Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 289*
  • Course Code SG346
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary

A Level 8 B.Sc. (Hons) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology will equip graduates with the skills needed to effectively manage project cost, scope and timelines for an ever-changing national and international construction industry. This programme will blend traditional practical skills including carpentry and joinery, with modern construction approaches, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean Construction. Graduates will develop an appreciation for design/planning on small scale workshop projects right up to Virtual Modelled buildings where collaboration is essential through digital technologies.

 

Exit award: The course also has a Level 6 exit award after two years titled Higher Certificate in Applied Construction Technology.  This award is designed to give students a greater understanding of domestic building elements and construction methods including, Practical Building Construction, Passive and NZEB Construction, Building Services, Health and Safety, Measurement and Management and Building Information Modelling.

Programme Description:

An understanding of technical sustainable approaches to building is essential in today's construction sector, there is an increasing demand for graduates who have hands-on experience. Many employers consider hands-on experience very complimentary to academic qualifications. This programme integrates the applied technology with the use of a state of the art workshop. This will be integrated with lectures where the learner will develop economic, legal, technical, managerial knowledge and skills. Students will have an opportunity to take part in project-orientated group work where real-life problems will be tackled. They will learn how to plan, organise and control construction operations and will gain knowledge in all stages of the process – from initial feasibility studies through to design, construction, maintenance, refurbishment and demolition. The course is seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). In addition, this course is seeking accreditation from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), which will enable graduates to become Chartered Project Managers and manage projects in line with the industry best practices. 


Example of Modules:

Modules include applied Practical Technology, Sustainable Construction Technology, Graphical Communication and Design, Computer Aided design (CAD), Measurement and Costing, Health and Safety for the Built Environment, Computer Applications, Site Surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Throughout the programme, real life practical projects are used to reinforce the theory, culminating in third year with a major practical project combining all course modules. In third year, students will undertake a work placement to further develop their skills within industry.

Project Management skills are developed in year four with modules such as Financial Management, Contracts and Dispute Resolution, Development Appraisal and Economics, Planning and Programming, Corporate Management and Construction Law Liabilities and Obligations. A dissertation in the area of Construction Project Management will also be undertaken.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to manage the construction process and to meet the needs of clients within legal, financial and environmental constraints.
  • Obtain a capacity for leadership in managing the building process.
  • Management skills to plan, organise and control construction projects.
  • Ability to contribute to the construction process in a manner that sustains and enhances the natural and built environments.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business process and the necessary theoretical knowledge to match solutions to business problems.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

CAO to Year 1 of course

Year 2 of Course: Non Standard Applicants

If you are under 23 years, you must have a Leaving Certificate which includes Mathematics and English or equivalent, e.g., National Craft Certificate (Phase 2, 4 & 6) for entry to an ordinary Level 7 Degree programme. If over 23 years since 1st January, you are also applying as a mature applicant and you will be assessed by interview on the relevance and duration of your experience, and your motivation.

If you do not meet the entry requirements of a programme BUT do have substantial relevant practical experience, then it may be possible to seek admission to the programme through IT Sligo’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Career Opportunities

Construction Project Management is a professional field that focuses on each part of the construction process of any built environment. The course at IT Sligo equips graduates with skills and knowledge in project management as well as an understanding of the business process and environment. Armed with such expertise, graduates will be prepared for decision making and undertaking executive responsibilities within a number of industries, such as; construction, energy, utilities, telecommunications, architecture, production, design and service industries.

Construction project managers are in considerable demand in the built environment. Therefore, graduates from this course are much sought after by employer organisations and opportunities are excellent. Graduates work with consultants, building contractors, architects, quantity surveyors and local authorities, as carpenters, site managers, project managers and architectural technicians. They work in areas including the design and construction management of commercial/industrial and residential buildings as well as retrofitting of existing building stock.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this programme learners may progress to a Masters of Science in Project Management which is a three-year part-time programme designed for graduates or professionals who are interested in becoming involved in developing their skills and competencies in project management. A Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management can be achieved after two years part-time study with a research thesis undertaken in year three to gain the MSc award.

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
Applied Construction Technology 110
Principles of Construction05
Graphical Communication & CAD 105
Surveying 105
Interpersonal Transferable Skills 05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
Applied Construction Technology 210
Domestic Construction Technology05
Graphical Communication & CAD 205
Surveying 205
Information & Communication Technology05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
Applied Construction Technology with Advanced Manufacturing 110
COMPLEX DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY05
BIM Fundamentals05
Construction Measurement and Management05
Construction Contracts & Procurement05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
Applied Construction Technology with Advanced Manufacturing 210
M&E Construction Technology05
BIM Advanced05
Health and Safety Management 105
ICT for Construction05

Semester 5

TitleCredits
Applied Construction Management 110
Industrial Buildings - Construction Technology05
Building Analysis and Adaptation05
Health and Safety Management 205
BIM MEP05

Semester 6

TitleCredits
Applied Construction Management 205
Commercial Buildings - Construction Technology05
Construction Planning and Management05
BIM Collaboration05
Work Placement10

Semester 7

TitleCredits
Construction Law Liabilities and Obligations05
Development Appraisal and Economics05
Construction Corporate Management05
Construction Planning and Programming05
Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution05

Semester 8

TitleCredits
Project Management and Control05
International Construction05
Lean Principles and Quality Management05

Semester 9

TitleCredits
Dissertation in Construction Project management10
Digital Construction Technology10