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Programme SpecificationProgramme Title: Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction &SurveyingAwarding Institution:University of BoltonTeaching Institution:University of BoltonDivision and/orFaculty/Institute:Faculty of Advanced Engineering & SciencesProfessional accreditationProfessional body Professional bodyURLNANAFinal award(s):Higher National CertificateInterim award(s)NoneExit or Fallback award(s)Programme title(s)Construction & SurveyingUCAS CodeK200JACS CodeK200University Course Code(s)N/A at the momentQAA Benchmark Statement(s)Construction Property & SurveyingOther internal and externalreference pointsLanguage of studyNoneEnglishStatus ofgraduatesNA

Mode of study and normalperiod of studyPart Time Day Release – 2 Academic yearsPart Time Evening only - 2- Academic yearsAdmissions criteria- Five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English, mathematics andscience and--A Levels accumulating to the satisfactory number of UCAS tariff points. The total mayinclude points from AS Levels, orEDEXCEL (BTEC) Qualifications – Merit in Subsidiary Diploma (formerly NationalAward), orEDEXCEL (BTEC) Qualifications – Merit / Pass in Diploma (formerly NationalCertificate), orEDEXCEL (BTEC) Qualifications – Pass in Extended Diploma (formerly NationalDiploma), orNVQ - Pass NVQ Level 3 or equivalent qualification in craft or administrative studies.Non Standard Entry- Cases dealt with by admissions tutor on individual basis for mature students whohave a proven employment record within the construction industry.-Applicants may be invited for interview as part of the selection process.-If English is not the first language – the minimum IELTS score for overseas studentsis at least 6.0 (or equivalent).Additional admissions matters- Applicants should ideally be employed within the construction industry or activelyseeking employment in the industry.Fitness to practise declarationNot applicable

Aims of the programmeThe principal aims of the programme are to:1. develop knowledge and understanding of construction and surveying principles andactivities;2. develop knowledge and understanding of environmental and health and safety risksrelated to construction activities and disciplines;3. develop an awareness and understanding of the legal and sustainable frameworks inwhich the construction industry operates;4. enhance and develop skills and competences to perform at higher technician level ina broad range of construction disciplines within the construction and surveyingindustry;5. prepare for higher level studies at HE5/HE6 level, lifelong learning and membership ofa relevant professional body at appropriate level.Distinctive features of the programme-Vocationally oriented programme leading to employment opportunities in avariety of construction industry disciplines e.g. architectural technology,building surveying, site management, estimating, quantity surveying, buyingand site engineering.-The HNC programme makes extensive use of laboratory and field-based workto underpin theoretical concepts in construction and surveying.-A current and vocational programme with an established excellent local andregional reputation in the construction industry.-The programme includes an integrated project which develops and enhancesgroup work activities on a live project brief in year 2 of the course.-The programme makes use of local site visits (and more recently to largerprofile projects such as the Olympics construction site in London). Guestspeakers from industry provide specialist lectures.-Students are encouraged to join professional bodies such as the CharteredInstitute of Building, Association of Building Engineers, Chartered Institute of

Architectural Technologist and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors atstudent level of membership. On completing the HNC qualification studentscan seek to gain higher grade memberships at Associate and Technicianlevels within a relevant professional body.Programme learning outcomes:-use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis ofinformation, and to propose solutions to well-defined problems arising from thatanalysis in their field of study or work context;-effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms tospecialist and non-specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the disciplineeffectively in their field of study and in a work context;-undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences thatwill enable them to assume responsibility within organisations;-demonstrate qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment andprogression to other qualifications requiring the exercise of personal responsibilityand decision-making.K. Knowledge and understandingOn completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate systematicknowledge and understanding of:1. construction methods and techniques;2. the duties and responsibilities for safe working;3. environmental, social, economic and legal factors that impact on the constructionindustry;4. the use and application of appropriate management theories and techniques.

C. Cognitive, intellectual or thinking skillsOn completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate the abilityto:1. define a given problem and identify appropriate solution tools and techniques;2. display the capacity for critical reasoning;3. synthesise and analyse information;4. apply suitable and appropriate mathematical and scientific principles and methods.P. Practical, professional or subject-specific skillsOn completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate the abilityto :1. manage resources, time and work within a team;2. manage the implementation of elements of construction projects and processes;3. develop discipline specific skills;4. communicate effectively with individuals and organisations across both the public andprivate sectors regarding construction projects;5. understand and be able to use relevant materials, equipment and processes.T. Transferable, key or personal skillsOn completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate the abilityto:1. communicate effectively both orally and in writing;2. demonstrate the capacity to research, investigate, work with contradictory informationand to learn;

3. use information technology tools effectively;4. show the capacity for insight, creativity and innovation;5. demonstrate social and political awareness;6. demonstrate numerical and verbal reasoning skills.The above statements for the course are mapped in the table at the rear of the specification.QAA Subject Benchmark StatementsThe course is also mapped against the General and Specific learning outcomes inaccordance with the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Construction, Property &Surveying (2008). These can be seen in the table at the rear of the specification.Programme structureThe programme is delivered over two academic years and consists of 120 credits whichmust be studied and successfully completed to be awarded the qualification. In year onethree 20 credit modules will be studied over two trimesters as follows:CAS4012 Construction Core SkillsCAS4007 Construction TechnologyCAS4008 Construction LawIn year two a further three 20 credit modules will be studied over two trimesters as follows:CAS4009 Construction Surveying & MeasurementCAS4010 Construction Science & MaterialsCAS4011 Integrated ProjectSuccessful completion of the HNC Construction and Surveying, with an overall Merit grade,will allow progression into BSc (Hons) accredited degree programmes listed below.BSc (Hons) – Architectural TechnologyBSc (Hons) – Building SurveyingBSc (Hons) – Construction ManagementBSc (Hons) – Quantity Surveying

Module CodeModule titleCAS4001CAS4007CAS4008CAS4009Construction Core SkillsConstruction TechnologyConstruction LawConstruction Surveying &MeasurementConstruction Science & MaterialsIntegrated ProjectCAS4010CAS4011Total CreditsCore/Option/Elective(C/O/E)CreditsLength (1,2 or 3periods)CCCC202020202222CC202022120Learning and teaching strategiesThe diverse nature of the programme permits the deployment of a variety of teaching andlearning methods in order to ensure the acquisition and development of the appropriateconcepts, knowledge and skills. Many of these will be experienced during formallytimetabled classes whilst others will be appropriate to student centred learning.Whilst there are significant opportunities to spend time with the tutors and techniciansduring timetabled classes, practical work and tutorials, there is an expectation thatstudents will devote an appropriate amount of time to personal study. This personal studytime might be spent, for example, engaging in general background reading, revisitingpractical work, attending technical meetings and lectures provided by professional bodies,preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments or revising for examinations.During the early stages of studies, guidance will be provided on how students can makethe best use of their personal study time. However, as students progress through theprogramme, this guidance will become less structured and prescriptive.The learning and teaching methods described below are those most commonly adoptedby the programme during the formally timetabled sessions. However, individual moduletutors are free to introduce techniques that they view as especially suitable in aidinglearning in their specialist area. (Each Module Guide will identify specific teaching andlearning strategies).Lectures: Lectures play an important part throughout the course and will feature in all

modules of the programme. They involve the dissemination of theoretical and empiricalinformation by a lecturer and provide a basic framework that students can build uponthrough their reading and through other classroom activities. Guest Lectures byspecialists from industry, the professional bodies and other academic institutions,enhance the learning experience.Practical Sessions: Tutor-led practical sessions which can take place in laboratories, befield based or located in computer suites or studios, are a key aspect of this programme.These may comprise demonstrations by staff members, hands-on practical activities orproject work. These activities help develop subject specific practical skills; specifically, theability to: effectively deploy the methods and tools used in the development of a product,solve practical problems by making and testing prototypes; and make effective use ofspecialist software. During practical sessions, there is also an opportunity to develop timemanagement and communications skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team.Site Visits: provide the opportunity for students to view state-of-the-art projects. Suchevents also help to promote a synthesis between academic and professional basedactivities. Students can also relate their own employment with theory sessions in theUniversity.Seminars: Seminars involve groups of students who meet with a tutor to discuss furtherreading, issues and problems arising from lecture material, or to undertake case studiesor problem-solving exercises. It is common for further reading on a particular topic to beassigned, and one student may be required to present an oral synopsis to provide a basisfor discussion. Seminars play an important part in encouraging students to think criticallyabout the subject, to analyse theory and information in a systematic fashion, and toenhance understanding of conceptual issues.Workshops: Workshops are also employed in some modules and may involve thedevelopment of skills, e.g. research methods, the application of statistics, presentationsetc, as well as problem solving through the evaluation of case-study material. Assistancewith assignment work may be offered in workshops, and they play an important part inincreasing students’ confidence in dealing with the subject matter.Tutorials: These are usually individually based but may be shared with students who arestudying a similar area/issue. Students should prepare for tutorials, which are usuallyassociated with an assignment, by bringing any plans for discussion.Informal Group Study Sessions: Laptops can be booked out from the library issue desk

and used for group work in the Social Learning Zone. Furthermore, there are a number ofgroup study rooms in the library which can also be booked for meetings and/orpresentation practice.Learning activities (KIS entry)123Scheduled learningand teachingactivities32%34% N/AGuided independentstudy68%66% N/APlacement/studyabroad0%0%Course Year4567N/AAssessment strategyThe assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that students achievethe overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme, as well as the learningoutcomes for individual modules; they may take the form of assessment of individualperformance during practical work, time constrained examinations, essays, makingpresentations, writing up of laboratory work, analytical or design assignments, researchassignments, design submissions, personal development plans.Assessments serve several functions. The obvious and primary function is to evaluatestudent achievement. However, assessment also serves to help students to organise anddevelop their learning.Feedback from assessment serves an important educational function and can helpdevelop skills and understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses. To this end, allmodules will adopt “formative” assessment methods which will result in qualitativefeedback and does not contribute to the mark for the module; this enables students togain understanding and development of knowledge, skills and abilities that can then beapplied to the “summative” assessment to provide the definitive mark for the module.Formative assessment strategies will take place in one or more of the following forms;presentations, group work, discussions based on case studies (e-forums), scenarios, or

tasks delivered by either face to face sessions or task delivered through the VLE (Quizetc).The various assessment methods deployed by the programme are described below.Essay: For a number of modules, students will be required to produce a courseworkessay or essays. Essays assess understanding of the thrust of the question set, whetherstudents have introduced and appreciate the relevance of appropriate material to the topicin hand and understand its implications, whether they can analyse and evaluateinformation and whether they can communicate ideas clearly. Coursework essays aretypically set to assess the learning outcomes related to understanding key concepts,demonstrating critical evaluations, and demonstrating the capacity to think independently.The required length of coursework essays can vary depending upon the purpose of theassignment for which the work is assessed. Students will be given guidance by theteaching staff on any specific requirements.Reports: A number of modules require the student to write reports, which are sometimesbased on a given case-study. These reports identify published background research andrationale for their study, the way in which the study was carried out, and the results andanalysis of information. Usually, a standard format is used to aid clear, precise andunambiguous expression. Students are given explicit guidance on the format required forthe report.Presentations: Students are required to make oral presentations (e.g. from notes or froman essay, using presentational aids where appropriate) in a number of modules. Somemodules may specify such a presentation as part of their assessment, whilst seminarpresentations in other modules may not be part of the formal assessment. To augmentthe tutor’s assessment; some modules will also make use of “peer review” where fellowstudents assess their peers against pre-determined assessment guidelines.Project Work: Many modules make use of project work for assessment. Project workmay be undertaken by individuals or groups of students working together. Project briefsmay be set by the tutor, an external company or by students themselves, depending onthe requirements of the module. Live project work is a key feature of this course, withmany project briefs being set by external companies, addressing real-life problems andissues.

Practical Work: Individual performance is assessed during field-based practical work.Assessment guidelines are issued at the start of a module and these can include theassessment of motivational skills, theoretical knowledge, the ability to work in a group,communication skills as well as practical skills associated with carrying out a particulartask. There is also an emphasis on the assessment of ability to perform the work safely inaccordance with the appropriate risk assessment.Time constrained assessments: Some modules make use of this form of assessmenteither in the form of a formal closed book written examination or a time constrained inclass test.The assessment methods for each module are identified in the Module Guides given outat the beginning of the teaching period. Furthermore, the Programme Handbook providesinformation on assignment submission dates in the “Assessment Timing Matrix” and thisallows students to plan their work load effectively.Assessment methods (KIS entry)12Written exams17%17%Coursework83%83%Practical exams0%0%3Course Year4567Assessment regulations- The programme uses the Assessment Regulations for the Undergraduate ModularFramework.-The overall pass mark for all modules is 40 percent. The mark awarded will bemade up, where specified, of the weighted average of the examination andcoursework assessment marks.-Normally, students will be expected to have achieved an overall module mark of 40percent, with no item defined in the assessment pattern for the module having amark below 35 percent, in order to be awarded the credit for a module.

-For the full and current version of the Assessment Regulations, refer to thedocument “Assessment Regulations for Undergraduate Modular Programmes(Main Document)” at the following university intranet PPR/Home.aspxGrade bands and classificationsStudents are usually awarded both a mark and a grade for assessed work. Gradescorrespond to the following mark ranges.GradeMark (%)DescriptionDistinctionMeritPassBorderline FailFail70 60 – 6940 – 5935 – 390 – 39Work of exceptional qualityWork of good qualityWork of satisfactory qualityWork of unsatisfactory qualityUnsatisfactory performanceHNC Overall Qualification Grade- Upon successful completion of the programme of study, students will be awardedthe HNC qualification with an overall “qualification grade” i.e. PASS, MERITor DISTINCTION, dependent upon their performance in the best 80 credits of theprogramme, as follows:Points Available per Single Credit, at Specified Module GradesPass 0Merit 1Distinction 2HNC Qualification GradePoints RangeGrade0 – 79Pass(P)80 – 159Merit(M)160Distinction (D)Role of external examinersExternal examiners are appointed for all programmes of study. They oversee theassessment process and their duties include: approving assessment tasks, reviewingassessment marks, attending assessment boards and reporting to the University on theassessment process.

Support for student learning The programme is managed by a programme leaderInduction programme introduces the student to the University and their programmeEach student has a personal tutor, responsible for support and guidancePersonal Development Planning (PDP) integrated into all programmesFeedback on formative and summative assessmentsA Student Centre providing a one-stop shop for information and adviceUniversity support services include housing, counselling, financial advice, careersand a disabilityA ChaplaincyLibrary and IT servicesStudent Liaison Officers at

University Course Code(s) N/A at the moment QAA . will allow progression into BSc (Hons) accredited degree programmes listed below. BSc (Hons) – Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) – Building Surveying BSc (Hons) – Construction Management BSc (Hons) – Quantity Surveying . Module Code Module title Core/ Option/ Elective (C/O/E) .

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