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BSc (Hons) in Construction Management

Course Code: LC241


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Built Environment


CAO Points

276

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This course prepares you for a successful career in construction management. LIT graduates have an in-depth knowledge of the construction process, the necessary theoretical knowledge to match solutions to construction problems and the management skills to plan, organize and manage construction projects.

 

 

 

 

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.
 

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Construction Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module aims to convey the principals of technology, practice and materials involved in domestic building construction.


    Title: Land Surveying

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To develop a foundation understanding of the principles of surveying, intermediate knowledge of the methods and procedures used on site:

    • Plan and execute a topographical survey for engineering development,
    • Plan, design and set out engineering works,
    • Manage, organise and execute a given task to meet specifications within a strict deadline and
    • Work in groups.

    Title: Economics for Construction & Property Specialists

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module sets out to develop an understanding of the concepts and principles of economic theory in the context of the construction / property environment.


    Title: Engineering Mathematics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Introduction to mathematics and mathematical applications required in the management of construction and civil engineering projects.


    Title: IT & Communication Skills for Construction and Property Professionals

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To develop the student's knowledge, intellectual skills and competence to enable them to undertake applied research using various Data Collection, Data Analysis and Presentation Techniques. The students will also develop their skills and knowledge in Information Management; Communications and Project Management.


    Title: Built Environment Law

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of the module if to enable the learners to develop a basic understanding of the Irish legal system as it relates to the Built Environment.


    Title: Construction Practice

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The construction industry uses various materials for construction therefore the student needs to understand the properties of these materials, the use of these materials in construction and the specifications for these materials. Therefore this module provides the student with a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of construction materials including Concrete, Soils, Aggregates and Road Pavement materials. This information is then applied to the use of these materials in the construction industry and students are informed of current practices in such areas as:

    • Ground Investigation
    • Laboratory methods for classifying properties of soils
    • Manufacturing, placing, compaction and curing of concrete
    • Production of Aggregates
    • Production and placing of road pavement materials
    • Specifications for construction materials

    Title: Building Systems 1 & 2

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand the role of Building Services, Environmental Systems, and Structural Systems, in the functioning of modern buildings.


  • Year 2

    Title: Construction Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module establishes the construction principles and practices fundamental to the production of successful construction projects.


    Title: Construction Management & Building Information Modeling

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide students with the basic concepts, knowledge and techniques of management used within the construction industry.


    Title: Surveying

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module builds on the principles of site surveying established in the prerequisite Module to give a comprehensive understanding of site surveying and setting out.


    Title: Estimating & Tender documentation

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    From a Construction/Site management role, it is critical to be able to interpret and find your away around Tender documents. Site based CM/SMs deployment is uneven and stochastic and CM/SM are routinely relocated to the Estimating department between projects. While they are often initially reluctant to come back into the office, they are often surprised they find they excel at Estimating due to their programming abilities, site experience and knowledge of the time it takes to complete the works. Competitive Estimating and Tendering is an exciting subset of Construction/Site management. Your Construction Company relies on you to win contracts and the owners rely on your skills to ensure that work is profitable. Few other roles can have such an impact on the success or otherwise of the Contractor. It is challenging but it can be very rewarding.

    The Estimating & Tender documentation module is designed to prepare the learner for a cooperative role within the contract management / Estimating / Purchasing department of a contemporary construction organisation as an assistant Estimator. In this module theory is explained, lists provided, motivation and encouragement. There is a practical element that makes the learner relevant and useful on their first day in the role.


    Title: Project Cost Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner's knowledge and critical understanding in the project cost management of building and capital works projects.

     

     


    Title: Project Administration and Law

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To develop the students knowledge, intellectual skills and competence to help them understand the nature of construction contracts within the context of the law of contract and tort. The students will also develop an understanding of how standard forms of construction contract and associated case law operate in practice.


    Title: Sustainable Building Services for Construction Managers

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this Building Services module will allow the student to establish the importance of building services in the production of successful buildings


    Title: Integrated Project

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module integrates the second year modules into a major project that simulates a real life construction development.

     


  • Year 3

    Title: Active Learning Diary and Professional Competencies

    Credits: 25 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the student's professional skills and competencies through experiential learning while on placement within industry.

     


    Title: Capstone Project

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    The Capstone Project aims to enhance the student's inter-personal skills, increase their level of awareness of the construction process, develop their knowledge base and strengthen their professional identity. Undertaking a Capstone Project allows the student to analyse the important issues in a construction project.


    Title: Management Practice

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner's knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical principles and management practices as applied to the built environment.

     

     


    Title: Research Proposal

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To support the production of a dissertation in year 4, the student is required to understand and apply research methods in the production of a dissertation proposal. The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the student.


    Title: Literature Review

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To support the production of a dissertation in year 4, the student is required to understand and apply research methods in the production of a literature review. The literature review must be directly relevant to the dissertation proposal being undertaken by the student.


  • Year 4

    Title: Dissertation

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    To provide an opportunity for the student to produce a document based on independent study, of which the topic selected will provide an exhaustive, critical, and in-depth analytical study of a specific area of interest. The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the student.


    Title: Construction Management & I.T.

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module aims to introduce the learner to various aspects of management that can be utlilised in their career as a construction manager. The principles, tools and techniques of management are analysed to develop an understanding of universal management concepts and their application to the construction industry. The learner will be enabled to develop and apply conceptual, analytical, creative and human relations skills in the management of construction projects.

    The learner will gain an appreciation of the principles behind construction relevant software and the integration of relevant software into the construction industry whilst also enabling the learner to gain competency in the application of relevant software and IT systems to civil engineering projects

     


    Title: Project Management & Building Information Modelling

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide students with the concepts, knowledge and techniques to perform as a project manager in a projects environment.


    Title: Construction Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module analyses the technological challenges involved in the construction process.


    Title: Sustainable Construction

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To evaluate a wide range of topics under sustainable construction which are driving the environmental agenda.


    Title: Services Application & Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this Services Application and Management module will give the student the ability to apply the scientific and engineering principles of building services in the design, installation, commissioning and management of services systems.


    Title: Advanced Civil Engineering Surveying

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module develops further the principles of site surveying and setting out.


    Title: Urban Economics & Public Policy

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop in students an understanding of the implications for the Property and Construction Industry of the thrust of national and EU regional, spatial and infrastructural development policies. With reference to the spatial and urban development theories which underpin these policy applications.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates may progress to further studies in Level 9 programmes.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this programme are in very high demand and are employed in management roles across the Construction Industry sector.                              

Positions that graduates can work in include:                          

• Construction and Project Management

• Contract Management 

• Quality Management 

• Site Management

• Site Engineering