CE3CFM-Facilities Management

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4

Module Convenor: Dr Abbas Elmualim

Email: a.a.elmualim@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

• To investigate the nature of the FM industry, its contribution to the UK economy, the built environment and its effect on climate change;
• Understanding the role of FM in organisations at both strategic and operational level;
• To engage with the sustainability debate and the role FM can play to delivery on sustainability;
• To appreciate current practice and future trends in office space optimisation and management;
• To understand the legal requirement in provision of out-sourced services

Assessable learning outcomes:
After completion of the module the students should have:
• An appreciation of how facilities management can significantly influence organisational performance and reputation
• Explain the forms of facilities management, their respective risks and benefits
• An ability to identify relevant legal requirements incumbent on building occupiers
• A knowledge and competence with key planning and management tools used by facilities management teams to include computer based applications
• Competence in dealing with the coordination issues required by the facilities management role

Additional outcomes:
Explore the link between various procurement models and FM.

Outline content:
• Evolution of facilities management and the forces driving its continued growth
• An understanding of facilities management in relation to the building process to include novel procurement methods such as PFI and PPP
• The role of outsourcing, contracting-out and partnering
• Supplier selection, performance monitoring and negotiation
• Sustainable FM
• Digital technologies in FM (Intelligent Buildings)
• Risk management and Busniess Continuity Planning
• Information technology, data capture and decision support systems in FM
• Innovative ways of working through facilities management and workplace design
• Managing the space budget - planning and forecasting
• Managing the virtual workplace

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered through various interactive lectures, workshops and in-class exercises. Problem-solved learning is used for the preparation and the delivery of group presentations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 1
Seminars 3
Guided independent study 86
Total hours by term 99.00 1.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
The aim of the given formative assessment within this module is to motivate and enhance the learning experience of the students as well as serving as a check that intended learning outcomes are achieved. Formative assessment will be given during the coursework. Students are required to prepare a presentation about a specific topic in a group of 4 or 5. Verbal and written formative assessment will be given by the module convenor, invited industry practitioners as well as peer-reviewed assessment by selected students enrolled into the module

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

    Length of examination:
    One two -hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Last updated: 22 August 2013

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