Facilities Management in Construction

MQF Level 7

6 Credits (ECTS)

Facilities Management in Construction

October 2024
Module Type
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

Construction projects deliver buildings and facilities that are handed over to the owner or user at the end of the construction phase.

Construction managers need to understand the dynamics, regulations and constraints faced by the Facilities Managers, who are the people responsible for up-keeping the working and living environment of the users, in ensuring that the people using the facilities are safe and not exposed to any hazards, and that the facility is suitable for business continuity.

They need to be aware of the legislative, health and safety, operational and client requirements that the Facilities Managers will be facing in order to ensure that what they are constructing is fit for purpose.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • Level 6 degree in a related field;


  • Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a managerial role 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to construction, and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management within the industry. 


Target Audience

This course is targeted at professionals with supervisory and/or middle management experience in the construction industry who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to further advance their careers , namely:  

  • Architects and Civil Engineers 
  • Mechanical and Electrical Building Services Engineers  
  • Project Managers and Coordinators 
  • Project Owners 

The target group can be extended to groups working within the construction industry, such as logistics managers, maintenance managers and facilities managers. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

  1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours.
  2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours.

Face to Face sessions

  • Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of:  20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and  80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.


a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module.

The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments. The recommended assessment tool for this module is essay title. Other assessment tools which may be used are case studies and reports.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10%. For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Construction Management as presented in this brochure costs €9,500.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the ability to, independently:

  • Critically analyse the facilities management requirements of the built environment and identify appropriate strategies for each of these.
  • Develop and manage strategies for ensuring that environmental friendly measures are applied during all activities of the project life-cycle, and that facility provided will sustain such strategies.
  • Critically analyse the issues related to health and safety, fire, sanitation, ventilation and lighting for a building, as well as other regulatory requirements.
  • Critically analyse the maintainability and functionality of a building.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Requirements of facilities management with regards to health and safety, fire and related evacuation risks, water quality, ventilation and lighting requirements as well as maintainability of the facility in construction settings.
  • Construction strategies and tactics appropriate for mitigating eventual problems relating to facilities management that can lead to eventual owner/user acceptance of the facility.
  • The requirements for and the benefits of environmentally friendly buildings, including long terms sustainability and retained market value of such facilities as applied to construction.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Critically apply different mechanisms to ensure compliance with legislation and contract constraints regarding sustainable construction, with a view to ensuring environmentally friendly facilities.
  • Critically evaluate and apply the requirements for the certification of the building, in line with the specifications set out by the project owner, from initial design, through to detailed design, tendering, construction and project close out and hand over and the requirements for sustainable operations of the facility.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

The learner will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and select appropriate sustainable construction strategies when carrying out own projects as a means of ensuring that the finished facility will be maintainable, environmental friendly, safe and fit for purpose.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate sustainable facilities management needs through written procedures.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Improve personal time management and planning skills in relation to project and contract management.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.

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