Year one will direct students towards key concepts and principles of building surveying; modules such as construction technology, material science, surveying and legal issues will lead at this level. Built Environment Issues and Academic Skills will lay the foundation for studying at HE level, while Building Information Modelling and CAD will form the basis from which more modern forms of construction are designed and constructed.
Year two is an intermediate stage which takes the student’s personal and academic development onto a higher plane. Disciplines encountered at this stage are developed further and new topic areas are added to underpin the final year. The principles studied in year 1 are built on in Construction Technology 2, Procurement and Project Management and Environmental services. Students will be introduced to Building Pathology and Adaptation of Buildings, where reasoning behind the challenges afforded to building fabric will be examined.
Students entering their final year will have already been equipped with supporting knowledge and study skills necessary to undertake an in-depth study. At this stage, students will pursue a number of academically rigorous and practically relevant modules. At this level areas such as Sustainable Development and Contract will allow for a degree of specialisation. When combined with the Major Project, the student will have a specialisation they can potentially use as part of their future career development plan, without closing employment opportunities. Advanced construction technologies, valuation principles and professional practice areas will be the focus of study. These programmes encourage students to engage with professional bodies and outside organisations in the field of building surveying. This normally occurs during vacation periods where more flexibility in timings is available.
All honours students must complete the major project, which is considered of major importance, and as such is a 40 credit module. Here, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to apply skills, knowledge and interpretative thinking. It will involve laboratory, field, computer, information technology and/or library/desk-based study associated with aspects of their chosen topic. At this level, modules are contextual in nature and offer ample opportunity for rigorous in-depth study.