Overview

The Bachelor of Construction Management is a multi-faceted discipline derived from the four main areas of knowledge namely management, law, economics and technology. Its concept, principles and practice are applied with judgement to develop ways to utilize resources economically in the construction industry. Graduates of this degree programme will acquire knowledge in principles and practices that focus on the management activities and challenge that organizations face when they undertake construction projects.

Course objectives

The following are the objectives of the course:

    • Address management challenges in the implementation of construction projects.
    • Improve quality of performance in the construction industry.
    • Develop and create better building methods for effective and efficient utilization of resources including faster cost effective delivery of construction industry products / outputs.
    • Create empowering and innovative approaches to the discipline of construction management.
    • Develop an awareness of the opportunities for the development of construction management as a profession.
    • Research upon and critically evaluate, appraise and interpret information and its application in the construction industry.

 

​​​​​​​       Course Rationale

  • A graduate of construction management needs to be equipped with relevant management concepts, principles, techniques and methodologies of construction management.  This will enable him/her to make rational decisions and provide solutions in regard to complex construction situations.
  • The subject areas to be covered in the curriculum are both from science and art.  Degree courses such as Architecture, Commerce, and Medicine offered in the University of Nairobi use the title  ‘Bachelor’ to identify themselves and hence the adoption of the same title for the proposed course.
  • In other Commonwealth countries the course is generally referred to as “Bachelor of Science” in Construction Management or Bachelor of Construction Management.  For example Bachelor of Science in Construction Management at the University of Witswatersrand and Bachelor of Construction Management at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa and Bachelor of Building at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in Australia.  Universities in North America such as University of California offer BSc. in construction Management which takes four (4) years.
  • Research undertaken in the Department of Real Estate, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying in  University of Nairobi confirms  that projects   continue to suffer cost and time overruns. The proposed  degree of  Bachelor  of Construction  Management is  envisaged to minimise cost and time overruns and hence improve performance in the construction industry.

Mode of Delivery

The courses will be delivered through lectures, projects, and students will be grouped in small teams  dealing with relevant case studies and exercises including academic field study trips as well as seminars.

Course Structure and Duration

  1. The curriculum covers a minimum of eight  (9) semesters and a maximum period of sixteen (16) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each.
  2. Candidates are expected to take a minimum load of six (6) units and a maximum load of nine (9) units each semester.
  3. The studio units covered are equivalent to  two (2) course units in the three years for each semester and four  (4) units for the 4th year  Second Semester.

 

FIRST YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (1/1)
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 101 Physical Environment  60 1x2 Hrs
BCM 103 Descriptive Statistics 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 105 Micro-Economics   45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 107 Introduction to Mathematics  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 109 Technical Drawing 60 1x 3Hrs 
BCM 111 Material Science I 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 113 Social Psychology  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 115 Building Science I  45 1x2 Hrs
CCS001        Communication Skills 45 1x2 Hrs
TOTAL   435  
       
   SECOND SEMESTER  (1/2)
SEMESTER 1/2      
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 100 Building Services I 45 1x2Hrs
BCM 102 Inferential Statistics 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 104 Macro- Economics  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 106 History of Construction 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 108 Building Technology I 60 1x3Hrs
BCM 110 Theory of Structures I 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 112 Civil Engineering Construction I 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 114 Architectural Communication  45 Course Work
CCS 008 Elements of Philosophy 45
CCS 010 HIV/AIDS 45 1x2 Hrs 
TOTAL   420  
       
SECOND YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (2/1)
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 201 Introduction to Land Surveying  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 203 Site Organization and Management 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 205 Building Technology II 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 207 Construction Plant And Equipment Management 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 209 Building Science II 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 211 Theory of  Structures II 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 213 Information Technology Systems 60 1x2 Hrs
BCM 215 Building Design Studio 1 90 Course Work
TOTAL   420  
       
       
       
SECOND SEMESTER (2/2)
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 200 Project Planning And Control  I 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 202 Construction Materials Management 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 204 Civil Engineering Construction II 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 206 Introduction to Law 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 208 Building Science III 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 210 Measurement for Construction Work I 60 1x3 Hrs
BCM 212 Property Law 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 214 Building Design Studio II 90 1x2 Hrs
TOTAL   420  
       
THIRD YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (3/1)
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 301 Principles of Management 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 303 Social Responsibility and Professional Ethics  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 305 Measurements for Construction Work II 60 1x3 Hrs
BCM 307 Urban and Regional Planning 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 309 Law of Contract and Torts 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 311 Building Technology III 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 313 Integrated Design Studio I 90 Course Work
BCM 315 Entrepreneurship  45 1x2 Hrs
TOTAL   420  
       
SECOND SEMESTER (3/2)
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 300 Organization Theory 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 302 Construction Marketing  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 304 Law of Business Associations 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 306 Project Planning And Control  II  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 308 Research Methodology 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 310 Tendering and Estimating Construction Work 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 312 Intergrated Design Studio II 90 Course Work
BCM 314 Construction and the Environment 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 316 Industrial Attachment II   8 weeks, External
TOTAL   405  
FOURTH YEAR
FIRST SEMESTER (4/1)
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 401 Financial Management 45 1x3Hrs
BCM 403 Dispute Management and Resolution in Construction  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 405 Construction Economics I 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 407 Strategic Management for Construction 45 1x2Hrs
BCM 409 Risk Management 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 411 Project Management 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 415 Integrated Design Studio II 90 Course Work
TOTAL   360  
       
SECOND SEMESTER (4/2)
       
CODE COURSE HRS EXAMINATION
BCM 400 Property Management  45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 402 International Construction Practices and Procurement. 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 404 Construction Economics II 45 1x2 Hrs
BCM 406 Health and Safety Management in Construction 45 1x2Hrs
BCM 408 Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations 60 1x3 Hrs
BCM 410 Construction Implementation Portfolio 180 Course work
TOTAL   420  

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the stipulated minimum University of Nairobi General Admission criteria as provided for under statute XIX.  Applicants with the following qualifications will be eligible for consideration for admission into the degree programme:

  1. KCSE Applicants or Equivalent:  Mean Grade C+ with a minimum of grade C+ in the following subject clusters:  English or Kiswahili; Mathematics; Physics; Geography or Accounts or Commerce or Economics, or Building Construction or Drawing and Design or Art and Design.
  2. KACE (A Level) Applicants or Equivalent:  Two Principal Passes; a minimum principal ‘D’ pass in either Mathematics or Physics and in any one of the following subjects: Economics, Geography, and Chemistry and a credit pass in the English language at KCE level or equivalent
  3. Diploma Holders: A minimum KCE Division II or mean grade C in KCSE in addition to a credit pass or equivalent of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Diploma or its equivalent in:  Building Construction, Architectural Studies, Civil Engineering and Applied Physical Sciences.

d).        Degree Holders:  A holder of a University degree or its equivalent from a recognized University in the following areas:  Architecture, Engineering, Design, Economics, Commerce, Quantity Surveying, Building Economics, Land Economics, Planning or any other relevant equivalent degree.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of Construction Management would be available in the construction industry in the following areas as:

  • Construction Management Consultant advising builders, building designers and clients.
  • Construction manager in a building company.
  • Employees in building and construction organizations
  • Consultants in building materials and components industry in design, production or marketing.
  • Contractors or developers in self employment.

It must be noted that the graduate will be working with people of diverse backgrounds, therefore flexibility and management skills in handling people are important. The graduate will be involved in different projects, ever changing ideas and new technologies throughout working life, therefore he/she must adopt to challenges and hence work independently.

BACHELOR OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT - B76
BA of Construction Management-Year 1 (TOTAL of 19 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              180,000             180,000                         360,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                                6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                                7,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)                   5,000                         -                                5,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                                4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                              4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   9,000                10,000                            19,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                                2,000
TOTAL              217,750             192,250                         410,000
       
BA of Construction Management-Year 2 (TOTAL of 18 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              180,000             180,000                         360,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                                6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                                7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                                4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                              4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   9,000                  9,000                            18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                                2,000
TOTAL              212,750             191,250                         404,000
       
BA of Construction Management-Year 3 (TOTAL of 18 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              180,000             180,000                         360,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                                6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                                7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                                4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                              4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   9,000                  9,000                            18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                                2,000
TOTAL              212,750             191,250                         404,000
       
BA of Construction Management-Year 4 (TOTAL of 17 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION              180,000             180,000                         360,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500                         -                                6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000                         -                                7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   4,000                         -                                4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   2,250                  2,250                              4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   8,000                  9,000                            17,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000                         -                                1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000                         -                                2,000
TOTAL              211,750             191,250                         403,000
       
Grand TOTAL: BA Construction Management              1,621,000
Exam Regulations

Examination Regulations

Examination regulations for the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Development shall   apply as indicated below.

Examinations are held in line with the common faculty examination regulations approved by the Senate.

FAD 1            Examinations are held at the end of each semester.  There are two or three

semesters in one  academic year.

FAD 2             Examinations consist of Coursework, Written Papers, Research Projects and Portfolios as appropriate.

FAD 3             One course unit is equivalent to 45 contact hours or as prescribed in the Senate approved course outline.

FAD 4             A candidate is admitted for the examination after having satisfactorily attended a minimum of ⅔ of the prescribed contact hours for the course unit and taken Continuous Assessment Tests in the prescribed course units.

FAD 5             Course units are examined during the semester in which they are taken or other times as shall be recommended by the Faculty Board and approved by Senate. Each course examination consists of a written paper of a minimum duration of 2 hours. 

The Written Paper accounts for 70% of the total mark whereas Continuous Assessment Tests account for 30% as approved by the Senate.

FAD 6             Examinations for all Portfolios and Research Projects are conducted at the end of the academic year, and are treated as follows:

  1. Portfolio Examinations for the first, second, third and fourth years of study for the Bachelor of Arts in Design degree course constitute one (1) course unit each.

 (b)        All Portfolio Examinations for the first year of the Bachelor of Architecture degree course shall constitute one (1) course unit each.

(c)      All Portfolio examinations in the second, third, fourth and fifth years of study for the Bachelor of Architecture degree course constitute six (6) course units.

  1. Portfolio for the sixth year Bachelor of Architecture degree course shall constitute twelve (12) course units while the Research Project constitutes six (6) course units. 
  2. All Portfolio Examinations for the second, third and fourth years of study for the Bachelor of Arts in Planning and Bachelor of  Construction Management constitute four (4) course units.
  3. Research Projects for the fourth year of study for the degrees of Bachelor of Quantity Surveying,  Bachelor of Construction Management, Bachelor of Arts in Land Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Planning are submitted by the last day of written examinations and constitute four (4) course units.
  4. The Research Project for the fourth year of study for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Design is submitted by the first day of written first semester examinations and constitutes two (2) course units.
  5. A candidate who does not submit the Research Project by the prescribed date is examined at the next second University Examinations period.

FAD 7              The Pass Mark for each course unit is 40 percent.

FAD 8              To proceed to the next year of study, a candidate shall have:

  1. Passed all course units taken for the year of study, or
  2. Obtained an aggregate minimum mark of 40 percent and have a cumulative failure in not more than four (4) course units in the current and previous years of study.

FAD 9              (a)        Examinations for all courses carried forward are taken at the

next University Examinations period in which each particular

course is being examined.

b)       No candidate is allowed to proceed to the final year (fourth year) of the Bachelor of Quantity Surveying, Bachelor of Construction Management, Bachelor of   Arts in Design, Bachelor of Arts in Land Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Planning degree courses unless they have passed all course units in the previous three (3) years of study.

  1. No candidate is allowed to proceed to the final year (sixth year) of the Bachelor of Architecture degree course unless he/she has passed all course units in the previous five (5) years of study.

FAD 10           Any candidate who:

  1. Obtains an aggregate mark of less than 40 percent in the current year of study and fails in more than four (4) course units but not more than nine (9) course units, or
  2. Fails in five (5) to nine (9) course units cumulatively, is allowed to Retake the failed course units during the next University Examinations period before proceeding to the next year of study.  In the case of cumulated course units, the Retakes will only apply to the current year of study.

FAD 11           A candidate who fails in the Portfolio and/or Research Project in the final year of study may be allowed to Resubmit (R1) the work within three (3) months from the date the examination results are released. In case of a failed resubmission (R1), the candidate may be allowed a Retake (R2) the examination at the next end of year examinations.

A candidate who fails in the Retake (R2) may be considered for a Resubmission (R3) examination.

FAD 12           (a)        A pass obtained in a Resit and or a Resubmitted examination is entered as 40 percent in the student’s academic record.

(b)       A Pass obtained in a Retake examination is entered in the student’s academic record as full marks.

FAD 13             (a)     Compensation for failed course units may be allowed in a maximum of two (2) failed course units only in any year of study, provided that the mark for the failed subject is 35 percent or above and the average aggregate mark for the candidate is 50 percent or above.

(b)        Two marks are taken from each course with more than 50  percent to compensate for one mark in the failed course unit.

(c)       Compensation does not apply to Portfolio and Research Projects.

  1. Resit and Retake course units are not subject to compensation.

FAD 14          Any candidate who:

  1. Is absent from an examination without satisfactory reason or,
  2. Fails in a total of ten (10) or more course units or,
  3. Fails in any written paper after the fourth (4th) attempt and/or in portfolio after fourth the (4th) attempt or,
  4. Takes more than twice the prescribed period of a course of study
  5. Is caught cheating in the examination is shall be  DISCONTINUED.

FAD 15           The final award of degree shall be based on a weighting of the last three years of the degree programme in the ratio 1:2:3 except in the Department of Architecture where the weighting ratio shall be 1:1:3