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Introduction to the Built Environment


  • Post Date 2018-11-08T10:33:14+00:00
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Introduction to the Built Environment

Learning Outcomes Assesed by this Assignment: 1. Describe the nature and extent of the built environment and the organisations & personnel that are involved in its planning, design, development.

local 2. Describe the social, environmental and economic performance requirements of the design & construction process.

3. Describe the management of the design and the construction processes from `cradle-to-cradle`, e.g. client`s brief through design, construction, handover, occupation and reuse/recycling, including the role of construction professionals,  corporate organisations, industry, clients and society.

7. Explore the technician/graduate labour market in construction, identifying job and placements opportunities.

11. Identify, access, and collate evidence from university and eternal source, including textbooks and articles (S)

12. Demonstrate appropriate academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism and/or collusion and/or other forms of academic misconduct, by use of citation and reference as appropriate for the degree subject, using their own academic voice (S)


Task 1 Roles in the Built Environment

a) Chose one role within each of the following Built Environment professional disciplines (i) to (iii) and prepare a brief account of their roles and responsibilities

i. Engineering / Architectural Design

ii. Estimating / Cost Control

iii. Construction Management


b) Explain clearly the delegation / interaction of responsibilities between each of your three chosen roles above as would occur in a traditionally procured construction project (i.e. with reference to either the RIBA Plan of Work or the life cycle diagram of a building development as shown in Appendix 1)


Task 2 Organisations in the Built Environment

Describe and discuss the organisation and operation of the Construction Industry using the following topic headings, with real life examples wherever possible:

  • The influence on the project where local or central government is the client
  • The influence on the project where there is a large scale private housing developer as client 
  • The benefits and drawbacks of sub-contracting companies on the construction process 

Task 3 The use of Information Communication Technology
Describe with examples how modern communication technology is changing the way the construction industry works.
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