Undergraduate study
Advanced Home Construction

HND Advanced Home Construction *

UCAS code: K202 BSc/AHC

Our HND Advanced Home Construction course is part of a suite of courses - HNC, HND, BSc (Hons) (Top-up) and MSc awards. Each course is designed and developed adhering closely to TV architect George Clarke’s modular building concept and advanced home construction principles.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 2 years

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Entry to 2017/18 academic year

Part-time

  • Up to 4 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and Restoration Man, has contributed to the design of the programmes and specialist facilities at Teesside University, providing you with the opportunity to develop your skills in designing, fabricating and constructing creative and innovative new homes.

This course introduces you to new models of home design, fabrication and construction. It guides you through a detailed exploration of construction methods, such as using off-site manufacture and prefabrication, and alternative building materials, and the location of building projects. You have an opportunity to develop concept models and construct scale models of your designs in a specially designed facility at Teesside University’s main campus.

George Clarke’s social enterprise, the Ministry of Building and Innovation (MOBI), is kickstarting a fundamental change to the building industry and our courses have been designed to adhere closely to the modular building concept and advanced home construction principles of MOBI.

Modules

Year 1 core modules

Building Information Modelling

You develop your background knowledge and understanding of building information modelling (BIM) in the context of the construction industry. You consider the drivers and benefits associated with BIM, as well as the terminology surrounding it. And you study the relationship between design, construction and operation, the relevance of information management to BIM and how these concepts influence the process of managing and maintaining assets.

These new knowledge and skills allow you to understand the importance of BIM in the context of current roles and responsibilities within the construction industry, and effectively understand how this may influence choices within you professional career.

Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification)

Successful projects in the built environment require different types of information to describe the project, quantify the materials, and provide clear instructions for assembly and erection to allow for accurate costing and management. Information is critical throughout the process of design, construction and post-occupancy management.

You develop your awareness of different types of construction information and how these are used in the process. You engage in producing, reading and editing construction information to understand how this informs different stages of the process. Using industry standard tools and systems, you consider how information may be shared and, through this, the value of collaborating in the information process.

Construction Practice and Management

Develop a holistic understanding of construction practice and management processes. You investigate and research the modern construction industry, from the practical skills embedded within the industry to how it links with development onsite and connects with construction management, including roles within the industry.

Construction Technology (MOBI)

The basic principles of construction technology have not changed for many years. However the materials and techniques used to achieve these basic principles are constantly evolving, to enable the construction industry to deliver better quality buildings. Scarcity of resources and the continuing demand of more sophisticated clients, end users and other stakeholder interests, are driving the construction industry to provide buildings which facilitate enhanced environmental and energy performance, and greater flexibility, in response to ever increasing financial, environmental, legal and economic constraints.

You are introduced to the different technological concepts used to enable the construction of building elements, from substructure to completion, and by understanding the different functional characteristics and design considerations to be considered when selecting the most suitable technological solution.

Individual Project

Legal and Statutory Responsibilities in Construction

The construction industry is perceived to be a dangerous, noisy and disruptive area of work which impacts on the use of land and buildings. However, it is governed by a number of laws to ensure that architects, quantity surveyors and contractors comply with legal and statutory requirements to design, construct and deliver buildings and alterations using safe working practices and land appropriately.

You are introduced to the areas of law that are relevant throughout the development process. This includes applying for planning approval and using building control regulations to evaluate building design and alterations at the preconstruction stage.

Principles of Alternative Energy

Buildings use approximately 40% of energy, 25% of water and 40% of resources globally in their construction and operation. Governments worldwide have recognised the importance of tackling energy consumption in the built environment, and have instituted legislation to address these issues. These have often been supported by financial incentives to implement alternative energy systems and processes. They are also governed by rigorous targets and deadlines.

Technologies that harness solar, wind and hydro energy are now established systems for generating power and heat. Along with other innovations such as heat pumps and biofuel, these are often incorporated into the design for new construction projects. As part of this module you develop your knowledge of current and future energy technologies, and learn how to apply this knowledge to analyse and assess its effectiveness. You also apply this knowledge and research to a design activity.

Science and Materials

This module gives you an introduction to the scientific principles and a basic knowledge of the properties of materials needed to successfully complete the other core and specialist modules.

The module is designed to enable students studying construction, civil engineering or building services engineering courses to analyse, apply, investigate and evaluate scientific principles and the properties and behaviour of materials in construction related situations.

It is intended that the module be contextualised for construction, civil engineering or building services engineering and that the delivery and assessment be tailored to your particular vocational needs.

 

Year 2 core modules

Advanced Building Information Modelling

You gain an understanding of the detailed processes that support and guide construction professionals within the context of building information modelling (BIM). You explore the relevance of BIM in the construction industry and understand how the standards and processes that support BIM enable better information management across the life of a project.

You explore the relevant changes to existing documentation and information within a project and how this is developed across its various stages. There are a series of standards that support BIM and you begin to determine their relevance and utilise them within a BIM process.

Advanced Construction Drawing and Detailing

The information required to construct buildings and infrastructure is at the heart of the construction process. As structures become more complex, the types of information required become equally complex. Being able to produce, manage and understand construction information continues to be a key skill at all levels of the industry.

You consider in-depth how construction information is created, managed and shared throughout the lifecycle of a built asset. In addition to understanding the types of information required for complex projects, you explore the development and use of standards to ensure consistency and interoperability of data captured and shared, both in a geometric and non-geometric fashion.

You consider how construction drawing and detailing have evolved, and gain knowledge and skills in documenting projects using modern methods and technologies.

Alternative Methods of Construction

The construction industry seeks to be dynamic and forward thinking but, in reality, most buildings are still constructed with many of the same materials and using the processes that have been utilised for centuries. While there is accumulated knowledge in using tried and tested methods, these are not always the most efficient or cost effective. In addition, the construction industry is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions and is under increasing pressure and legislation to improve its processes and practices.

The industry faces other challenges. As one of the most important sectors of the global economy, it is imperative that construction is able to meet the demands for housing, office, institutional and commercial development. Continuing to build using traditional methods will not be sufficient. The sector is exploring how to address sustainability and increase productivity by developing and implementing alternative forms of construction.

You examine how the construction industry impacts on the environment and explore alternative construction methods which are fit for purpose. You consider government policy implications, and health and safety constraints associated with alternative construction methods. Using all of this knowledge, you design a fit-for-purpose structure using an alternative construction method.

Construction Technology for Complex Building Projects

This module focuses on erecting buildings with complex requirements by using modern systems and construction methods. You analyse the principles of buildability in terms of health and safety, efficiency, economy, sustainability and quality. Emphasis is placed on the importance of developing a sustainable construction strategy. You explore the techniques and procedures involved in the safe and sustainable demolition of buildings. The importance of clear technical communication is also examined during and after the build process.

Contracts and Management

The successful management of a project relies on ensuring that work is done in accordance with the terms of the contract that exists between client and contractor. In construction, a contract is the legally binding agreement between the client (who wants a project built) and the main contractor (who is responsible for constructing the project). Time, quality and costs are covered by these contracts to ensure that a client receives a project that has been specified by their designer to a budget and at an agreed handover date for completion.

You gain a working knowledge of contracts so that you can manage a project team in accordance with the contract’s agreed terms and conditions. The principal person responsible for this is often the quantity surveyor – it’s their responsibility to ensure compliance with the conditions of the contract.

Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

The successful management of a project relies on ensuring that work is done in accordance with the terms of the contract that exists between client and contractor. In construction, a contract is the legally binding agreement between the client (who wants a project built) and the main contractor (who is responsible for constructing the project). Time, quality and costs are covered by these contracts to ensure that a client receives a project that has been specified by their designer to a budget and at an agreed handover date for completion.

You gain a working knowledge of contracts so that you can manage a project team in accordance with the contract’s agreed terms and conditions. The principal person responsible for this is often the quantity surveyor – it’s their responsibility to ensure compliance with the conditions of the contract.

Group Project

The Group Project module develops your ability to evaluate and resolve realistic practical problems and work as part of a team. The module aims to apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists and civil engineering technicians.

It is designed to bring small groups of students together into teams so that they can co-ordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow the you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team.

The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within given defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief. The module team assume the role of a construction client in order to provide guidance to you during meetings held in tutorials/ seminars.

Formative assessment will be through role play scenarios. The three summative in-course assignments are based upon the life cycle of a single project at selected stages of the construction process, namely; feasibility study, detailed design and the construction/ production phase.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects and examinations. You are also expected to spend time on your own - self-study time - to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments.


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Career opportunities

The UK is facing a major housing crisis. There is a severe shortage of new homes and there are many, including children, living in temporary accommodation. Figures from the Empty Homes Agency put the number of vacant properties in England at 610,000, estimating that there is a need for an additional 200,000 homes a year to keep up with the growth in demand for households.

This course helps prepare you for a career in home design and construction, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to bring creative and innovative new thinking to the home construction industry.

Entry requirements

You should normally have at least three passes at GCSE (grade C or above) including English language and mathematics (or equivalent), plus one of the following:

  • at least one A level
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access to HE
  • any other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualification in an appropriate subject.

For qualifications with a UCAS tariff value, we typically ask for at least 80 UCAS tariff points.

Appropriate Level 3 subjects include, but are not limited to, mathematics, further mathematics, physics, chemistry, construction, engineering, geology, environmental science, design and technology, statistics, computer science, electronics, computing and geography.

You can be considered for direct entry onto the final year of the HND if you have a HNC in an appropriate subject.

Interviews
You may be required to attend an interview. The purpose of the interview is to help us tailor your offer to your individual circumstances to ensure that you join the course that is right for you. The interview process also enables us to consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and those with non-traditional qualifications, including individuals who may be returning to study after a period of employment.

During your visit you will be offered a tour of our fantastic campus and excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, and an opportunity to meet our staff. You will learn much more about your course and the range of scholarships, bursaries and grants you may be eligible to receive.

We strongly encourage you to attend an interview but we can still consider your application based on its merits if you are unable to attend.

English language requirement
Entry to this programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English language at grade C.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 2 years

More full-time details

Entry to 2017/18 academic year

Part-time

  • Up to 4 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information