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    Programme Title Bachelor of Science in Digital Construction (Management or Sustainable Design)
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_CDIGT_D
    Duration  9 months
    Standard Code Places:  20
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    As building information modelling (BIM) becomes established in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, learners need to understand and apply BIM concepts and skills.  One of the objectives of this programme is to provide the opportunity for learners to acquire BIM skills and competences.
    This programme was developed to enable construction professionals to up-skill and keep abreast of technological developments in the Construction sector such as BIM, energy modelling and digital land surveying techniques. 
    The programme will also deliver practical management skills by introducing and upskilling learners in core project administration techniques, contract administration and construction management techniques.  The course will rely heavily on practical software based learning, as assistance tools, applied through projects delivery. 
    The learner may choose to do either a BSc in Digital Construction (Management) with Financial Management and Project Administration modules or BSc in Digital Construction (Sustainable Design) with Domestic Energy Assessment and Passive House Construction & Retrofitting modules
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Digital Construction introduces the learner to the computer applications and simulations associated with the construction industry.  With options in project administration and financial management modules or domestic energy assessment and Passive House, the programme creates a platform for skills in sustainability and working in a BIM environment (mandatory in UK from 2016).
    KEY FEATURES
    • Industry placement
    • Small class sizes, facilitating a learner centred approach
    • Best practice in BIM
    • One year part-time, minimum 4-week work placement in Semester 2.
    • Option of taking the Management (Stream 1) or Sustainable Design (Stream 2) options.
    The general aims of the BSc in Digital Construction are to:
    Sustainable Design Stream
    • Produce graduates with the relevant knowledge and competence to be able to undertake duties as a contract administrator through the applied use of software intervention.
    • Provide the students with a thorough knowledge of the construction process including BIM protocols, domestic energy appraisal, passive house detailing, document control, procurement and digital communications.
    • Prepare successful students to pursue further study to honours degree level by further study.
    • Encourage students to further develop their abilities in problem solving, self-directed learning and basic research techniques.
    Management Stream
    • Produce graduates with the relevant knowledge and competence to be able to undertake duties as a contract administrator through the applied use of software intervention.
    • Provide the students with a thorough knowledge of the construction process including BIM protocols, contract administration, financial management, document control, procurement and digital communications.
    • Encourage students to further develop their abilities in problem solving, self-directed learning and basic research technique
    • Prepare successful students to pursue further study to honours degree level by further study.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Level 6 (Higher Certificate), or higher, qualification in a construction related discipline such as the Higher Certificate in Construction Technology with BIM (LY506).
    • Level 7 ordinary degree or higher in a related construction or engineering discipline with historic titles such as Diploma in Construction and Fire Technology or Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering.
    What will I to study?
    The BSc in Digital Construction involves the detailed study of construction technology, with an emphasis BIM. Students participate in computer methods & applications, practical laboratory work, measurement and integrated projects
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  BIM for Virtual Design and Construction  Mandatory  10  6
     Stream 1a: Financial Management Mandatory  10  6
     Stream 2a: Domestic Energy    Assessment Mandatory  10  6
     Digital Communications Mandatory  5  4
     1/2  Document Control and Public Procurement Mandatory  10  6
     Stream 1b: Project Administration Mandatory  10  6
     Stream 2b: Passive House Construction and Retrofitting Mandatory  10  6
     Digital Land Surveying Mandatory  5  4
     Work Placement Mandatory/Elective*  10  n/a
     Fire Engineering Elective*  5  4
     Professional Practice Elective*  5  4
    *Note: Work Placement is mandatory for Springboard applicants
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of the BSc in Digital Construction (Sustainable Design) the learner will be able to:
    • Utilise AEC software such as Microsoft Project, Revit, ProSurv, PHPP and DEAP.
    • Produce and substantiate construction details to Passive House standard for new builds and the EnerPHit standard for refurbished buildings to Part L of the Building Regulations 2013
    • Demonstrate enhanced communication skills in order to operate effectively in a professional context and understand teamwork dynamics.
    • Manage documentation required during the design and construction stages of a project and explain the importance of effective document control.
    • Assess how the principles of heat loss, heat gains, air-tightness and ventilation relate to Domestic Energy Assessment.
    • Categorize land registry systems and prepare land registry maps.
    • Work effectively both as an individual and as a team member.
    • Reflect and analyse the learning experience resulting from the work placement.
    On successful completion of the BSc in Digital Construction (Management)programme the learner will be able to:
    • Employ financial and project administration skills to solve problems.
    • Apply contract administration and reporting techniques.
    • Demonstrate enhanced communication skills in order to operate effectively in a professional context and understand teamwork dynamics.
    • Utilise AEC software such as Microsoft Project, Revit, ProSurv.
    • Manage documentation required during the design and construction stages of a project and explain the importance of effective document control.
    • Describe and give examples of public procurement policies and implementation.
    • Examine how work is planned and organised at different levels within an organisation.
    • Work effectively both as an individual and as a team member.
    • Reflect and analyse the learning experience resulting from the work placement.
    Follow on Courses and Professional Accreditation
    Advanced entry onto Level 8 construction related programmes such as the BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Construction Management at LYIT where programmes are accredited by Engineers Ireland, RIAI, CIOB and SCSI. Progression to the CITA/ DIT online MSc in Construction Informatics may also be considered.
    Career Opportunities
    The programme leads to a qualification in an area where strong employment opportunities have been identified in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Design disciplines.  The shortage of construction and engineering technicians within the industry means that graduates have excellent career prospects.  They are needed to detail, survey and construct the buildings of the future.
    Typical employers include:
    • Engineering consultancies
    • Architectural services companies
    • Building and civil engineering contractors
    • Surveying consultants
    How to Apply
    • Springboard applicants apply by www.springboardcourses.ie
      And find relevant Springboard information on the course and funding for the unemployed.
    • All other applicants may apply by Direct Entry to Letterkenny Institute of Technology How to Apply
    • Applicants who are interested in taking selected modules only from this programme and/or those interested in studying this programme in a part-time (ACCS) mode, click Part-time Study 
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Anne Boner, Head of Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: anne.boner@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 9186403
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