23 May 2019 18:55 IST

RICS SBE launches Construction Project Management 4.0

This MBA course aims to help civil engineers and architecture graduates to excel as project managers

RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University — an industry-led academic institution, has introduced its new curriculum ‘Construction Project Management 4.0’, in response to a strong call from the industry and emerging technologies in the built environment sector. Whether it is a residential high-rise or a major airport, construction project managers play a key role throughout the delivery process.

RICS SBE’s course — MBA in Construction Project Management — prepares civil engineers and architecture graduates to excel in the role of a project manager, working with a team, often as a project leader. Graduates from this course will be able to lead teams of specialists including architects, structural engineers, electrical engineers, sustainability experts and finance managers. Project managers measure their successes based on a project’s performance, operational effectiveness and sustainability.

The advantage of this course is that students get international exposure via student exchange programmes with renowned universities. They benefit from hands-on experience and are exposed to a practice-based curriculum. The course is open to civil engineers and architects.

Highlights

There has been a significant reduction in the number of courses across the four semesters. RICS SBE is concentrating on progressive and balanced classroom delivery and increased practical/ self-work.

Capstone/dissertation projects have been introduced in semesters 3 and 4; this is based on a significant piece of individual research. It has seen a considerable increase in the credits for the elective courses along with introduction of new electives in emerging fields/areas.

There is a provision for students to graduate with ‘super-specialisation’ in pathways such as procurement and contracts, valuation, sales and marketing, finance and facilities management.

Ethics and sustainability are a part of most of the courses. Research in emerging areas such as block chain, 3D printing, BIM, artificial intelligence and smart analytics are included.

Students will learn about practical project management, business management, construction, sustainability and behavioural aspects of managing projects. They will be introduced to digital technologies, big data analytics and building information modelling, AI and cyber-physical systems (IoT) in the built environment.

The curriculum was launched to bridge the skills gap by shaping employment-ready professionals, exhibit excellence in research and teaching, demonstrate on-going relevance to the industry, retain thought leadership in the built environment sector and produce global professionals.

‘Changing the way we build’

Prof Joseph V Thanikal, Member, RICS, Associate Dean and Director, School of Construction, said, “Construction Management 4.0 and the increasing use of offsite manufacturing are changing the way we build. Our future cities will be the product of tightly coupled, multi-nodal manufacturing systems, incorporating multiple interactions of both social and technological complexity in the construction of our built environment spaces and places.” However, traditional approaches to construction management remain wedded to managing the elements of construction rather than the complexity of their interactions. To ensure success in the construction of our future cities, a new approach is required, he added.

Eligibility criteria:

Noida campus

For NS (Non Sponsored) category — minimum 50 per cent marks in graduation with minimum score of MAT — 500/GMAT — 500/ CMAT — 150, or percentile in CAT/XAT — 75 / NMAT — 60, or Amity written test on the day of interview.

For S (Sponsored) category — minimum 50 per cent marks in graduation with minimum score of MAT — 450/GMAT— 450/ CMAT —100, or percentile in CAT/XAT — 65 / NMAT — 50, or Amity written test on the day of interview.

Mumbai campus

Graduation (minimum 50 per cent) and MAT — 500, CAT/XAT — 75 percentile, NMAT — 60 percentile, GMAT — 500, or Amity written test.

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