Project Management Theory & Practice
This unit is intended to introduce you to the main concept and philosophy of project management. It will explain the correlation among the five dimensions of project management including time, cost, quality, sustainability, and safety management. It will address as well the main tools and techniques used for project management systems delivery.
Sustainable Architecture and Design Value
The purpose of this unit is to examine how architectural design and the current trends of value management have influenced the design and building efficiency. It provides an insight into the important role of the designer in how the built environment responds to the economic, social, and environmental global challenges.
This unit provides an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) from a holistic perspective. BIM has emerged as the dominant paradigm for Information and Communication Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). This unit covers BIM approaches, as well as the impact these have on the various AEC disciplines.
This unit develops the skills required to carry out research primarily for dissertation or design project. It aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of methodological approaches of research and examines a range of tools used to collect and analyse the data in order to solve complex problems.
In this unit you will have an appreciation of the wide spectrum of influences and factions that shaped the character of the architectural profession. It will also enable students to reflect on how the current approaches to design processes are influencing people performance in the design and construction stages.
Property Finance and Economics
The unit will explore how the construction industry and the property market interact with the macroeconomic factors like GDP growth, inflation, financial markets, and business cycles. Students will be exposed to fundamentals of macroeconomics to appreciate how economic events like a recession or political factors like the Brexit impact on business performance in the construction industry and property market. They will also be exposed to basic property valuation methodologies, financing and investment techniques in the relevant sector using corporate finance principles.
In this unit you will undertake a Master's stage research project, present the body of work in a conventional dissertation and communicate the outcomes verbally through formal viva. You will explore in-depth a topic relevant to your chosen discipline to develop a significant level of expertise in the area under investigation.
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Sustainable Building Assessment
This unit covers the environmental assessment methods of buildings in the UK and internationally. You will develop and demonstrate understanding of the sustainable building assessment methods like BREEAM and LEED. Post occupancy evaluation methods will also be explained to highlight the importance of the end user.
This unit aims to equip students with the knowledge of the most up to date advanced procurement practices, how and when to apply them, and how will different approaches contribute to reducing the contractual liability risks in different construction scenarios.
Strategic Construction Management
This unit will enable you to understand the most current themes of construction processes and how can these contribute to the delivery of better construction management solutions that will keep projects delivery as planned. You will also develop a reasonable understanding of several measurement systems that have recently been developed and used in the industry.
Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.