Sustainable Construction and Buildings Management

MQF Level 7

6 Credits (ECTS)

Sustainable Construction and Buildings Management

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

The construction industry is one of the larger pollutants with waste such as dust, noise, rubble and waste including excess building material, packaging and demolition material.

With ever-growing international awareness and regulations to curb pollution, construction managers are under pressure to ensure that the activities for which they are responsible are carried out in a sustainable and environmental-friendly manner, in most cases this has become obligatory.

Construction managers need to be fully conversant with such obligations and must be able to manage the construction activity, from design stage to final completion, within the constraints of these requirements.

Having a new building certified to internationally-known accreditation standards, such as LEED or BREEAM, ensures that the building is constructed using sustainable techniques, and increases the public image of the property and ensures sales in future.

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 construction sustainability requirements of the construction project and identify appropriate strategies for each of these.
  • Critically analyse and develop strategies for ensuring that environmentally friendly measures are applied during all activities of the construction project life-cycle.
  • Apply different methodologies and software tools to address specific construction project needs, from project inception through to handing over and use.
  • Critically appraise the environmentally friendly strategy throughout the entire life cycle of the construction project .
  • Critically assess sustainable construction methods as a risk mitigation strategy within the context of a risk management plan in construction settings.
  • Critically analyse the constraints for complying with the requirements set out for the certification of the building in context of relevant legislation.


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

  • The impact of construction activities on the environment and the regulatory constraints now in force.
  • Different sustainable construction methods, ‘green’ materials and strategies for construction projects.
  • Sustainable construction strategies and tactics.
  • Mitigating specific risks in contract and project management in the construction industry.
  • The legal requirements for and the benefits of sustainable buildings.


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 construction contract constraints regarding sustainable construction, with a view to minimizing risk and ensuring value for money.
  • Critically evaluate the construction project to ensure sustainable methods and resources are used, in particular emphasizing the need to reduce waste, noise, dust, land pollution and all hazardous emissions.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

The learner will be able to: ·

  • Critically analyse and select appropriate sustainable construction strategies when carrying out construction related projects.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate sustainable construction 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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