This module is a core subject within the 3-year BSocSc in Housing programme. It is extended into another module dealing with housing technology in the second semester. In addition, there is a strong relationship/inter-dependence between this module, the other Housing Technology modules and Housing Theory & Practice modules.
The primary aim of this module is to acquaint students with the concepts of formal and informal construction processes of low and medium rise buildings. It is focused on multi-storey structural components and internal and external circulations. The course will also focus on the properties of selected building materials and how these materials can be used to achieve innovative and sustainable design.
The first part of the module represents an introduction to the construction industry including the structure of the industry, roles of the professionals and employer/employee bodies and the macro-economic context. It also provides an overview of construction procurement systems to meet client needs and expectations.
This module is also aimed at developing communication skills by using mind mapping, academic writing, and IT-based techniques.
The learning approach adopted is generally based upon a student-centred and problem-based learning approach. Adopting this constructivist approach, the lecturer’s primary role is that of a facilitator of the learning, and the prior ability and knowledge of the learner determines the learner’s approach to a learning task. This view conceives of a more active role for learners, particularly for those who choose to be engaged in meaningful learning where their intentions become more significant than those of the teacher.