Building Surveying module details

Year one (Level 4)

Architectural Representation 1

This module deals with the visualisation and communication skills which involve digital and non-digital means of cognition, manipulation and construction representation. This module deals with a wide range of 2D and 3D drawing and modelling techniques and presents a wide platform of architectural and construction drawing techniques. The focus is on technical expression and representation by experiencing a range of techniques to be built upon in future building design studios. Alongside the practical application and understanding of techniques is covered, encouraging an interest in a varied range of technical conventions.

Building Technology 1

This module explores Architecture and its place in the built environment with regard to technology and the environment. Studies shall involve the awareness of technological theories that inform the practice of the professional as well as the knowledge of science of materials and structural components. The module focusses upon three core areas of knowledge, with regard to small to medium sized buildings: Construction / material principles / strategies; Structural principles / strategies; Environmental design principles and strategies.

Architectural Detailing

The transition from architectural idea to build reality is composed of countless decisions that are made in a context of ever-changing circumstances. Professionals are responsible for designing and drawing for each building a set of details that show how it will be put together. This course is therefore intended to help first-year students to become proficient with architectural detailing, Illustrating typical construction details, processes and concepts. Using a set of detail patterns such as Controlling Water, Controlling Heat, Controlling Sound, Providing Structural Support, Health and Safety, students will learn how to use codes, standards and conventional practices that are relevant for appropriate detailing solutions.

Building Technology 1

This module explores Architecture and its place in the built environment with regard to technology and the environment. Studies shall involve the awareness of technological theories that inform the practice of the professional as well as the knowledge of science of materials and structural components. The module focusses upon three core areas of knowledge, with regard to small to medium sized buildings: Construction / material principles / strategies; Structural principles / strategies; Environmental design principles and strategies.

Sustainable Building Principles

This module introduces students to the concept and principles of sustainability, enabling understanding of the debate related to the impact that global growth and development has on the natural environment by the built environment particularly the role of buildings. This module introduces the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural sustainability principles and policies can be applied into the buildings to deliver liveable built environment. The use of sustainable technologies, materials, and processes to minimise the ecological footprints of buildings remains the focus of this module, highlighting the role of the professional in creating affordable, biodiverse rich, healthy, resource efficient buildings and supportive of communities.

Building and Land Surveying

In this module you will learn the principles and practical skills of measured building surveying and site surveying. The practice-based environment in which building surveying sits will be explained. These skills are embedded in the course structure along with the ability to communicate information using appropriate technical language and drawings in the most effective manner.

Year two (Level 5)

Contracts, Law and Procurement  

Building on Level 4 studies this module will further develop your knowledge and understanding of this area by studying key topics related to the administration of construction-related contracts, and applying the practices and procedures to industry-related situations. You will explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts and contract law used in the building industry, you will also explore the procedures related to contract administration, the use of standard-form contracts, the influence of procurement methods on roles and responsibilities of stakeholders; the multi-disciplinary nature of procurement is explained and explored is explained within an understanding of inclusivity. The module continues the concept of Professionalism, responsibilities to the client and the public, communication and negotiation (RICS core competencies).

Building Technology 2

The module extends and develops Level 4 studies in the study and understanding of professionals. It focuses on the technological strategies related to small to mid-scale buildings (commercial /public / institutional) and the forces, which dictate their sophistication - namely climate, site, and scale. A series of lectures, which document techniques and systems, focusing upon discrete subsets of construction structure and environmental strategy including building performance, shall be delivered and enhanced by examination of precedents. The subject will be reinforced by projects and case studies, informing concurrent work in the design module and Communications module. Specific design projects will relate to the above. Particular emphasis will be placed on the response to a brief, outdoor climate, integration of design and technology, and the role that technology and environmental design have as determinant in the design and form-generating process. Three-dimensional appreciation of space and assembly, and an effective graphical/model explanation of the proposals are crucial. The module is designed for students to develop design projects with focus upon the application of technological strategies and systems. Projects will be developed using digital visualisation and measurement tools, such as BIM, CAD, as well as analytical building performance modelling tools.

Building Surveying Practice

Within the current professional framework, this module will provide the understanding of the practical application of practice and become familiar with the surveying, design, technical and legislative elements of medium sized renovation/new build projects. The module will also provide the opportunity to understand the legislative framework that encompasses existing buildings. The student will continue improve their skills in Building Information Modelling (BIM 2) and how these subjects contribute to the successful design, specification and management of existing buildings. Students in this module will become cognizant with the Professional role of the Building Surveyor in the context of both RICS and societal and client parameters.

Professional Practice

The module introduces issues related to sustainable development, reuse and resilience of the built environment. It provides the opportunity for students to learn how to apply systems thinking in decision-making on planning, infrastructure systems, inclusivity and development of understanding of issues related to professional practice. In addition to planning, building regulations, British standards, BREEAM and SAP, students will understand the importance and practice of Health & Safety regulations and procedures in the work place. This would enable students going on a placement/sandwich year to appreciate what is expected of them in industry.

Building Conservation and Measurement

The module deals with existing buildings and land relating clients’ needs to the appraisal of the condition of a building, and make recommendations including new build to achieve client’s aims. The module focuses on environmental conservation, and re use and adaption of existing buildings and to develop student awareness of sustainability issues facing surveyors. The module will include theory and practice of Facilities Management and the life cycle management approach to existing buildings.

Optional Placement Year 

Students will be supported in carrying out a placement year in industry that is closely aligned to their subject and has academic support throughout. Placements offer students the opportunity to acquire relevant industry experience, make contacts and help fast-track their journey into graduate employment. Placements are available in a broad range of organisations, nationally or abroad. During the placement the student will normally be treated as a regular employee of the organisation, with associated responsibilities, supervision and developmental opportunities. All placements are quality approved and risk assessed by the university prior to commencement.

This placement year can potentially count as part of the required experience for RICS professional status.

Year three (Level 6)

Contract and Law                                  

This module develops in students a knowledge and understanding of the general principles of contract law and its application to construction contracts. It further informs students about the key issues surrounding construction contracts, the role, obligations and responsibilities of the employer and the contractor.

Building Assessment and Management

The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the holistic nature of Building Surveying Practice which include client representative, ecology issues and wildlife surveys and arboriculture, Party Wall surveys, condition surveys, life cycle building analysis and CDM, HSE and principal designers’ roles; students will continue with their report and representation skills in Drawing, CAD and BIM.

Integrated Digital Design and new Technologies              

This module provides the building surveying student the opportunity to further develop the techniques and skills in the building surveying profession, for example using the Faro laser scanner related to 3 D systems drone surveys and rectified photography through use of building visits and case studies The module looks at the concept of integrated digital design and its relationship to information systems including BIM2 and new technologies in the areas of smart materials, prefabrication and 3D modelling, the student will gain an understanding of new sustainable futures in the building industry.

Integrated Design Project                            

The module is designed to develop building surveying skills and support and consolidate core areas of the BSc programme through the medium of a design project for a low energy building which embraces sustainability characteristics. The project will develop further the student's ability to investigate, independently and critically, concepts, tools, and techniques relevant to sustainable buildings. The module allows the student to engage with a multi-disciplinary staff team and the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills developed in other year one and two modules.

Building Information Technology and Modelling

This module builds upon awareness, knowledge and skills in architectural representation and communication developed in years one and two of the courses. The module focuses on capabilities required by the professions to operate effectively at different levels in the architectural design and construction process. It provides students with opportunities for exploration to inform and extend their performance in the final year integrated design project. This includes methods for identifying personal development needs and acting upon plans for relevant personal enhancement. The module responds to current requirements and methods in building surveying practice developing student’s ability to observe and reflect upon trends and emerging technologies that may change how building surveyors select and apply information and communication technology (ICT) and computer-aided design (CAD) in future design and construction projects.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

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