Bachelor of Science in Building Engineering and Construction Management

  • Total # of Credit hours
    132

Program Overview

The Mission of BSc. (BE & CM) Program

The principal mission of this program is to prepare the professional technologist able to handle two major phases of built environment i.e. retrofit designing, construction management. In addition, a successful graduate of this program will also be able to play vital role in professions of facility management and costing and estimation. The graduate of program can pursue a career in various fields of built environment such as quantity surveying, building surveying, estate management, technical consulting firms, and companies offering appraisals and related services, public authorities and materials industry.

Goals of Program

The goals of the Building Engineering and Construction Management program are to produce the graduate able to:

  1. Serve as engineering technologist employed in retrofit designing, building surveying, building maintenance management, construction management, manufacturing industry, civil and Architecture, or other allied fields.

  2. Pursue graduate or professional education in construction engineering, materials technology, construction law, architecture, etc.

  3. Work as licensed Professional or Builder & Constructors.

  4. Engage in lifelong learning, through on-the-job training, participation in professional societies, additional formal education, continuing education and professional development, research, and self-study, in order to use state-of-the-art knowledge to design and build safe and effective buildings and/or provide high quality service to the public, employers, clients, and other professionals.

Admission Requirements

The College of Engineering and Department of Architecture follows the policy established by Ajman University. A Secondary School Certificate, science section, or its equivalent with the Grade Point Average not less than B or an 70% overall average and the priority is given to students with a higher Grade Point Average or overall percentage in the following subjects.

  1. Mathematics

  2. Physics

  3. Chemistry

  4. English proficiency test (TOEFL score of 500 or above; or ILETS 5.0 Band).

  5. Personal interview.

Students who do not satisfy the English proficiency requirement (TOEFL score of 500 or above; or ILETS 5.0 Band) may begin their studies with conditional admission. During their first semester, Holders of TOEFL, with score between 450 and 499 or equivalent, will be required to enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP) offered by the College of University Requirements and Academic Counseling, until they obtain at least 500 in the TOEFL, or its equivalent. Admitted students with a score below 450 (TOEFL) are required to enroll for an English preparation course (lower level) at the on-campus Continuing Education Centre. However, colleges will reserve a seat for them, for one semester only, if they obtain a score of at least 450 in TOEFL, IBT 45, or Band 4.0 in IELTS, at the end of the first semester of registration.

Career Opportunities

The graduate of program can pursue a career in various fields of built environment such as

  • retrofit designing (building remodeling & adaptation)

  • quantity surveying,

  • building estimation & costing,

  • building surveying,

  • estate and facility management,

  • builder & constructors,

  • civil & architectural consulting firms,

  • companies offering building appraisals & related services,

  • public & private authorities,

  • construction management and

  • construction materials manufacturing & sales industry.

Degree Completion Requirements

The BSc degree in BE & CM requires the completion of 132 credit hours including graduation project inBE & CM and Supervised Training. The student will be declared a BSc in BE & CM if she or he completes 132 credit hours and has an AGPA of >=2.0.

Graduation Time Frame

The student can complete the study plan in a minimum of 3 and a half years, however the study plan is designed to be completed in 4 years/8 semesters. Usually the students take minimum of 4 years to complete the study plan. The maximum length of the BSc.BE & CM study plan is 8 years/16 semesters. A student transferring from another University should be from a University accredited by the CAA, complete at least 50% of the study plan at AU and completes the last semester at AU.

Program Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, competencies and self-development that students will acquire as they progress through the program.

Knowledge

At completion of BSc. (BE & CM) program, the graduate will be:

  1. Able to relate and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and other core courses in design and management

  2. Able to comprehend and apply knowledge of modern construction technology, construction management, materials, and building science

  3. Able to comprehend the fundamental knowledge and concepts of retrofit and adoptive designing

  4. Able to comprehend the knowledge of professional practice and ethics

  5. Able to comprehend the knowledge of construction laws and legal issues

Skills

At completion of BSc. (BE & CM) program, the graduate will be able to;

  1. Conduct research, acquire data and its analyses for retrofit and adoptive designing

  2. Prepare schematic proposals for regenerative and retrofit designing

  3. Explicate design solution through illustrative, physical modes , writing and orally

  4. Prepare estimations, BOQs and costing of projects

  5. Prepare procurement, management and contract documentation

Competencies

Autonomy and Responsibility:

At completion of BSc. (BE & CM) program, the graduate will be able to;

  1. Identify, formulates, and solves Bdg.Engr design and construction management problems.

  2. Team with multidisciplinary professions engaged in building design and construction management process.

  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic scenario and constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety.

  4. Comprehend and apply the professional and ethical responsibilities in Building Eng. and Management practice.

  5. Conduct building evaluation and suggest the viable solutions for its reuse.

Self-Development:

At completion of BSc. (BE & CM) program, the graduate will be able to;

  1. Recognize the need for life-long learning in field of Bdg.Engr design and construction management

  2. Professionally compete in the market and play an active role in the community

Role in Context:

At completion of BSc. (BE & CM) program, the graduate will be able to;

  1. Demonstrate professionalism and regard for his fellow professionals.

  2. Show good working ethics.

BE & CM Mapping under Program Learning Outcomes

The current BSc in BE & CM program complies with CAA standardsand AU policies and procedures manuals which include all academic requirements. The learning outcomes of the courses that are mapped according to QF Emirates program outcomes. Table 1 is showing the mapping of BSc in BE & CM program and learning outcome in QF Emirates Framework and Table 2: is showing the mapping courses according to QF Emirates Standards.

The Mapping of Program Learning Outcomes and UAE’s Qualifications Frameworks

Table 2: Mapping of Courses to Program Outcomes

 

Program Structure and Credit Hours

UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
University Required Courses (15 Cr.Hrs.)

Course ID

Course Title

TH

LAB

TUT

Cr.H

Prerequisite

ISL114

Islamic Culture

3

0

1

3

-

ARB111

Communication Skills in Arabic Language

3

0

0

3

-

STA112

Statistics (Sciences)

2

2

0

3

-

COM111

IT fundamentals

2

2

0

3

-

INN311

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

3

0

0

3

Min. 60 Cr. Hrs.

University Elective Courses (9 Cr.Hrs.)ourse No. Course TiTh. Lab. Tut. Cr. Hrs. erequisite

Course ID

Course Title

TH

LAB

TUT

Cr.H

Prerequisite

ARB113

Art of Written Expression-Arab

3

0

0

3

-

ENG113

Academic Writing (English)

3

0

0

3

-

ART112

Intro. to Aesthetics

3

0

0

3

-

ART111

Introduction to Art

3

0

0

3

-

ART211

Intro. to Digital Photography

3

0

0

3

-

FRE211

French Language

3

0

0

3

-

ENG211

Art of Public Speaking (English)

3

0

0

3

-

ISL211

Intro. to Hadeeth & Sunna

3

0

0

3

-

ENV111

Environmental Science

3

0

0

3

-

RES211

Research Methodology

3

0

0

3

-

ISH111

History of Science in Islam

3

0

0

3

-

NUT111

Fundamental of Human Nutrition

3

0

0

3

-

AID111

First Aid

3

0

0

3

-

PIO211

Scientific Pioneering

3

0

0

3

-

AST211

Astronomy (Arabic)

3

0

0

3

-

INF212

Information System (Arabic)

3

0

0

3

-

PSY111

General Psychology

3

0

0

3

-

EMS111

Emirates Society

3

0

0

3

-

ECO211

Economic Concepts

3

0

0

3

-

ENG111

English Communication Skills

3

0

0

3

-

SOC112

Communication Between Cultures

3

0

0

3

-

INF113

Library Information System

3

0

0

3

-

THI211

Critical Thinking

3

0

0

3

-

College Required Courses (9 Cr. Hrs.)Course No. . Hrs. Prerequisite

Course ID

Course Title

TH

LAB

TUT

Cr.H

Prerequisite

BCM 141

Engineering Graphics

2

2

0

3

---

MTH 121

Engineering Mathematics I

3

0

2

3

---

BCM 100

Building Sciences

3

0

0

3

---

BE & CM Specialization Required Courses & Graduation Projects (93 Cr.Hrs.)

Course ID

Course Title

TH

LAB

TUT

Cr.H

Prerequisite

BCM 140

Building Materials

3

0

0

3

-

BCM 101

Introduction to Design for BE

1

4

0

3

 

BCM 142

Impact of Technology on Society & Arch

3

0

0

3

BCM 100

BCM 200

Building Eng. Design I

1

6

0

4

BCM 101

BCM 141

BCM 220

Building Const. I for BE

2

2

0

3

BCM 141

BCM 221

Surveying for BE

1

2

0

2

-

BCM 240

CAAD I for BE

1

4

0

3

BCM 141

COM111

BCM 223

Building Construction Codes & Practice

3

0

0

3

-

BCM 201

Building Condition Surveying

2

2

0

3

BCM 140

BCM 220

BCM 241

Construction Drawings I

1

4

0

3

BCM 220

BCM 222

Building Const. II for BE

2

2

0

3

BCM 220

BCM 242

Structural Design - I

2

2

0

3

BCM 100

MTH 121

BCM 243

CAAD II for BE

1

4

0

3

BCM 240

BCM 202

Building Façade Engineering

3

0

0

3

BCM 140

BCM 220

BCM 300

Building Eng. Design II

1

6

0

4

BCM 200

BCM 320

Construction Estimation –I

3

0

0

3

BCM 241

BCM 321

Construction Project Management I

3

0

0

3

BCM 200

BCM 222

BCM 342

Structural Design- II

2

2

0

3

BCM 242

BCM 301

Building Maintenance Management

3

0

0

3

BCM 223

BCM 322

Construction Project Management II

3

0

0

3

BCM 321

BCM 341

Construction Drawings II

1

4

0

3

BCM 241

BCM 302

Building Services for BE

2

2

0

3

BCM 222

BCM 340

Advanced& Sustainable Construction Tech.

3

0

0

3

BCM 222

BCM 343

Strength of Materials

2

2

0

3

BCM 342

BCM 420

Construction Estimation –II

3

0

0

3

BCM 320

BCM 421

Legal issues in Construction laws

3

0

0

3

BCM 223

BCM 400

Active Thermal Env. Control for BE

2

2

0

3

BCM 302

BCM 401

Graduation Project

1

6

0

4

BCM 300

BCM 502

BCM 402

Building Conservation

2

2

0

3

BCM 140

BCM 341

BCM 501

Engineering Training I

2

0

0

2

BCM 200

BCM 241

BCM 502

Engineering Training II

2

0

0

2

BCM 300

BCM 322

BE & CM Specialization Elective Courses (06 Cr.Hrs)

Course ID

Course Title

TH

LAB

TUT

Cr.H

Prerequisite

ARC 580

Selected Topics in Arch.

3

0

0

3

-

ARC 581

Interior Design & Coloring

1

4

0

3

-

ARC 589

Geographical Information Systems

1

4

0

3

BCM 243

ARC 582

Real Estate Development

3

0

0

3

-

BCM 601

Building Pathology

3

0

0

3

-

ARC 583

Photography

1

4

0

3

-

ARC 584

Advanced CAAD Application

1

4

0

3

BCM 243

ARC 585

Research & Design Methods

3

0

0

3

-

BCM 600

Control Systems in Buildings

3

0

0

3

-

BCM 602

Lighting & Acoustics

3

0

0

3

-

Study Plan

Study Plan

Courses Descriptions

BCM 140-BUILDING MATERIALS, (3, 0, 0: 3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course will cover the engineering properties of basic and modern building materials to materials such as plastics, synthetic fibers, adhesives, sealants, caulking compounds, foams, sandwich panels, composites, polymer concrete systems, fiber-reinforced concretes, plastic mortars, polymers for flooring, roofing, synthetic wall papers. Moisture properties of modern building materials and their structural, thermal, and acoustical properties. Consideration of corrosion, bio- and thermal degradation, stability to ultraviolet and solar radiation. In addition, the materials will be discussed in context of sustainability and its lifecycle under various conditions of application.

BCM 141 Engineering Graphics for BE (1,4,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course aims to explain and teach students about graphic communication, the language of building engineers. The student will learn about principles of parallel-line drawings, orthogonal projections, and rendering, and preparing a set of construction drawings.

BCM 100 Building Sciences for BE (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course aims to familiarize students with basic principles and means of measurement and design of technical aspects of building.

BCM 101 Introduction to design for BE (1,4,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course aims to introduce students to the basic elements of design, its principles, and the perception and understanding of building elements within an analytical method.

BCM 142 Impact of Technology on Society & Arch. (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 100

This course will highlight the history of built environment and architecture as the confluence of social and technological evolution. Methodology and thought processes in the theory and design of cities and the human habitat. The impact of technology on society. Energy conservation, environmental constraints and sustainability issues.

BCM 200 Building Eng. Design – I (1, 6, 0:4)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 141 - BCM 101

This course will encompass the conceptual and preliminary adaptive design of small/medium size building. The student will complete the project individually or in the team. However, each student will learn BE design process, methodology, identification of objectives, building Codes, formulation of design problems. Development and evaluation of sustainable building design alternatives. Conceptual building design: spatial requirements, the design of space layout.

BCM 220 Building Construction I for BE (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 141

This course aims to introduce students to basic concepts and properties of building structural components and their materials. The students will acquire the necessary theoretical background in building technology. He will be able to analyse main stress directions and select a relevant structural system (short/ medium span) for the project at hand.

BCM 221 Surveying for BE (1, 2, 0:2)

Pre-Requisite: None

The aim of this course is to introduce and teach the basic rules and techniques of land surveying.

BCM 240 CAAD I for BE ( 1,4,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 141 -COM111

This course aims to introduce students to 2D Computer Aided BE Design drafting process. The course introduces students to computer-aided construction design tool, giving them an opportunity to develop computer skills in their BE design projects. They will use, manipulate and apply CAAD software, enabling them to make drafting and presentation of their projects.

BCM 223 Building Construction Codes and Practice (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course will encompass the general survey of Codes and regulations affecting the design and construction of buildings. It focuses on the UAE/International Building Code.

BCM 201 Building Condition Surveying (2,2,0:3)
Pre-Requisite: BCM 140 – BCM 220

This course will focus on teaching students to carry out many different types of building inspection, each for a particular reason and each resulting in a report with specific information produced for a particular purpose. This course will prepare the student to detect the faults in building at pre and post-occupational stage. In addition, to detect the design faults, this course will also enable the students to use the techniques to evaluate the effects of climatic factors such as flooding, dampness and structural factors such as sinking, structural damage or decay plus the presence of dangerous substances are typical problems. This course will also train the student for comprehensive checking, anticipate problems and to plan maintenance techniques.

BCM 241 Construction Drawings –I (1,4,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 220

This course will encompass the fundamentals of technical drawing, dimensioning practices, orthographic projections, auxiliary and sectional views of buildings. Theory and applications of descriptive geometry in building design. Computer aided building drawing. subsystems and related graphics standards; architectural and BE drawing at preliminary and final stages and introduction to the design of light frame buildings.

BCM 222 Building Construction II for BE (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 220

This course aims to familiarize students with water, damp proofing, and enclosure system (partitions, windows and doors), finishing materials, and means of vertical circulation. In this course students identify main building structural systems and their relation to secondary systems. They will be acquainted with various finishing materials, their properties, and their means of application.

BCM 242 Structural Design I (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 100 - MTH 121

The aim of this course is to introduce the concepts and principles of structural analysis and behavior of materials and structural elements.

BCM 243 CAAD II for BE (1,4,0:3)
Pre-Requisite: BCM 240

This course aims to introduce students to Computer 3D modelling programs such as 3DMax or Sketch up, and how to use them to model a BE project. The course introduces students to virtual three-dimensional space and modelling through using 3D modelling software.

BCM 202 Building Façade Engineering (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 140-BCM 220

This course will focus on issues of building facades design in general and particularly emphasis on facades of tight buildings. This course includes the learning about effects of environmental and climatic factors on vertical surfaces and openings /glazed surfaces. This course will train the student to suggest appropriate design of façade with active consideration of construction and material technology.

BCM 300 Building Eng. Design – II (1,6,0:4)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 200

This course will encompass the conceptual and preliminary design of a medium size adaptive and civil engineering project. Students learn Building Eng. design process, methodology, identification of objectives, Codes, formulation of design problems. Development and evaluation of sustainable design alternatives through an application of computer‑aided design tools.

BCM 320 Construction Estimation-I (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 241

This course will encompass the techniques and procedures used for estimating the cost of construction projects. Cost estimation process; elements of the project cost; conceptual and detailed cost estimation methods; risk assessment and range estimating; case studies; computer‑aided estimating. Particularly a focus on concrete foundation-related work, earthwork, masonry, above-grade concrete, concrete frame, and structural steel work items.

BCM 321 Construction Project Management-I (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 200, BCM 222

This course construction project management will deliver the knowledge about the nature of construction and the environment in which the industry works; organizational structures for project delivery; construction contracts and documents; introduction to construction processes, project planning, scheduling, control; construction safety, bidding planning and scheduling, cash flow analysis, project tracking and control

BCM 342 Structural Design II (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 242

The aim of this course is to introduce the design of structural members of concrete and steel elements.

BCM 301 Building Maintenance Management (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 223

This course will encompass on issues of fundamental and long-term maintenance and management plans for physical assets such as airports, government buildings, office buildings, factory buildings, apartment complexes (large- and small-scale), hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, sports and entertainment venues, and other large facilities.

BCM 322 Construction Project Management II (3,0,0 :3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 321

This course will cover two interrelated fields of construction engineering and management. The first part of course focuses on a study of contemporary construction methods and techniques. Whereas second part of course is, consist of learning based on effective management and control for timely completion of the project as per contract. This course aims to provide the students with an advanced body of knowledge in specific sectors of the site production process. Students shall be given an exposure of the production problems and the available strategies/methods of resolving these problems from both the theoretical and practical perspectives.

BCM 341 Construction Drawings II (1, 4, 0: 3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 241

This course will encompass the construction detail in the formation and thematic development of a work of BE design. Students in this course will explore and research building details of medium to large span structures of space frames, steel structures, precast beams, etc. The study will enable the student to consider their appropriateness and document through analytical drawing their intent and assembly.

BCM 302 Building Services for BE (2, 2, 0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 222

This course will prepare the students to deal with the various aspects concerning installations of various services in buildings. It allows students to participate in the development of building designs within a multidisciplinary team.

BCM 340 Advanced & Sustainable Construction Technology (3, 0, 0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 222

This course aims to introduce students to advanced and sustainable building systems & technologies and means of deploying them in buildings.

BCM 343 Strength of Materials (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 342

This course covers the study of behavior of various building materials subjected to various structural forces present in building frame. This course will prepare the student to evaluate the use of construction material in particular condition. This course will be offered in combination of formal theoretical learning and practical in designated laboratory.

BCM 420 Construction Estimation-II (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 320

This course covers the analysis and determination of costs of construction operations, including all the normal bid-preparation activities that take place in a constructor's estimating section. This course also includes construction cost accounting and control, micro IT fundamentals, and professional ethics.

BCM 421 Legal Issues in Construction Laws (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 223

This course will encompass the issues of labor legislation with special emphasis on the construction industry, union organization, theory and practice of negotiations, mediation, contract administration, and arbitration. Review of actual contracts, discussion of future trends. Legal concepts and processes applicable to the development of constructed facilities and to the operation of the construction firm, emphasis on UAE law and institutions.

BCM 400 Active Thermal Environmental Control for BE (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 302

This course aim is to introduce students to basic concepts of active thermal systems, their design and applications.

BCM 401 Graduation Project (1,6,0:4)
Pre-Requisite: BCM 300 - BCM 502

This course is designed for the final year undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing a solution for the special problem, through individual or as a group research and design project. The selection of project requires the consent of the instructor and approval of the Department Chairman.

BCM 402 Building Conservation (2,2,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 140, BCM 341

This course aims to introduce students to methods and techniques of building conservation.

BCM501 EngineeringTraining I(2,0,0:2)
Pre-Requisite: BCM 200, BCM 241

Students taking Training-I need to be engaged/trained in professional consulting offices of constructors, builders, retrofit designers, facility and estate management, civil engineering and architectural firms.

BCM 502EngineeringTrainingII (2,0,0:2)

Pre-Requisite: BCM 300, BCM 322

Students taking Training-II need to be engaged/trained in professional consulting offices of quantity surveyors, building estimation and costing, building surveyors, building appraisal and related services, public and private organizations, construction management, construction materials manufacturing and marketing industry.

Specialisation Electives

BCM 601 Building Pathology (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of defects and performance in order to develop appropriate remedial and management solutions. It considers how the structure and materials of a building relate to its environment, its occupants, and the way the building is used. This course will also help the student to develop a better understanding about building failures and to improve the design practice.

BCM 600 Control Systems in Buildings (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course will focus on design and installations of smart control system used in various types of building, serves different function ranges from; security, accessibility, privacy, fire safety ventilation, energy conservation and resource conservation. ‘

BCM 602 Lighting and Acoustics (3,0,0:3)

Pre-Requisite: None

This course aims to familiarize students with basic principles and means of the Design and Measurement of Lighting and Acoustics, as well as its Impact on the Environment.

ARC 580 Selected Topics in Architecture (3, 0, 0: 3) Pre-requisite: None

This course introduces students to how to discuss and trigger the most important issues vital to their academic and professional development. It helps them organize their thoughts and interests in a systematic way in relation to their architecture education. The course also enables students to express various progress in architectural education of a special field both orally, by writing and graphically.

ARC 581 Interior Design and Coloring (1, 4, 0: 3) Pre-requisite: None

The course covers interior design and coloring with emphasis on watercolor technique, poster color and pencil color and interior space coloring.

ARC 584 Advanced CAAD Application (1, 4, 0: 3)

Pre-requisite: BCM 243

The course concentrates on basics of BIM. AutoDesk Revit is the program of choice. Students are taught how to use building elements and put them in the BIM database.

ARC 585 Research and Design Methods (3, 0, 0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

The course covers a comprehensive survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods and their method-specific hypothesis formulation, data acquisition, verification and analysis.

ARC 589 Geographic Information Systems (1, 4, 0: 3)
Pre requisite BCM 243

The development and history of GIS, present applications of the technology. Essential elements of a Geographic Information System. Basic concepts and principles of Geographic Information Systems.

ARC 583 Photography (1, 4, 0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

This is an introductory course to photography. It deals with the principles of photography such as light exposures, compositions, and film developing. Types and uses of cameras, lenses, flashes, filters, and other accessories are discussed and applied. The course also involves photographing buildings and students' projects, portfolio design, and the use of digital cameras.

ARC 582 Real Estate Development (3, 0, 0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

The course will conduct market surveys and analysis studies, site consideration and selection, financial feasibility and documentation for real estate development. The students will be introduced to carry forth a real estate development project from the proposal (project formation) stage into final proposal. Manage project more effectively. Keep a project notebook, or digital file.