Bachelor of Science in Construction

  • Introduction to the Programme

    Modern construction projects are known for their complexity in design and speed of execution. They require significant utilization of resources such as materials, manpower, equipment and finance. Most of the projects are performed under conditions of scarcity of resources and suffers from uncertainty in their supply. Work delays will result in increasing costs since there is an intricate time-cost relationship for every project. The need for proper planning and management of construction can never be over-emphasised.

    The Bachelor of Science in Construction curriculum is designed to provide a solid academic base and professional expertise in the discipline of construction management, and to critically address the present and evolving needs of the construction industry. In order to perform successfully in the construction industry, students must develop an understanding of the technical aspects of construction while applying construction management practices and tools to maintain control and provide informed, optimal decisions. The programme focuses on the understanding of construction technology, construction management and production management processes. The programme also addresses the generic skills and capabilities necessary to compete in the employment market.

    The programme addresses a combination of engineering technology, construction techniques and management. It is designed to prepare graduates for managerial positions in the construction industry. At a personal level, the programme will inculcate professional and ethical approach that will foster the graduates’ personal development, self-respect and career aspirations.

  • Programme Philosophy

    Students of the Bachelor in Science (Construction) programme will be taught courses and given practice in construction technology and management to enable them to become project managers and construction contractors that meet the needs of the country.



  • Aim

    To produce professional construction project managers or construction contractors who are able to plan, manage, supervise construction projects responsibly and efficiently for society and the creator.



  • Programme Educational Objectives

    PEO1 To provide graduates with solid foudation in management and technical knwoledge, skills and capabilities in the field of construction.
    PEO2 To produce graduates who are effective problem solver, knowledgeable in applying logical, critical and creative thinking to range of problem.
    PEO3 To provide graduates with a broad knowledge, leadership and managerial skills which are necessary for the effective delivery of construction projects.
    PEO4 To produce graduate who are capable of executing their responsibilities with professionalism and capable of lifelong learning in the pursuit of personal development and betterment of society.
    PEO5 To provide graduate with basic communication skills, lead effectively and able to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary team.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements 2016/2017 Session (For Local Student)

     

  • Programme Learning Outcomes

    Code

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Teaching and Learning Methods

    Assessment

    (a) Technical Knowledge and Competencies

    PO1

    Ability to acquire knowledge and understanding of construction management, construction technology, and related knowledge and practices
    Tutorial, Independent Study, Group & Individual Project Quiz, Test, Final Examination, Assignment

    PO2

    Ability to apply the techniques, skills and tools of project management, construction technology, broad-based management to the practice of construction management Lecture & Discussion, Tutorial, Independent Study, Group & Individual Project, Studio Test, Final Examination, Assignment, Studio, Undergraduate Project

    PO3

    Ability to think critically and use scientific approach to solve construction management related problems Lecture & Discussion, Tutorial, Independent Study, Group & Individual Project, Studio Test, Final Examination, Assignment, Studio, Undergraduate Project

    (b) Generic Skills

    PO4

    Ability to communicate effectively with confidence orally, visually and in written form Discussion, Tutorial, Group and Individual Project, Studio Assignment, Undergraduate reports, Industrial Training Reports, Presentation

    PO5

    Ability to establish responsible interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship with good team working spirit Discussion, Tutorial, Group Project, Studio Assignment, Presentation, Industrial Training Report

    PO6

    Ability to apply high ethical and moral standards in professional practices and social interaction Discussion, Tutorial, Group & Individual Project, Studio Assignment, Undergraduate Project, Industrial Training Report

    PO7

    Ability to seek information and accept new ideas, and learn independently Discussion, Tutorial, Group & Individual Project, Studio Assignment, Undergraduate Project

    PO8

    Ability to use knowledge and managerial skills to identify potential business opportunities Discussion, Tutorial, Group & Individual Project, Studio Assignment

    PO9

    Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and pro-activeness Discussion, Group Project Assignment, Group Project
  • Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science in Construction is recognised by the Public Services Department and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), United Kingdom.  Graduates from this programme can pursue a higher degree in universities in United Kingdom and Australia and other countries as the degree is internationally recognised.



  • Career Prospects

    Graduates of the programme can work as:

    1. Construction Project Managers
    2. Construction Project Planners
    3. Construction Site Superintendents
    4. Construction Health and Safety Officers and other comparable and relevant posts in the construction industry



  • Mode and Duration of Study

    Mode of Study : Full-time.

    Minimum Duration : 4 years

    Maximum Duration : 6 years


  • Classification of Courses

    Courses offered under this programme are based on the following classification:

    Classification Course Group

    Credits

    Total credit hours

    Percentage

    1. Programme Core A. Construction Technology & Services

    21

    78

    61

    B. Measurement & Documentation

    6

    C. Economics & Finance

    7

    D. Legal & Contractual Studies

    6

    E. Professional Practice

    18

    F. Management & ICT

    14

    G. Research & Development

    6

     –  –
    2. Elective Courses H. Elective Courses

    30

    30

    23

    3. General Courses I. General Courses

    20

    20

    16

    Total credit hours to graduate

    128

    100

  • Award Requirements

    To be eligible to graduate from this programme, students must achieve a total of not less than 128 credit hours accumulated from courses that are set according to the classification of courses as shown in the Classification of Courses section, with a minimum CGPA of 2.0.


  • Programme Implementation

    The programme is delivered using a variety of approaches as follows:

    1. Lectures and Tutorials

    The theories are taught through lectures and tutorials according to a fixed schedule.

    2. Laboratory and Field Works

    Laboratory and field works will give a better exposure to the students to make them be more conversant with the construction process itself.

    3. Problem Based Learning (PBL)

    Problem Based Learning is a very important component of teaching and learning process. PBL is implemented in a number of courses in this programme. This teaching and learning approach helps students to reinforce their understanding of the course contents.

    4. Industrial Training

    All third year students are required to undergo a 24 weeks of industrial training at company operating in the construction industry approved by the coordinator and government departments. The work experience will be monitored by a lecturer in one industrial placement visit, a monthly report sent by the student back to the department, a daily diary and employer’s report.

    5. Final Year Project

    A dissertation project has to be submitted by the student at the end of the final year. The project which is a culmination of interdisciplinary knowledge allows students to draw on it as they complete the project.

  • Student Academic Assessment

    A variety of assessment methods are used to match the learning outcomes of the programme and students learning styles.

    1. Examinations, tests and quizzes are methods for assessing breadth of knowledge.
    2. Written assignments are used to assess not only factual and theoretical knowledge but also the ability to solve problems and articulate an argument – key transferable skills. In the final semester of the programme, a greater emphasis is placed upon the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of material.
    3. Case study analyses and presentations are assessed for the reasoning skills and ability to apply learned material to real-life situation.
    4. Design projects, reports and work samples are assessed to evaluate competence in practical skills and techniques.
    5. Poster and oral presentations, video production are used to assess communication and presentation skills.
    6. Seminar papers and critical reviews to assess ability to analyse and synthesise information.
    7. Projects work assess ability to work independently and collaboratively, search and critically review relevant literature and to present findings in an academic manner in both written and verbal form.
    8. Evidence based industrial training reports which document the students’ performance in professional placement.
    9. Online assessments, including self-tests, quizzes and surveys.