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					Foundation Degree in Construction Management

Programme Specification Document

  1. Qualification       2. Programme Title            3. UCAS Code            4. Programme Type
Foundation Degree            Construction                                    Modular Full, Part-Time
                             Management                                           and Sandwich
5. Main Purposes and Distinctive Features of the Programme
    1. Knowledge and understanding of the discipline of construction technology and
    2. Appreciation of economic, environmental, health and safety and legal risks
    3. Development of skills and competences to perform within the discipline of construction
    4. Understanding of the legal and economic frameworks in which the construction industry
    5. Preparation for participation in the activities of the construction industry and membership of
       a relevant professional body
Special Features
Vocationally oriented programme leading to employment opportunities in construction site
management, project management, estimating, buying and ite engineering.Opportunity for work
placement between levels one and two (sandwich) Interdisciplinary and work based project work.

6. What a graduate should know and be able to do on completion of the programme
                            (objectives and learning outcomes)

To gain the qualification the learner will have demonstrated; i) subject knowledge and
understanding, ii) cognitive skills, iii) discipline-related practical and professional skills and iv)
other general skills and capabilities (e.g. key/transferable/common) as specified in the learning
objectives/outcomes for approved modules in the programme. Further details of module outcomes
can be found in the programme document.
Knowledge and understanding in the context Subject-specific practical/professional
of the subject(s)                                         skills

K1 Land surveying and setting out                    S1 Ability to manage resources and time and
K2 Due regard for duties and responsibilities for    to work within a team.
safe working                                         S2 Manage the implementation of construction
K3 Construction methodology                          projects and processes.
K4 Use and application of appropriate                S3 Developing programmes for projects
management theory and methods.                       S4 Planning ahead to solve problems with the
K5 Understanding people and quality related          delivery and storage of equipment and
issues.                                              materials before they occur.
K6 Awareness of micro and macro                      S5 Communicating with all kinds of people
environmental factors impacting on business          including the public and the workforce.

Cognitive skills in the context of the               Other skills (e.g. key/transferable)
subject(s)                                           developed in subject or other contexts
C1 Identification and selection of appropriate       O1 Communicate effectively orally, in writing
tools for solving problems.                          and through drawings.
C2 The capacity for critical reasoning and           O2 Capacity to research and investigate
analysis.                                            investigate information and to learn.
C3 Analysis of information, interpreting findings.   O3 Competent in the use of information
C4 Application of scientific and design              technology tools.
principles, applying appropriate scientific and      O4 Social and political awareness and
mathematical methods.                                understanding .
C5 Discrimination between and evaluation of       O5 Numerical, manipulative and quantitative
management ideas and theories to execute          skills appropriate to construction.

7. Qualities, Skills & Capabilities Profile
         A Cognitive            B Practical      C Personal & Social              D Other
Critical Reasoning        Writing Skills         Self-motivation          Life long learning
Analysis and appraisal   Communication Skills    Organisation and time
Problem Solving          Information             Team working
Flexibility of Thought   Decision Making         Social interaction

                         Surveying skills

8. Subjects Studied, Levels, Credits & Qualifications
(Duration and structure of programme/modes of study/credit volume of study units)
2 years full-time; 3 years sandwich, 3 years part-time
Level 1; 6 No. 10 credit modules and 3 No. 20 credit modules. Level 2; 3 No. 10 credit modules, 3
No. 20 credit modules, 1 No. 30 credit module.
          Core Modules

          Construction                                                     Foundation Degree
          Management Studies                                               240 Credits
Level 2   (30 credits)
          Technology (20
          Economics (10
          Contract Procedures
          and Procurement (20
          Group Project (10
          Management Studies
          (10 credits)
          Work Based Project
          (20 credits)
Level 1   Analytical Methods                                                   120 Credits
          (10 credits)
          Business Environment
          (20 credits)
          Communications and
          Study Skills (10
          Construction and
          Materials Technology
          (20 credits)

          Studies (10 credits)
          Technology (10
          Measurement and
          Practice (10 credits)
          Processes(10 credits)
          Work Based Project
          (20 credits)

9. Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy       10. Other Information
Learning and Teaching Methods                       Date programme first offered
Active learning is promoted through tutorials,      Admissions Criteria
lectures, studio, lab and fieldwork, IT sessions,   Standard Requirements
site visits, library and guided study.                     A General Certificate of Secondary
                                                           Education in five subjects of which one
Assessment Methods                                         must     be     at    Advanced       Level.
Assessment tasks are linked to the learning                Mathematics, and English Language, or
outcomes of each module: analytical or design              a subject requiring the use of English,
assignments, research assignments, design                  must have been passed at GCSE level
submissions, project work. essays, reports and             or similar modules at Key Skills Level 3.
examinations                                               40 UCAS Tariff points
                                                           A BTEC National Diploma or Certificate
Assessment Classification System                           in    Building,     Construction,     Civil
Pass mark for individual components of                     Engineering or other related subject
assessment 40%                                             An AVCE or Advanced GNVQ
                                                           NVQ Level 3
                                                           Successful completion of a Foundation
                                                           or Access course.
                                                           Other certified prior learning deemed
                                                           equivalent to the above in accordance
                                                           with    the   Institute’s   policies    on
                                                           Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
                                                           Non-certified prior learning deemed
                                                           equivalent to the above in accordance
                                                           with the Institute’s policies on the
                                                           Accreditation of Prior Experiential
                                                           Learning (APEL).
Non Standard Entry
Cases dealt with by admissions tutor on
individual basis
Indicators of Quality and Standards
To be validated by panel with two external panel
Complies with subject benchmark.