Module: Rural Buildings

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Sam Parkes
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

The module content will be delivered through lectures, group tutorials, site visits and practicals.

The outline module content will be:

  1. Site and building surveys
  2. Farm building design and construction.
  3. Building conversions.
  4. Building defects and their remedies.
  5. Cottage renovation.
  6. Low energy buildings and sustainable building design.
  7. Development control and listed building consent.
  8. Property Management – Residential & Commercial
  9. Use of Promap.
  10. Building conservation.
  11. Project management.
  12. Building contracts.

Module outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Undertake a survey of a site or building for a range of purposes.
  2. Use Promap.
  3. Identify and propose remedies for common defects in existing buildings.
  4. Understand principals and processes of property management.
  5. Understand the principles of contract administration and project management.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Case Study – Renovation of a residential property 50%
Examination Unseen exam (2 hours) 50%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Barnes M and Mander C (1991) Farm Building Construction. Farming Press.
  • Chappell D (2007) Understanding JCT standard building contracts.  8th ed.  Taylor & Francis.
  • Constable A and Lamont C (2006) Building defects. RICS Business Services.
  • Dijksman K (2007) The planning game: an insider’s guide to planning permissions for newbuilds and extensions.  Ovolo Publishing.
  • Fawcett AP (2003) Architecture: design notebook.  2nd ed.  Architectural Press.
  • Graham P (2003) Building ecology: first principles for a sustainable built environment.  Blackwell Science.
  • Parnham P and Rispin C (2000) Residential property appraisal. Routledge.
  • Ranns R and Ranns E (2005) Practical construction management. 2nd ed. Routledge.
  • Smith RE (2006) Planning control: development, permission and enforcement.  RICS Business Services.
  • Rural and Industrial Design and building Association (2009) The farm buildings handbook.  RIDBA.
  • Walker A (2007) Project management in construction.  5th ed.  Blackwell Publishing.


Supporting texts