Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

People and the Built Environment

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1177
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Maureen Rhoden

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None

Introduction and rationale

None

Aims

To develop an understanding of:
• The principles of management and organisation prior to their specific application to the construction industry at later stages of the programme;
• occupational health and safety and its role in construction;
• the historical and cultural influences that have shaped the built environment;
• the knowledge and actions required to create a sustainable built environment for future generations.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of management and organisation;
2. begin to understand the interdisciplinary nature of construction and the importance of collaborative working and information to the creation of a sustainable built environment;
3. appreciate the physical hazards and risks associated with creating the built environment and critical importance of occupational health and safety in construction;
4. begin to interpret and evaluate the historical and contemporary built environment and the theories supporting it, in terms of human well-being, the welfare of future generations, the natural world and the consideration of a sustainable environment.

Indicative content

Management, organisation and information
• Approaches to management in an organisational setting.
• Managing individuals; differences, diversity and communication.
• Motivation and job satisfaction.
• Organisational structure, culture and the management of change.
• The importance of information; flows of information and its management.

Health and safety
• Assessing hazards and risks on construction sites.
• The construction context - Health and Safety Executive fatality and injury statistics.
• The team approach and the Construction, Design and Management Regulations.
• The role of personal protective equipment and communicating health and safety.

Cultural context
• The historical and contemporary built environment and the theories supporting it, in terms of the natural world, human well-being and the welfare of future generations.
• The historical development of roles and professions and other key stakeholders in construction.
• The history of public health regulation in the built environment and the development of Town Planning and Building Control.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures/class/seminar (face‐to‐face, video, and computer‐mediated)
Supervised practical sessions
Individual and group‐based teaching tutorial/project
Formative assessment
Independent coursework
Self‐study supported by structured learning materials

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Individual Assignment.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these)1
Grading Mode %
Weighting % 40%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length: 1500
Outline Details: Written Paper.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Essay writing & Referencing.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Group Report Writing.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these) 2&4.
Grading Mode %
Weighting % 30%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length: 1500
Outline Details: Written Paper.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Report writing & Team working.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Group Presentation.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these). 3.
Grading Mode %
Weighting % 30%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length: 500 (approx)
Outline Details: Presentation.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Presentation Skills.