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PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION                                             ADC/ASC/FINAL1

Awarding body                   University of Brighton
School                          Environment and Technology
Faculty                         Science and Engineering
Partner institution(s)
                                Course status

                                Host Department
Location of Study/campus        Moulsecoomb
Professional, Statutory and
Regulatory Body
Award and titles                Award                        Title
Final award                     MSc                          Sustainability of the Built
Intermediate award              Postgraduate Diploma         Sustainability of the Built
Intermediate award              Postgraduate Certificate     Sustainability of the Built
Mode of study                   Duration of study            Maximum registration
                                (standard)                   period
Full-time                       12 months                    60 months
Part Time                       24 months                    72 months
Start date for programme        October 2007
Course codes/categories
JACS code
UCAS code
QAA Subject Benchmark
CATS points for course
Admissions Agency
Direct to School
Admissions criteria
Good honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.


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Course Leader (or Course     Professor Andrew Miller
Development Leader)
Admissions Tutor             Professor Andrew Miller

Examination and Assessment

External Examiner(s)         Ms. Paola Sassi

Examination Board(s)         MSc Sustainability of the Built Environment

Approval/start dates
Start date (month/session)
                             Approval date                Review date
Validation                   2007
Programme Specification
Aims:      The aims of the programme are:

            To develop a critical understanding of the factors affecting the
            sustainability of the built environment.

            To develop a critical awareness of the complex issues related to the
            environmental impacts of buildings and to develop the skills to use
            appropriate evaluation tools.

            To develop the appropriate research and communication skills to
            undertake research at masters level.

Learning    The outcomes of the programme provide information of how the
outcomes    primary aims are demonstrated in students following this

            Knowledge and theory:
              Critical awareness of factors affecting environmental
               sustainability and display mastery of their interdependencies with
               social and economic factors.
              Critical awareness of the evaluation of environmental impacts of
               buildings based on a whole life-cycle approach.
              A comprehensive understanding of energy consumption of
               buildings, demands for fuel and emissions associated with fossil
               and renewable sources and their interdependencies.
              An advanced understanding of the resource implications of
               building materials and methods of construction.

               Use of appropriate commercial tools and
                software for energy assessment of buildings,
                life-cycle assessment and environmental
                performance of buildings.
               Transferable research skills to develop,
                undertake and report a Masters level project
               Critical analysis together with transferable
                written and oral communication skills to
                disseminate findings
               Develop to a high standard the skills to
                undertake an extensive work programme as an
               Ability to work constructively as part of a
                team at a senior level.

The course has been designed to meet the demands of an increasingly important component
of the construction and property industry. These demands are driven by environmental
imperatives (BEM37 and IAM20) and by the implementation of the EU directive on Energy
Performance of Buildings and our own Building Regulations (BEM38 and BEM39).

Students have access to a broad range of optional modules (GYM01, GYM02, IAM02,
IAM27, IAM28, IAM32, IAM33) which develop individual skills and critical understanding
of different factors impacting on the sustainability of the built environment.

The programme has been developed to include a combination of 20CATS modules presented
over the whole year (long thin) and those presented over one semester in order to be
compatible with MScs currently being offered in Construction Management, Project
Management and Facilities Management. Modules are also offered through a combination
of short courses.

LEVEL       Status*       Module Title                                      Credit
            Compulsory    IAM20 Impact of Buildings on the Environment      20

                          GBM01 Masters Project                             60

                          BEM37 Sustainable Construction                    20

                          BEM38 Sustainable Energy for Buildings            20

                          BEM39 Energy Assessment for Buildings             20

            Optional      GYM01 Introduction to GIS                         All 20
                          GYM02 Applications in GIS
                          IAM02 Ecological Principles
                          IAM32 Case Studies in Environmental
                          IAM27 Environmental Impact Assessment
                          IAM33 Air Quality Management
                          IAM28 Systems for Environmental

Energy                   Sustainable
Assessment for           Energy for
Buildings                Buildings
(BEM39)                  (BEM38)
                 20                        20

Sustainable              Impact of Buildings
Construction             on the Environment

(BEM37)                  (IAM20)                    Masters Project
                 20                        20                    60

In addition the student elects to study 40 credits of M level modules from a suite of
modules offered in the School of the Environment.

Learning         The course has been developed using the University’s modular structure
and              providing flexibility for student learning and for further evolution of the
teaching         course to reflect advances in the subject and the demands of the built
                 environment professions.

                 Module material is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials,
                 workshops and projects. Taught modules are normally based on two
                 hours contact time per week per 20 CAT module with the remaining time
                 devoted to private study and project work.

                 The course has been developed and the modules timetabled to enable both
                 full and part-time modes of study.

                 The Masters Project (60 CATS) plays two major roles in student learning,
                 firstly to develop the student’s ability to identify, formulate, execute and
                 report upon an individual programme and secondly to develop their
                 specialist knowledge and understanding of a topic related to the
                 sustainability of the built environment. Students are provided with a
                 series of lectures and seminars developing appropriate research skills and
                 expectations. Although the project is primarily a self motivated
                 programme, progress is monitored through interim scoping study reports
                 and progress presentations.

Assessment       Assessment is primarily based on a combination of coursework and
                unseen written examination.

                Coursework components will be used to evaluate the student’s acquisition
                of the required skills, such as energy assessment techniques and use of
                software, together with their ability to integrate their assessment in the
                broader context of sustainability and the ability to work as part of a team.
                The means of assessment will include seminar presentations, written
                reports and oral examinations.


The course regulations are in accordance with the University's General Examination
and Assessment Regulations (available from the school office or the Registry).

In addition, the following course-specific regulations apply:

All modules carry a 50% pass mark and 40% threshold mark

Central support: all students benefit from:

University induction week
University Student Handbook
Extensive library facilities
Computer pool rooms
E-mail and internet access
Student welfare services
Personal tutor for advice and guidance
Course specific: in addition, students on this course benefit from:
Research focus of the Centre for Sustainability of the Built Environment
Course tutors actively engaged in research and dissemination in the field of
Sustainability of the Built Environment
Course Handbook
Course Leader monitoring and supporting progress

Education for Sustainable Development Policy
The University of Brighton is committed to the principles of sustainable development.
Environmental Sustainability is the underlying theme for the whole of the MSc
Sustainability of the Built Environment with evaluation of finite resources (materials,
energy and water) and the impact of pollution caused by combustion of fossil fuels to
manufacture building materials and to maintain a comfortable environment within
buildings being fundamental to the course.

Economic and social implications of sustainability are addressed through the
consideration of ‘one planet living’ in Sustainable Construction and whole life cycle
costing in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Performance of Buildings.

Graduates in Sustainability of the Built Environment are equipped to make a major
contribution to the design, construction, operation and disposal of buildings. As
buildings are responsible for approximately 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in the
UK their contribution can be significant.

Research informed Teaching
This course is delivered by research-active staff and their research interests are
reflected throughout the course. The course is founded on the work of the Centre for
Sustainability of the Built Environment (CSBE) which was developed as a
collaborative venture with the University of Rouen in France and funded by the EU.
Research programmes such sustainable refurbishment, carbon footprinting,
development of innovative materials and use of natural materials provide case studies
and lecture materials.

Professional contacts and research experience of the staff bring added value to project
work within modules and to relevance of the Masters Project.

More detailed information about the course can be found in a range of documents,
School of the Environment Student Handbook
General Examination and Assessment Regulations for Taught Courses
MSc. Skills handbook
MSc. Dissertation handbook
This section details external indicators of the quality of the provision
QAA Subject Review outcome and date

National student awards

Professional accreditation:
[full details of professional accreditation
can be found under course structure]

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