Introduction

As an academic discipline, Construction Economics and Management forms the basis for several specialisations related to the economics and management of construction projects. The discipline of construction management and quantity surveying are two of such disciplines. For instance the discipline of Quantity Surveying involves detailed calculations and measurements taken from the Architect’s drawings to quantify the materials, planning and labour required to construct the building. This enables the calculation of the likely cost involved during the various stages of implementation. A thorough understanding of building technology is a pre-requisite for the preparation of the Bills of Quantities (BOQ) and cost estimates. In addition, students are exposed to the principles of building economics, law and professional practice.

The increasing complexity in the administration of large-scale construction projects has been responsible for the emergence of the closely related discipline of Construction Management.

Programme Details

First Year

The studio course is intended to equip students with the basic designing skills. The course takes a practical approach through engaging students in simple design concepts.

The course acts as a basis for the introduction of the philosophies and concepts in each of the four disciplines of the School.

This course looks at the physical environment, with particular reference to Southern and Central Africa

The course provides essential elements of the social system affecting urban and rural communities.

The course is aimed at developing students’ ability to convey a host of technical aspects of the future courses comprising their respective programmes. It also introduces students to the use of computers.

This foundational course provides a broad base for a number of subjects in the fileds of Structures, Surveying, Building Economics, Planning Statistics and Valuation.