The understanding of more advanced mathematics is important within the civil engineering and building services engineering industries. Students must be introduced to additional topics that will be relevant to them as they progress to the next level of their studies; advancing their knowledge of mathematical theory gained in the Level 4 Unit 8: Mathematics for Construction.
The aim of this unit is to teach students to analyse and model civil engineering or building services engineering situations using mathematical techniques. Among the topics included in this unit are: number theory, complex numbers, matrix theory, linear equations, numerical integration, numerical differentiation, and graphical representations of curves for estimation within an engineering
context. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of calculus to discover how to model and solve problems using first and second order differential equations.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to use applications of number theory in practical construction situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to construction applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of construction systems using ordinary differential equations. As a result they will develop skills such as communication literacy, critical thinking,
analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic competence.
- This course is offered in 45 hours.
- BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering - HVAC) This programme is ideally suited for facility managers, office managers, building owners and anyone interested in Facilities Management.Building Services Engineering is the engineering of the internal environment and environmental impact of a building. It essentially brings buildings and structures to life.
The BTEC HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering – Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)) programme aims to produce building services engineers who are well equipped to enter the industry in areas such as design and build, consultancy and facilities management.
The main aims of the HND in Construction and the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering – HVAC) are to:
- Prepare students for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in building services engineering by providing specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual occupations and professions in which students are currently working or in which they intend to seek employment.
- Enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment in the building services engineering sector.
- Provide students with flexibility, knowledge, skills, understanding and motivation as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies.
- Develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.
HNDs are recognized by many higher educational providers as meeting the admission requirements to enter the final year of an undergraduate degree programme.
Graduates of this HND Programme be able to access directly the final year of the University of Greenwich's BSc. (Hons) Engineering Management (Construction) degree at SBCS, Champs Fleurs campus or the University of Greenwich's BSc. (Hons) Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (Top-Up).