2012/13 Building Surveying
|Faculty||Art, Design and the Built Environment|
Entry Conditions top
You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).
A minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BB. All subject areas considered.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BBBBB. All subject areas considered.
BTEC National Diploma
Successful completion of BTEC National Diploma with D, D, M profile. All subject areas considered.
Higher National Diploma
Construction related only. Successful completion with 4D, 1M, 1P OR 3D, 3M (excluding common skills modules) from final year for Year 2 entry OR successful completion for Year 1 entry.
All other subjects Year 1 entry.
Foundation Degree in Building Technology and Management (55 % average)
Entry to Year 2 and exemption to Placement year.
All other subjects Year 1 entry.
Duration and Mode of Attendance top
Full Time - Four years (including placement year).
Part Time - Six years.
The Programme top
Building surveyors are concerned with the provision of expert advice on all aspects of construction design, maintenance and condition of buildings. Much of their work involves diagnosing problems and advising on repairs or renovations. Much time is spent on site working as part of a team preparing plans, organising surveys and undertaking legal work.
Structure and Content top
Year 1 (equates to year 1 and 2 part time)
The year comprises modules in Law, Economics, Building Technology, Building science and materials, CAD, Surveying Measurement, Structural Design and Integrated Project.
Year 2 (equates to year 3 and 4 part time)
The basic principles introduced in the first year become more applied in relation to the specific needs of the building surveying industry such as construction and performance.
Modules include: Building Technology, Building Physics, Contract Administration, Building Design and Practice, Built and Environmental Conservation and Professional Practice Project.
Unless exempted due to prior experience, you are required to undertake a period (normally 12 months) of supervised work experience in an approved professional environment, where academic knowledge is reinforced and applied to practical work situations. This period may contribute towards the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) assessment of Professional Competence. Satisfactory completion of the placement year leads to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) upon graduation.
Year 4 (equates to year 5 and 6 part time)
Students return to a final year of academic study designed to integrate and develop the knowledge and skills already gained. A key element within this year is the dissertation. You choose an area of research in which you have a particular interest. Other modules include: Building Performance and Regulations, Financial Management and Economics, Building Assessment, Conversion and Adaptation,Fincial Management and Economics, and Project.
Exemptions and Transferability top
Most students enter Year 1, however if evidence of previous relevant study exists you may be considered for entry to later years. Transfer is also available between full-time and part-time modes of study.
Professional Recognition top
The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and students are encouraged to apply for student membership. Graduates will be eligible for probationer membership of the RICS and will receive full corporate membership on completing the Assessment of Professional Competence.
The course is of relevance to those intending to pursue a career in any aspect of the construction industry.
Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities top
Most graduates are employed in professional surveying practices, government and commercial organisations.
This course also provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to undertake postgraduate study or research within the University of Ulster or other academic institutions.
Teaching Methods and Assessment top
Assessment of most modules is by a combination of coursework and written examination. Coursework takes the form of essays, practical exercises, class tests and seminar papers which may involve student presentations.
Examinations, coursework, and project work.