MTech Construction Technology

The Construction Industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Ghanaian economy. This is not by accident, but due to the fact that Ghana is a developing country and has a fast-growing human population. Ghana has a reasonable supply of craftsmen with traditional knowledge, skills and experience in building construction processes. Similarly, there is a considerable amount of quality middle level and top management construction personnel playing vital roles in the construction industry, albeit below the market demand. The number of professionals within the supervisory level of the industry is dwindling, due to the lack of a progression path for graduates from a purely technological background, causing most of them to divert into the construction management fields.

Ghana, as a developing country, needs expansion and efficiency in the building construction industry in order to achieve its developmental objectives. The growth or improvement cannot be limited to the application of traditional practices in the industry, because a rapid change in the global technological phenomenon has caught up with all industries and nations.

 

Aim and Objectives

The aim of the Master of Technology programme in Construction Technology is to develop highly skilled manpower with requisite knowledge, skills and technology appreciation, to function effectively and efficiently in providing the vital link in the chain of operation in the building construction industry.

 

Objectives

 The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Equip students with theoretical, practical and conceptual skills needed to undertake professional tasks in the construction industry.
  2. Train students to acquire critical and analytical skills needed to perform professional tasks in the construction industry. 
  3. Develop capacities of students to conduct research in new developmental trends in the construction industry.
  4. Equip students with entrepreneurial skills needed to propel them into business, especially the construction industry. 
  5. Train students to acquire and develop transferable hands-on skills demanded by employers
  6. Equip students with the knowledge in professional ethics in the construction industry and the implications of noncompliance.   
  7. To train students using modern facilities, thus ensuring practical experience regarding construction site management. 

 

Study Outcomes

At the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Perform professional tasks such as auditing construction designs, plan and supervise construction projects.
  2. Critically analyse problems in the construction projects delivery value chain and provide scientific solutions to address them.
  3. Perform the functions of a site manager/ engineer in the delivery of projects using project site management tools and techniques that are commonly used in the industry.
  4. Conduct problem-solving research to address challenges in the industry and also discover innovative materials to improve the sector.
  5. Create businesses and apply modern management principles to create employment opportunities for the unemployed.
  6. Train artisans with skills such as setting out, sustainable technologies adoption and materials selection, construction products development etc. 
  7. Uphold the highest ethical standards in the performance of their duties.

 

Admission, Progression and Graduation Requirements 

Entry Requirements

General Qualifications

  1. BTech certificate holders with a minimum of Second Class (Lower) Division and relevant working experience;
  2. A good first degree holders with a minimum of Second Class (Lower) Division; 
  3. Candidates should have obtained a good first degree in the following fields: Building Technology, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Infrastructure Planning, Real Estate or any other relevant field.

 

Programme Requirements

In addition to 8.1.1, Candidates must attend and pass an interview session to be granted access to the programme.

Progression

Duration and Progression

The MTech Construction Technology programme will span a period of TWO YEARS in duration. A student who is not able to complete the programme within eight (8) semesters shall be withdrawn. 

To progress from year one (1) to year two (2) a student should have taken all the required courses. A student who trails any course shall be given the chance to Re-sit the examination(s) before the beginning of the next academic year.  

Graduation Requirements

To successfully graduate from the programme and qualify for the award of the MTech in Construction Technology, candidates must satisfy the following conditions. The student must have:

  1. Passed all required courses of the programme.
  2. Achieved the minimum 103 credit hours applicable to the programme. 
  3. Obtained a minimum of 50% in any examination. iv. Obtained a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.5 or better.
  4. Submitted and successfully defended a dissertation. vi. his/her results and performance confirmed by the Academic Board of KsTU. 

 

Employment / Job Opportunities

MTech graduates in Construction Technology can be employed in many different sectors of the economy. Based on an extensive web survey in addition to knowledge of the local situation in Ghana the following areas of potential employment were distinguished:

  • Design/Engineering (Design and Construction), 
  • Quantity Surveying, 
  • Construction Management and 
  • Real Estate. 

 

MODULE ONE -AUDIT BUILDING DESIGNS SYSTEMS

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

THEORY

PRACTICALS

CREDIT

MCT 501

Soil & Foundation Systems 

1

2

2

MCT 503

Concrete Framing Systems

1

2

2

MCT 505

Metal Framing and Cladding Systems

1

2

2

MCT 507

Advanced Timber Framing Systems

1

1

1

MCT 509

Mini Project I

1

2

2

 

TOTAL

5

 9

9

 

MODULE TWO - SUPERVISE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WORKS

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

THEORY

PRACTICALS

CREDIT

MCT 511

Soil & Foundation Construction

1

4

3

MCT 513

Concrete Framing Construction

1

4

3

MCT 515

Metal Framing and Cladding Construction

1

4

3

MCT 517

Research Methods 

2

1

2

MCT 519

Advanced Timber Framing Construction

1

4

3

MCT 521

Mini Project II

1

2

2

 

TOTAL

7

 19

16

 

MODULE THREE -SUPERVISE CIVIL ENGINEERING AND SPECIALIST

CONSTRUCTION WORKS

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

THEORY

PRACTICALS

CREDIT

MCT 502

Civil Engineering Construction

2

3

4

MCT 504

Maintenance & Rehabilitation of Structures

2

2

4

MCT 506

Building Services 

1

2

2

MCT 508

Mini Project III

1

2

2

MCT 510

Entrepreneurship

2

1

2

 

TOTAL

8

10

14

 

MODULE FOUR - PLAN CONSTRUCTION WORKS

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

THEORY

PRACTICALS

CREDIT

MCT 512

Construction Planning, Scheduling &

Control

2

2

3

MCT 514

Advanced CAD Lab

1

2

2

MCT 516

Mini Project IV

1

2

2

MCT 518

Applied Statistics

2

1

2

MCT 520

Sustainable Infrastructure Development

2

1

2

MCT 522

Elective I

1

2

2

 

TOTAL

9

10

13

 

Elective I

MCT 522 Construction Project Management

MCT 522 Construction Units Production Technology

 

MODULE FIVE- MANAGE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

COURSE

CODE

COURSE TITLE

THEORY

PRACTICALS

CREDIT

MCT 601

Modern Construction Materials, Methods and Equipment 

2

1

2

MCT 603

Construction Personnel Management

2

4

4

MCT 605

Quality Control & Project Safety

Management

3

4

5

MCT 607

Industrial Internship

0

4

2

MCT 609

Mini Project V

1

2

2

MCT 611

Elective II

1

2

2

 

TOTAL

9

17

17

 

Elective II

MCT 611 Sustainable Waste Management

MCT 611 Smart Materials and Smart Structures

 

MODULE SIX - DISSERTATION

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

THEORY

PRACTICALS

CREDIT

MCT 604

Dissertation 

0

60

30

 

TOTAL

0

60

30

 

Courses

T

P

C

Total  

39

125

99

 

Credit Hours for Dissertation: 30

Duration: 
2 Years
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