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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Fiona Stoddard

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme

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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Assignment 1: Students will be provided with 2 articles on 2 different subject areas covered in the course and will be asked to provide answers to a series of short questions. Max 750 words for each article (50%);

Assignment 2: Open book assessment set over 48 hours in week 12 or 13 of term circa 400 wods per question (50%).

Alternative Resit Assessment

Assessment comprising 2 short essay questions (750 words each) and will be available for a specified week in resit period (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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