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

South East Technological University (WD_CONMT_B)
Key Programme Details
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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Construction Management

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Building 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

31/08/2022

Start Date

12/09/2022

End Date

25/08/2023

About this Course

The BSc (Hons) in Construction Management is a NFQ Level 8 qualification specifically aimed at those currently working in a Site Management role who aspire to progress to a Project Management position. It has been developed in collaboration with local and national construction companies, the South East Regional Skills Forum (SERSF) and the Construction Industry Federation and builds upon WITs long-standing position as an innovator in Construction Management education.

The course utilises 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.

The National Skills Bulletin 2020 suggests that the nature of tasks associated with construction operations is likely to undergo substantial change, driven by both new technologies/materials and a demand for green construction and climate change mitigation. Recognising this change, the course places a strong emphasis upon the development of advanced project management & leadership skills, innovation and problem-solving, professional development, digital technology skills, lean construction principles, sustainability and applied action research.

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 Construction 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). Furthermore, Construction Project Managers continue to feature on the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employments Critical Skills Occupations List (October, 2021), which identifiesshortage in respect of qualifications, experience or skills which are required for the proper functioning of the economy.

The attainment of third level qualifications in construction at 26% continues to be well behind the national average of 51% (National Skills Bulletin, 2021). In seeking to address this deficit, the course builds upon the success of the Level 7 BSc in Construction Site Management, which was also developed in collaboration with industry in 2017/18. Indeed, EGFSN (2019) reinforced the impact of that course which has highlighted the relationship between effective management practice and ultimate business performance. There is substantial demand for the Level 8 course from graduates of the existing Level 7 CM course, and there is also a potential pool of participants drawn graduates of cognate disciplines, as Level 6/7 awards (in HE) make up a sizeable share (24%) of the total in this field (SOLAS, 2020).

Modules

Semester 1
• Applied Research Methods
• Project Programming Management
• Development Economics
• Construction Collaboration Technology

Semester 2
• Construction Law
• Quality and HRM
• Professional Practice
• Dissertation Part 1

Semester 3
• Value Management
• Dissertation Part 1
• Construction Management Practice

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a NFQ Level 7 degree in Construction Management or in a cognate discipline of study in the built environment. Cognate disciplines include Construction Site Management, Construction Studies, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Architecture, and Architectural Technology.

Graduates of other disciplines, with construction experience, may be considered under the Institute’s RPL Policy.

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

The BSc (Hons) in Construction Management is a NFQ Level 8 qualification specifically aimed at those currently working in a Site Management role who aspire to progress to a Project Management position. It has been developed in collaboration with local and national construction companies, the South East Regional Skills Forum (SERSF) and the Construction Industry Federation and builds upon WIT’s long-standing position as an innovator in Construction Management education.

The course utilises 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.

The National Skills Bulletin 2020 suggests that the nature of tasks associated with construction operations is likely to undergo substantial change, driven by both new technologies/materials and a demand for green construction and climate change mitigation. Recognising this change, the course places a strong emphasis upon the development of advanced project management & leadership skills, innovation and problem-solving, professional development, digital technology skills, lean construction principles, sustainability and applied action research.

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 Construction 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). Furthermore, Construction Project Managers continue to feature on the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employments Critical Skills Occupations List (October, 2021), which identifies “a shortage in respect of qualifications, experience or skills which are required for the proper functioning of the economy.

The attainment of third level qualifications in construction at 26% continues to be well behind the national average of 51% (National Skills Bulletin, 2021). In seeking to address this deficit, the course builds upon the success of the Level 7 BSc in Construction Site Management, which was also developed in collaboration with industry in 2017/18. Indeed, EGFSN (2019) reinforced the impact of that course which has highlighted the relationship between effective management practice and ultimate business performance. There is substantial demand for the Level 8 course from graduates of the existing Level 7 CM course, and there is also a potential pool of participants drawn graduates of cognate disciplines, as Level 6/7 awards (in HE) make up a sizeable share (24%) of the total in this field (SOLAS, 2020).

Career Opportunities

The primary aim of the course is to produce high calibre individuals to progress from a site management role in a Project Management role. Subject to having appropriate management experience, graduates can also apply for Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Timetable Info

The indicative delivery model for the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management for 2022/23
is that the course will be delivered via blended delivery; 10 × 2-day 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.
Students will be required to attend some on-site examinations.

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 (Hons) in Construction Management for 2022/23
is that the course will be delivered via blended delivery; 10 × 2-day 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.
Students will be required to attend some on-site examinations.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorraine Quirke

Address

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

Phone

051834137

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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