BST21231 Design and Specification
This course aims to enable students to:
; develop fundamental principles and skills for solving design problems of small-scale
; understand the functions and types of different specifications and prepare specifications
for minor building works.
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Explain the fundamental concepts and development of 1. 2 architecture.
Explain key design factors, theories and principles related to 2. 2 new buildings and/or preservation of buildings.
Solve design problems of new and/or existing small-scale 3. 3 buildings.
Explain the functions, requirements, types and structures of 4. 2 different specifications.
5. Develop specifications for minor building works. 3
Architecture and society: Built forms, design features, characteristics, principles, concepts and methods in architectural practice; Analysis and evaluation criteria of user requirements.
Design process: The design process and constraints from inception to completion; Interior spatial planning and optimisation of space; Applications of design theory, major government regulations and practice to the conservation, adaptation and extension of existing buildings. Study of major building types: environmental, socio-cultural, technological and economic factors affecting design decisions of architectural development; Material selection criteria: aesthetic and function requirements, colour, texture and pattern, etc.; Introduction to sustainable architecture.
Standard specifications and codes of practice: Types, use and limitation.
Specifications: Functions and types of specifications; Relationship between specification and other tender documents.
Specification writing: formats, skills and techniques; essential elements in specification.
BST21162 Building & Development Control
This course aims to equip students with the principles and practices of the statutory and
non-statutory development control on new and existing buildings.
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Recognise the government lease conditions and restrictions on 1. 2 land-use and development potential of a site.
Recognise the planning control procedures and systems under 2. 2 Town Planning Ordinance.
Assess the compliance of design and supervision of new and
3. existing building works according to Buildings Ordinances and 3
Assess the health and safety problems on existing buildings 4. 3 according to Buildings Ordinances and Buildings Regulations.
Identify other relevant statutory and non-statutory means of
5. building and development control for new and existing 1
Lease control: Conditions and restrictions in relation to land use and development potential of a site; control and enforcement; modification and waiver.
Planning control: Planning law affecting property development, alteration and addition (A&A) works; function of the Town Planning Board, the Appeal Board; zoning plans and control; development control administration; enforcement, appeal and enquiries process. Building control: role of Authorised Person, Registered Structural Engineer and Registered Contractor, Technical Competent Person; Plans approval mechanism; site supervision; modification and appeals; practice notes and circular letters; building (planning) regulations; building (construction) regulation, building (demolition) regulations; building (standards of sanitary fitments, plumbing, drainage works and latrines) regulations; Building (Refuse Storage Chambers) Regulations.
Code of practice: Means of Escape, Fire Resisting Construction, Means of Access for Firefighting and Rescue Purposes, Minimum Fire Service Installations and Equipment, Overall Thermal Transfer Value, Design Manual for Barrier Free Access.
Control on existing buildings: Dangerous buildings and slopes etc., Unauthorised building works, Dangerous advertising signs, drainage problems, Deed of Mutual Covenant. Environmental laws: Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, Noise Control Ordinance, Air Pollution Control Regulations, Control on Environmental Asbestos.
Control on Licensing premises: Identify procedures and requirements.
BST21713 Construction Contracts 2
This course aims to:
; equip students with the knowledge of different forms of contracts and different types of
contractual arrangements; and
; enable students to administer the standard forms of building contracts.
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Describe different standard forms of contract under different 1. 1 contractual arrangements.
Explain the general obligations of various parties under standard 2. 2 forms of building contracts.
Apply contractual principles and procedures related to payment, 3. variations and final account under standard forms of building 3
Apply contractual principles and procedures related to extension
4. of time, liquidated damages and loss and/or expense under 3
standard forms of building contracts.
5. Explain termination of contract and disputes resolution methods. 1
Contract practice: The forms of contract in common use, the Standard Forms and the International Form, and the contract documents in use in different contractual arrangements. Sub-contracts: Nominated subcontractors and domestic subcontractors, collateral warranty, problems in nomination
Building contract principles and procedures:
General obligations: rights and duties of contracted parties and parties involved in a building contract, liabilities and remedies.
Quality of the works: contractual and statutory requirements, materials and workmanship, quality systems.
Payment for the works: instructions and variations; interim payment and final payment, fluctuation and retention, contractor’s claims (additional cost, direct loss and expense claims)
Time for the works: commencement and completion, defects liability period, extension of time, liquidated damages.
Termination of contract: determination by Employer and by Contractor, rights and duties upon determination.
Methods of resolving disputes: litigation, arbitration, mediation, and other ADRs (Alternative Dispute resolution).
Indemnities: insurance, bond and warranty.
BST21721 Property Management
This course aims to:
; synthesize the principles of property management in multi-disciplinary context taking
into account the associated legal, social, economic, technical and administrative aspects;
; apply the knowledge and practices of property management to various properties; and
; analyse the key property management problems in a professional manner.
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Explain the principles and practices of property 1. 2 management.
Explain the legal and contractual framework of property
2. management, financial issues in property management, and 2
major stakeholders’ concerns.
Apply pre- and post-handover management, management
3. information systems, and property performance 3
measurement systems in property management.
Analyse key problems, remedies and techniques in property
management including health, safety and environmental 4. 3 impacts, energy conservation, illegal structures, and estate
Explain professional liabilities in property management
5. including insurance, negligence, nuisance, employers and 1
employee liability and contractors’ liability.
Demonstrate ability in such transferable skills as
communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork and 6. 1
Principles and practices of property management, property management industry. Organizational principles and establishment of property management business. Social, legal, technical, economic and administrative requirements in property management. Legal framework of property management, Building Management Ordinance, Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance, Deed of Mutual Covenant, Management Agreements. Tenancy management, Contractual and statutory lease conditions, tenancy renewals, tenant mix, rent reviews.
Financial issues in property management, budget preparation, management charge analysis, cost control.
Major stakeholders’ concerns, owner’s corporation, estate management advisory committee,
owners committee, mutual aid committee, merchants associations.
Pre-hand over management, administrative control regarding building defects rectification, testing and commissioning.
Post-hand over management, staff deployment, cleaning and security services, maintenance for property management, customer services management, financial management, outsourcing.
Application of management information systems in property management, development of property performance measurement systems.
Key problems, remedies and techniques in property management.