Welcome to the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (SEC) at Kingston University. The Faculty has a high reputation in higher education and in industry and you are in a position to be able to gain from that experience and to help to maintain our standards.
This handbook contains the information that you will need on the course, including the current assessment regulations. The contents of this handbook are essential reading to complete the course successfully. If you are unclear about any part of it, or have any further queries, please let me know.
The course is run on a full-time and part-time basis, with the part-time mode spanning a two-year period.
The course team hope that you will find your time with us a stimulating and rewarding experience. We have designed a programme of studies that gives you the opportunity for career and professional development and we are keen that you derive maximum benefit from your efforts.
Prof. Costas Georgopoulos – Course Director Kingston University
Prof. George Metaxas – Course Director Piraeus UAS
1. POSTGRADUATE STUDIES – INTRODUCTION
The fields covered by this handbook are:
MSc – Management in Construction
MSc – Structural Design and Construction Management
Students are accepted onto the fields from various professional backgrounds in the construction industry and this ensures that the field benefits from the exchanges between the different disciplines. Students will come with varying strengths and weaknesses so it is important that some reading is undertaken prior to the start of the course. It is advisable that the student reads around those areas which they have least knowledge and a pre-reading list is provided so that a student may select one or two texts to consult before starting the course. The teaching on the course will assume that students have some previous work experience in the construction industry so students with limited work experience should read more before starting. There will also be some pre-module reading for specific modules and advice on this matter will be given in due course.
The minimum periods for a course are:
Full-time mode – one year
Part-time mode – two years
The maximum registration period will normally be twice the defined minimum.
Note: In order to remain registered on a course, a student must register for at least one module in a course year.
Students may study additional modules for credit (i.e. ones which do not contribute to their course), but these will incur additional fees.
Students may also register for the MSc Management in Construction and the MSc Structural Design at TEI Piraeus in Greece.
Students will normally be asked to sign a register on each day they attend each modules.
2. MODULE INFORMATION
The content of each module is shown in the module guide which will be provided before the module starts.
Each module requires a nominal 30 hours of attendance. In addition, students should nominally spend a further 120 hours in completing assignments, reading around the subjects and preparing for examination. It should be remembered that at postgraduate level, students are expected to manage their own learning and allocate sufficient time to study to ensure success.Communication and computing are considered to be important aspects of the course. In this respect presenting your work or demonstrating your computing skills may form part of the assignment.
It is most important that students manage their own time and consolidate learning between lectures as the expectation of knowledge and understanding is much higher than that of the undergraduate.
Electronic storage of dissertations
Kingston University has an electronic database for the storage of undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations. Access to this database (KUDiss) is restricted to current staff and students of Kingston University. KUDiss stores dissertations which have attained a mark of 60% and above. Undergraduate dissertations are stored for 5 years, postgraduate dissertations for 10 years. Students, as author, retain the copyright in their work as set out in the Kingston University Student Intellectual Property Rights Policy.
Confidential dissertations are not be stored in KUDiss. If your dissertation contains information of a confidential nature or if there is a specific reason why you do not wish your dissertation to be held in KUDiss, you should complete a confidentiality form, noting the reason for withholding your dissertation from KUDiss. This form should be countersigned by your supervisor. You are advised to discuss any possible confidentiality issues with your supervisor early on in the dissertation process. Copies of the form are available from Study Space or the Library.
Dissertations containing third party copyright material are also not stored in KUDiss – third party copyright material includes substantial extracts from publications such as books and journals, or illustrations such as images, maps, photographs, tables etc. You can include this material in the copy of the dissertation that you submit for examination purposes but it may not be included in the copy stored in KUDiss without seeking the permission of the copyright holders. If you wish a copy of your dissertation to be stored in KUDiss and have any concerns about 3rd party copyright material, please consult Library staff.
There are a number of systems for the citation of references. Students should use the alphabetical/name-date system, in a particular style, known as the HARVARD style. In this, the author’s surname and year of publication are cited in the text, e.g. (Bond, 2004) and a reference list (of these citations) is included at the end of the assignment, in alphabetical order by author with date. This reference list also includes important details such as the title and publisher. A bibliography lists relevant items that you have used in the preparation of the assignment but not necessarily cited in your text. A bibliography should also be in the Harvard style and the inclusion of such a list shows that you have read widely beyond the items you have cited.
Further details on the Harvard system can be obtained on the Internet or from the Learning Resource Centre.
Handouts and other Documentation
Lectures and seminars will, in many (but not all) cases, be accompanied by printed handouts of notes and research papers, published or unpublished. These are for the sole use of the course and should not be otherwise duplicated as they are subject to copyright.
Most of these handouts, plus any other relevant documentation, will also be stored on StudySpace (See WEBSITES in Section 6 STUDY RESOURCES). Documents will be updated and new documents added on a regular basis throughout the year, so students should routinely check this resource
Each module guide has an “Indicative Bibliography”: this list of reading material is updated regularly. You will note that some of the reading texts are essential to the module – in this case you will be expected to buy a copy before the module starts.
At the end of each module students are expected to complete a module evaluation questionnaire. The student representative will collect them at the end of the module and return them in an envelope provided to the Student Office. The module leaders will oversee this procedure to ensure compliance with this University quality system. Student feedback is discussed by the Board of Study.
Coursework must be submitted to the PG office (C building, office C033), or mailed by recorded delivery to the PG office of MSc Management in Construction/MSc in Structural Design and Construction Management, Building C, office C033 R. Ralli & Thivon Street, 250 Aegaleo P.C. 12244, to arrive by the deadline specified in the Module Guide.
Electronic copies of coursework sent via email are not acceptable, unless advised by your Module Leader. Module Leaders may ask for work to be submitted electronically instead of, or as well as, a paper copy.
A coursework submission form must be completed for all assignments.
The administrative staff will record that the work has been received and pass it on to the appropriate Module Leader for marking.
It will not be possible to complete the course in the current year if the Research Proposal is not submitted on time.
Collecting Marked Coursework
You will be emailed to your TEI of Piraeus e-mail account when marked work is ready for collection from PG office, C building, office C033.
3. COURSE MANAGEMENT
The Course Directors have overall responsibility for all activities relating to the development, delivery and maintenance of the high academic standards of the course and ensures that all modules are integrated with the overall aims and objectives of the course:
Name Costas Georgopoulos
Email address Costas.Georgopoulos@kingston.ac.uk
Room number PRMB1043 Town House Penrhyn Road
Name George Metaxas
Email address email@example.com
Room number Building B, ground floor
Module Leaders are responsible for the planning, running and assessment of their module in liaison with the Course Director and Director of Postgraduate Studies. Their contact details will be given in the module guide.
4. GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS
The Postgraduate Courses are administered from the SEC Student Office located in room 34 Sopwith Building at Penrhyn Road. The office is open to students from 09.30 to 17.30 hours Monday to Friday. The Student Office will be the first point of contact for students for most of their day-to-day queries.
Telephone: 020 8417 3340
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are emailing the notice board, you must state your ID number, name and course.
At TEI Piraeus the administration office of the postgraduate programs is located at:
Building C, office C033
Email contact: email@example.com
Course calendars will be sent to your KU email account at the start of the teaching year.
The Student Staff Consultative Committee meets twice a year and gives the Student Representatives an opportunity to raise any comments or suggestions with regards to courses, modules and other general issues. Comments or suggestions discussed at this meeting are passed for discussion at the Board of Study.
If students want to volunteer to be a Student Representative, please inform their Course Director.
COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENTS
The main method of communication with students is via email to your KU email account. It is your responsibility to routinely check for any new messages. Failure to do so could result in you missing important information and key dates and deadlines.
Communications relating to your course cannot be sent to private email addresses, such as Hotmail accounts.
YOUR CONTACT DETAILS
It is your responsibility to keep your contact details up-to-date, i.e. current address and telephone numbers. Failure to do so could result in important letters/communications not reaching you. You can do this via OSIS (Online Student Information Service).
CONTACTING ACADEMIC STAFF
If you need to contact a member of academic staff, the best way to do this is by email. A list of staff email addresses is available on the University’s Outlook address book.
ABSENCE FROM CLASSES
Students are expected to be in attendance for the whole of a taught module, if they are registered for that module.
If you are absent for medical or other reasons you should inform your Course Director and where applicable the Module Leader.
If you miss lectures, it is your responsibility to obtain any notes and catch-up on missed work.
Please note that if you are late for classes, the lecturer is entitled to refuse you admission in order to avoid disturbance to the rest of the class.
5. Essential Information
For essential information on specific aspects linked to Kingston University or the PG office of TEI or Piraeus see below on-line resources.
- Kingston University- My Kingston > my university @ https://mykingston.kingston.ac.uk/Pages/home.aspx
- Kingston University- The New Academic Framework @ https://mykingston.kingston.ac.uk/myuni/newacademicframework/Pages/default.aspx
- Kingston University- Academic Regulations and Polices @ http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonuniversity/howtheuniversityworks/policiesandregulations/#ar
- TEI of Piraeus PG Program announcements- Announcements regarding the PG program and modules held in the TEI of Piraeus.
- TEI of Piraeus PG Program Student Handbook- The student handbook of the PG program @
- TEI of Piraeus PG Program Module Descriptions- The Module Descriptions of the PG Program in TEI of Piraeus @
- KU Email- You need to regularly check your Kingston University emails via https://student.kingston.ac.uk and accessing MySite.
- TEI of Piraeus PG Program Email- need to regularly check your TEI of Piraeus emails via https://my.teipir.gr/wm/src/login.php
- KU Study Space- StudySpace is an online learning management tool @ https://studyspace.kingston.ac.uk/webapps/login/ . It is a resource for lecture notes and interactive teaching including:
- access to course materials – such as lecture notes, backup materials, presentations and previous exam papers;
- online chat rooms and bulletin boards – so you can interact with staff and other students; and
- Multimedia features – such as audio-visual instrument tutorials for music students and video tutorials for science students.
Because you can use StudySpace from any internet-enabled computer at any time, you can choose when and where you study. Ensure that you frequently visit StudySpace to see all your modules.
- TEI of Piraeus PG Program Forum- The forum is an online management tool @ http://www.civilmsc-teipir.gr/phpbb/. It is a resource for lecture notes and interactive teaching of the modules that are taught in the PG office of TEI Piraeus including:
- access to course materials – such as lecture notes, backup materials, presentations and previous exam papers; and
- online chat rooms and bulletin boards – so you can interact with staff and other students;
Just as the StudySpace from, the forum can be used from any internet-enabled computer at any time, you can choose when and where you study. Ensure that you frequently visit the forum to see all your modules.