#CoursesGalore: Built Environment
What is it?
Built environment studies prepare you to be involved in the management and planning aspects of the construction industry. These management skills can be used on any type of construction project, from houses and shopping malls to airports and factories.
What will you study?
The curriculum covers areas such as site management and planning, environmental management and construction technology. It also includes cost planning, risk management, value management, contractual procedures and manpower planning, as well as property valuation and facilities management.
The course usually includes general subjects such as mathematics, science, business and management studies as well as people and organisational skills courses. This is not a course of study that emphasises the 'hard' skills of construction, such as engineering or architecture. Instead, you will learn to be knowledgeable in aspects of sequencing, alternative and supporting mechanisms, and financial and project management − overseeing and being in control of a project from start to finish.
Architecture history; AutoCAD and work drawing; contract procedures; design theory; environment science; pricing and estimating; professional report writing; project management; structure and soil mechanics.
Typical course duration
This course usually lasts for three years.
There are no specific prerequisite subjects for this course. However, better universities will expect good grades in mathematics and physics.
What do graduates do?
Career prospects are available in landscaping, design, architecture, engineering, planning, surveying, management and consultancy.