Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering Construction Phil Sargent BEng MRICS MInstCES
20 October 20053HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current state –Overview –Structure –Entry requirements –Entry profile –Progression routes –Quality indicators –Student achievement –Rationale Developments under discussion
20 October 20054HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Overview 2 year, full-time course Validated for start in Sept 2000 (pre-Prospectus) –now on 6 th intake No consortium partners – delivered at NTU only No work-based delivery or assessment –simulated work-based activities provide work-related learning Employer involvement –initial design, validation, later amendments through Advisory Board –informal contact, discussions, feedback
20 October 20055HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Structure Level 1 Information and Communication Studies (20 CP) Mathematics and Measurement (20 CP) Structures and Materials (20 CP) Geospatial Skills (30 CP) Construction and Procedures (30 CP)
20 October 20056HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Structure Level 2 Site Engineering (30 CP) Engineering Surveying and Setting-out (30 CP) Construction Materials and Testing (20 CP) Construction Business Project (20 CP) Option (20 CP) –Building Technology –Language
20 October 20057HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Entry requirements 100 points –Two 6-unit subjects, one of which will be a numerate subject or –Two 6-unit non numerate subjects supported by Maths or another numerate subject at AS/Vocational AS-level or –A 6-unit vocational A-level in an appropriate subject relevant to the degree course or –Edexcel/BTEC study in a relevant area with a level three Diploma including three merits or a level three Certificate including two merits. and –GCSE Grade C in Maths and English where not covered at AS or Advanced level.
20 October 20058HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Entry profile Based on first four intakes (2000 – 2003) –95% male, 5% female –76% aged <21; 9% aged 21-25; ….; 2% aged 40+ –77% from education/training; 23% from employment –51% with A-level; 11% with Vocational A-level/AS level/Advanced NVQ; 5% combination; 6% BTEC ND; 24% Other Level 3; 5% AP(E)L Intake numbers: –2000: 29 –2001: 28 –2002: 25 –2003: 28 –2004: 19 –2005: 38
20 October 20059HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Progression routes Gaining FdEng award (2 years) Level 3 BSc (Hons) non- accredited programme (15 months) Gaining FdEng award (2 years) Level 2 BSc (Hons) accredited programmes (CE & FAPMIC) Fast-track route: FD1 BSc (Hons) Level 2
20 October 200510HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Quality indicators QAA Review 2003 –Positive threshold judgements: emerging academic standards and achievements quality of learning opportunities (incl monitoring & enhancement) –Items of good practice and innovation identified for wider dissemination –Positive comments on course reflection of Prospectus core features Support from industry –Prizes –Vacation employment –Sponsorship –Case studies & teaching material Student achievement
20 October 200511HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Student achievement Based on first 5 intakes (2000 – 2004): –21 students on fast-track route BSc (Hons) Year 2 –24 students on award route BSc (Hons) Year 2 –At BSc Year 2: 50% were in top half of cohort 37% were in top third of cohort –At BSc Year 4 65% were in top half of cohort 35% were in top third of cohort –Degrees 1 withdrawal 7 x 2:2 9 x 2:1 1 x first
20 October 200512HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Rationale Single centre delivery –quality Simulated work-based learning –nature of civil engineering industry Scattered locations Short duration contracts Diverse specialisms Temporary site-based workplaces with severe resource constraints Peripatetic staff Employer assessment in narrowly-focused sector or specialism –No single large employer location –Different employers, different priorities – independence important –Employers don’t want work-based delivery & assessment but do want staff of FD level & calibre produced by this course
20 October 200513HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Current State Rationale Not a unique sector –Social services, sport and exercise science, security industry and others share same issues work-based delivery and assessment not practical Approach (simulated WBL) endorsed by QAA Review –“Employers are not engaged in the delivery of work-based learning. The work-based learning aspects are replaced by in-house, work-related learning. This approach is appropriate for the stated programme outcomes, although it is not fully in line with the expectations of the FD core features which consider direct employer involvement in FD delivery to be highly desirable. However, the reviewers consider that the arrangements in this FD offer an interesting and pragmatic alternative model. The model might be further developed to form the basis for FD programmes where appropriate work-based activity is difficult to achieve.”
20 October 200514HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Developments under discussion All NTU courses being re-specified –Opportunities to consider… including short work-placement in full-time route other modes e.g. part-time block release Approached by national contractor: –Want own specific FD(s) –Group of companies across UK; no ‘local’ university or college; day release not an option –Range of disciplines: construction management quantity surveying civil engineering Involvement with East Midlands NTI Construction Network –possibilities for region-wide, multi-disciplinary, multi-centre FD(s)
20 October 200515HEA - ESC FD Workshop NTU FD in Civil Engineering Construction Questions?