Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Construction and Professional Skills

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1171
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Stephen Rickards


Pre and co requisites



The aims of the course are:

To introduce basic construction knowledge.
To begin to develop essential knowledge and practical skills required of a surveyor in a modern practice.
To become aware of the professional standards expected of a practising surveyor.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

Begin to explore the most commonly encountered construction practice and techniques.
Begin to recognise essential knowledge and practical skills required of a surveyor.
Explore the process of independent research.

Indicative content

This course will cover essential knowledge and core practical skills including:

Core Construction Knowledge:
Commonly encountered construction forms including -
Low rise domestic and commercial (traditional masonry / timber framed).
Uncommon domestic (concrete and steel).
Portal frames (concrete & steel).
High rise domestic and commercial (concrete & steel).
Commonly encountered construction techniques including -
Foundations (brick / concrete / pads / piling).
Masonry walls / timber framed walls.
Pitched and flat roofs.

Core Practical Skills:
Inspection and surveying of buildings and land.
Measurement of buildings and land.
Drawing Practice & Cad.
Elementary mathematical skills.
Essay, report and letter writing.
Professional standards and ethics.
Word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software.
Presentation skills.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught using a combination of formal lectures and tutorial sessions. Formal lecture will primarily focus on traditional construction techniques, material performance and deterioration. Tutorial sessions encompass practical surveying techniques and provide an opportunity for students to explore issues with the peer group through the use of case studies and projects. Tutorial sessions based on the combination of case studies and research or discussion, together with a range of individual tasks.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours:
Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme:
lectures 24;
seminars 12;
supervised practical sessions 12;
tutorials 12;
formative assessment 12;
other scheduled time 0;
Guided independent study:
Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 228;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 0;
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0;
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 300.


Coursework: 50% weighting, pass mark 40%. 1500 word portfolio of coursework.

Examination: 50% weighting, pass mark 40%. Unseen examination.