Module: Building Management

Module details

  • Module code

    2006 / 2006DL
  • Module leader

    David Hardwick
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

The aim of this module is to guide students to an understanding of the complexities of managing buildings and the built environment. The focus is on both technology and on processes and systems. The objectives to be covered in achieving this aim will include: project management; concepts and realities of sustainable development; surveying, maintenance and redevelopment of existing buildings; building energy performance; the complexities of designing large commercial and residential buildings (typically steel and concrete framed). 

Students will also study fundamental site project management issues e.g. logistics and supply chains, sustainable procurement and buildings, along with the basic principles of project planning and control.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  • Understand the principles, processes and limitations of sustainable building development
  • Understand the concept of building maintenance management (Surveys, Defects, Facilities Management).
  • Understand the challenges to the construction and servicing of large, complex commercial and residential buildings
  • Understand principles of project management 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Report (2500 words) 100%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Glover, P. 2013. Building Surveys. 8th ed. Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Riley, M., Cotgrave, A. 2014. Construction Technology 2: Industrial and Commercial Building. 3rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Swallow, P., Chanter, B. 2013. Building Maintenance Management, 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Cooke, B., Williams, P. 2009. Construction Planning, Programming and Control, 3rd ed. Willey-Blackwell