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Built Environment (Common Entry) - BSc

Course Code: LC248


Level

8

Duration

1 Year

Department

Built Environment


CAO Points

300

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This is a one year common entry programme to the four honours degree programmes in the Built Environment. Successful completion of this Common Entry Year will entitle the student to progress into Year 2 of the following programmes, subject to availability of places:

1. BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying
2. BSc (Hons) in Property Valuation & Management
3. BSc (Hons) in Construction Management
4. BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering Management

This programme is offered on the CAO in addition to the four existing Level 8 honours degrees in the Department of the Built Environment. The Common Entry Year has been developed in order to advance the Transitions Agenda being pursued in Irish Higher Education, of better transition from second level to third level education.

This programme aims to give the student the first stage of an academically challenging educational experience, that will enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to serve both the construction industry and society, in whichever specialisation within the industry they progress to study in years 2, 3 and 4 of the Honours Degree programmes in the Department of the Built Environment.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English/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.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Building Systems 1

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand the role of building services & environmental systems in the functioning of modern sustainable buildings.


    Title: Construction Law

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to prepare the learner for the legal realities surrounding construction work.


    Title: Construction Technology

    Credits: 10

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


    Title: Economics for Construction & Property Specialists

    Credits: 10

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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: 5

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


    Title: Engineering Surveying

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to develop a foundation understanding of the principles of engineering surveying, intermediate knowledge of the methods and procedures used on site.


    Title: Introduction to Built Environment Studies

    Credits: 15

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    This module introduces the student to the following discipline areas within the construction sector: Measurement, Concrete & Soils, Property Valuations and Planning.

    This module also aims:

    • To provide the student with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of core and developing professions within the Built Environment. To develop a student’s appreciation of the core themes and challenges within the Built Environment and the supporting and distinct roles played by the relevant professions.
    • To develop the students ability in standard system of measuring building work, the relationship between measurement and cost through to the measurement and calculation of key elements of small domestic buildings of simple design.
    • Foundation in property valuations
    • Introduction to the concept of property valuation and the methods used to value residential and commercial property.
    • Introduction to the knowledge and understanding of the mathematics required for property valuations

    Title: IT & Communication Skills for Construction and Property Professionals

    Credits: 5

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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.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful completion of this programme will enable students to progress to Year 2 of one of the following level 8 programmes:

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