Programme code CVUB29
Length of programme 8 semesters with students undertaking industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma of Industrial Studies, which occurs between Part B and Part C.
UCAS code K291
Admissions criteria

BSc DIS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/k291

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:32:54 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To produce high calibre construction engineering management graduates equipped with the necessary underpinning skills to reach the highest echelons of the construction industry in their careers. 
  • To provide a first-class teaching and learning environment which can develop cognisance of the construction industry, facilitate lifelong learning skills and enhance students’ ability to sustain a leading role amongst construction professionals and make a valuable contribution to industry and society. 
  • To provide opportunities for students to participate and engage in leadership and team-building exercises. 
  • To enhance graduate employment and career opportunities through work placements with major construction organisations.

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

External reference points include

  • The Chartered Institute of Building (professional studies function D Construction Management)
  • 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 (esp 6.6.4),  QAA, Gloucester.

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   Construction Management: Principles of management including concepts of project management, the management of construction organisations, people, practices and procedures through design, construction and maintenance phases.

K2   Ethics and Professionalism: Roles and conduct of the construction professional

K3   Health, Safety and Wellbeing: Of all those involved in the production and use of the built environment

K4   Sustainability: In design and construction of the built environment

K5   The Construction Environment: The law, contracts, finance, economics and economic principles that impact upon the built environment and the commercial market place.

K6   Construction Technology: For buildings, building services and infrastructure and information technology and systems that facilitate the digital market place.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1   Analyse and solve construction management problems, applying professional judgement to balance risks, costs, time, quality and safety.

C2   Integrate and evaluate information and data from a variety of sources, including drawings, specifications, codes of practices, bills of quantities and legal forms of contract.

C3   Plan, conduct and report on a programme of built environment research.

C4   Analyse and solve technical construction problems.

C5   Interpret output from information technology and digital 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 elements and components of construction projects

P2   Use equipment to survey and produce drawings and reports.

P3   Prepare technical and financial reports.

P4   Design, plan for and implement solutions to technical problems.

P5   Use commercial and technical and managerial literature effectively.

P6   Produce and present technical presentations.

P7   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, communication and digital technology.

T5   Apply mathematical skills relevant to construction management.

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 informed decisions.

4. Programme structure

4.1         Part A - Introductory Modules

4.1.1      Semesters 1 & 2

(i)  COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120)

Module Code

Module Title

Modular Weight


Tectonics 1 - An Introduction to Materials, Structure and Construction



Professional Skills



Legal and Economic Context of the Built Environment



Construction Technology (Buildings)



Professional Practice (CEM)



Measurement and Site Surveying (CEM)





4.2       Part B - Degree Modules

4.2.1      Semester 1 & 2 

i)    COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120) 

Module Code

Module Title

Modular Weight


Construction Technology (Infrastructure)



Mechanical & Electrical Services



Contract Administration, Law and Procurement



Planning, Estimating and Cost Management



Sustainable Building Design



Construction Project Delivery



ii)    OPTIONAL MODULES (none) 


NB: Part I – Diploma of Industrial Studies is mandatory on this degree programme


4.3      Part C - Degree Modules

Modules with their weights in parentheses are taught in Semesters 1 and 2. 

4.3.1    Semester 1 

(i)  COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40) 

Module Code

Module Title

Modular Weight


Dissertation (o/a 30: Sem1=10; Sem2=20)



Maintenance Repair & Refurbishment



Advanced Estimating & Planning



Teamwork & Leadership


 (ii)  OPTIONAL MODULES (20 credits from)

Module Code

Module Title

Modular Weight


Project Definition and Optimisation 1



BIM and Collaborative Design Management 1



Construction Contracts 1



Level 6 Option (20/10) – Management/technology topic



4.3.4    Semester 2 

(i)  COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50) 

Module Code

Module Title

Modular Weight


Dissertation (o/a 30: Sem1=10; Sem2=20)



Management of People, Projects and Organisations



Advanced Construction



Project Definition and Optimisation 2



(ii)  OPTIONAL MODULES (10 credits from) 

Module Code

Module Title

Modular Weight


BIM and Collaborative Design Management 2



Construction Contracts 2


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1   In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to 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 Part B 40: Part C 60 to determine the final percentage mark.

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