Bachelor of Science in Construction Site Management (Bachelor of Science in Construction Site Management)

South East Technological University (WD_ESITE_D)
Key Programme Details
Award

BSc in Construction Site Management

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Engineering Technology

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke

Email

Lorraine.Quirke@setu.ie

Phone

051 834137

Address

SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Role

Springboard Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

08/08/2022

Start Date

12/09/2022

End Date

25/08/2023

About this Course

This course was developed in 2018 in to meet a critical need for suitably qualified and experienced Construction Site Managers, who require a range of management, technical and interpersonal skills to successfully deliver increasingly complex projects. It is aimed at those who currently work in construction or related industries and who aspire to a position of supervisory management within construction.

The course has been designed to reflect the needs of employers, best practices in education and professional body requirements. It places a strong emphasis upon the upskilling of participants in relation to the low carbon transition, use of digital technologies and improved construction productivity. These and other skills, such as transversal, management & leadership are developed through assessments related to the participants experience and the integration of work-based learning.

The course is delivered using a blended learning approach, facilitating student flexibility and ensuring that companies retain and up-skill staff while in the workplace. Participants are required to attend classes for 8 x 2-day teaching sessions across 12-months, an approach which has proven extremely effective with a retention rate of over 95% to-date.

With 131,000 people employed in construction nationally, a variety of government initiatives such as Project 2040, Housing for All, the Climate Action Plan and National Retrofit Scheme, point towards significant future growth in the sector and an increased demand for skilled tradespeople and professionals.

In the South East region, construction activity recovered strongly in 2021 since Covid restrictions were eased from April 2021. The sector is experiencing good levels of activity and skills shortages are being reported (SERSF, 2021).The SERSF have identified regional skills shortages in Site Foreman and Site Management roles, with employers identifying a need to upskill staff in these areas. This correlates with the results of the difficult-to-fill vacancies survey which reports on a significant demand for project/site managers within the national construction sector (Solas, 2021).

The attainment of third level qualifications in construction at 26% continues to be well behind the national average of 51% (National Skills Bulletin, 2021). Referencing this course, a report by the EGFSN in late 2019, reinforced the importance of such qualifications which have highlighted the relationship between effective management practice and ultimate business performance.

Engagement with industry stakeholders has been central to the development and continued success of this course. In mid-2017, the then Chair of the CIF South East Branch, John O Shaughnessy (MD of Clancy Construction), led an extensive consultation process between the CIFs members, the SERSF and WIT. Edmond Connolly (SERSF) and Ronan OBrien (CIF Southern Region) continue to support the ongoing development of the course, providing an invaluable link with regional and national construction companies. A wide range of these companies have supported their staff in completing the course, such as Clancy, Tom OBrien, Radley, Modubuild, Nevin, Suirside, Buttimer, Mythen, Cleary Doyle, Collen, Sisk, BAM, Winthrop. Many of these employers have indicated ongoing support for other staff to complete this course into the future.

Modules

Semester 1
Building Technology
Communications for Construction Site Managers
Construction Management & Psychology
Site Safety Management

Semester 2
Building Services Systems
Site Project Management
Site Administration & Regulatory Environment
Work-Based Learning
Site Management Placement

Entry Requirements

Applicants who have completed a minimum Full NQF Level 6 programme in Construction Management or in a cognate area of study will be eligible for entry to the programme.

Cognate discipline areas of study include: civil engineering, construction studies, construction economics, architecture, architectural technology, building services, building surveying, quantity surveying, energy engineering, energy management, building physics, physical and chemical sciences, health and safety, fire safety, fire management, fire systems, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, process engineering, electronic engineering, systems engineering.

Applicants who have a senior trades apprenticeship qualification in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, brick and stone laying, electrical instrumentation, electronic security systems, instrumentation, industrial electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing technology, mechanical automation, pipefitting with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience will be eligible for entry to the programme.

Entry to the programme may also be allowed via the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis. This RPL process includes the matching of the candidate’s prior learning (education and experiential) with the equivalent Level 6 programme outcomes. Bridging studies may be offered where an applicant requires up skilling.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WITs English Language Requirements please see: www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

Long Description

This course was developed in 2018 in to meet a critical need for suitably qualified and experienced Construction Site Managers, who require a range of management, technical and interpersonal skills to successfully deliver increasingly complex projects. It is aimed at those who currently work in construction or related industries and who aspire to a position of supervisory management within construction.

The course has been designed to reflect the needs of employers, best practices in education and professional body requirements. It places a strong emphasis upon the upskilling of participants in relation to the low carbon transition, use of digital technologies and improved construction productivity. These and other skills, such as transversal, management & leadership are developed through assessments related to the participants experience and the integration of work-based learning.

The course is delivered using a blended learning approach, facilitating student flexibility and ensuring that companies retain and up-skill staff while in the workplace. Participants are required to attend classes for 8 x 2-day teaching sessions across 12-months, an approach which has proven extremely effective with a retention rate of over 95% to-date.

With 131,000 people employed in construction nationally, a variety of government initiatives such as Project 2040, Housing for All, the Climate Action Plan and National Retrofit Scheme, point towards significant future growth in the sector and an increased demand for skilled tradespeople and professionals.

In the South East region, construction activity recovered strongly in 2021 since Covid restrictions were eased from April 2021. The sector is experiencing good levels of activity and skills shortages are being reported (SERSF, 2021). The SERSF have identified regional skills shortages in Site Foreman and Site Management roles, with employers identifying a need to upskill staff in these areas. This correlates with the results of the difficult-to-fill vacancies survey which reports on a significant demand for project/site managers within the national construction sector (Solas, 2021).

The attainment of third level qualifications in construction at 26% continues to be well behind the national average of 51% (National Skills Bulletin, 2021). Referencing this course, a report by the EGFSN in late 2019, reinforced the importance of such qualifications which “have highlighted the relationship between effective management practice and ultimate business performance.”

Engagement with industry stakeholders has been central to the development and continued success of this course. In mid-2017, the then Chair of the CIF South East Branch, John O Shaughnessy (MD of Clancy Construction), led an extensive consultation process between the CIFs members, the SERSF and WIT. Edmond Connolly (SERSF) and Ronan OBrien (CIF Southern Region) continue to support the ongoing development of the course, providing an invaluable link with regional and national construction companies. A wide range of these companies have supported their staff in completing the course, such as Clancy, Tom OBrien, Radley, Modubuild, Nevin, Suirside, Buttimer, Mythen, Cleary Doyle, Collen, Sisk, BAM, Winthrop. Many of these employers have indicated ongoing support for other staff to complete this course into the future.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the Level 7 graduates can progress onto the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering programme at WIT. The primary aim of the course is to produce high calibre individuals to progress to a site management role
in a construction company.

Timetable Info

The indicative delivery model for the BSc in Construction Site Management for 2022/23 is that the course will be delivered
via blended delivery; 8 × 2-day on-site teaching sessions over one academic year.

On-campus classes will take place once per month on a Thursday and Friday, over three semesters , semester one September
to December’2022 , semester two January to May’2023, semester three June to August’2023 (Site Management Placement).

All of the assessment is via continuous assessment, students will not be required to come on-site for exams.

Delivery Location

SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Delivery Notes

The indicative delivery model for the BSc in Construction Site Management for 2022/23 is that the course will be delivered
via blended delivery; 10 × 2-day on-site teaching sessions over one academic year.

On-campus classes will take place once per month on a Thursday and Friday, over three semesters , semester one September
to December’2022 , semester two January to May’2023, semester three June to August’2023 (Site Management Placement).

All of the assessment is via continuous assessment, students will not be required to come on-site for exams.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorraine Quirke

Address

SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Phone

051 834137

Email

Lorraine.Quirke@setu.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning - SETU Waterford Campus | formerly Waterford Institute of Technology (wit.ie)

Application Procedures

Application Procedures:
Apply via www.springboardcourses.ie . It is important that you support your application with the following required electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents :

1. An up-to-date CV.

2. Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification, parchments or a transcript of the results showing the results you achieved in each module.

3. Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection payment will be required to provide evidence of this payment (Pay slip or letter ).

• Returners: will be required to provide a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner of Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Employed candidates: are required to provide proof or employment . This can include a recent copy of the following : a pay slip, letter or statement from revenue demonstrating your current employment .

• Self - Employed : a recent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self - employment status.

4. Proof of Identification , a copy of your passport or driving license.

5. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WITs English Language Requirements please see: www.wit.ie/englishrequirements.

* To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:
1. be living fulltime in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
• You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
• You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
• You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
• You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
• You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
• You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
• If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted
• If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection

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