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Course Overview

This course introduces students to the world of the built environment, professional surveying practice and the construction industry. The first section of the course discusses the different types and characteristics of property in the UK and the different legal interests that can exist in property, why people invest in property and why and how property is developed; the second section focuses on the design and construction of buildings, the identification of defects as well their impact on the environment and relevant sustainability issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Norman Hutchison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PO1503 Understanding Property (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Environmental and climatic influences in building design and material choice;sustainable built environment; building degradation and pathology; building defects; structural and condition surveys; building measurement and survey drawings; planning, legal and financial framework.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (50%) consisting of one individual essay (1500 words); 1 two-hour written examination (50%).

Resit: One two hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided on the essay.


Individual feedback will be given on the essay and the outcomes of the class test will be discussed in lectures.

Course Learning Outcomes


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