Module Title:Facilities & Building Services Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 15
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Private study
Module Aim: To develop the student's ability to manage the energy, services and facilities of a building.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 To demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of energy, building services and Facilities Management (FM) strategies in commercial & industrial environments
LO2 To evaluate and understand application of best practice FM operations, maintenance and information technology systems across a facility and in particular those relating to building services.
LO3 To apply best practice approach to facilities change and crisis management on new facility and retrofit/refurbishment applications.
LO4 To manage a facility and its building services in a sustainable, ethical & energy efficient manner.
LO5 To prepare or evaluate a building energy audit & understand how an audit can drive performance improvement.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Facility Managers (2 hours)
(a) Background and history of FM (b) Role, job description and duties of an FM manager
Facilities Management Operations (5 hours)
(a) Hard V. Soft services (b) Outsourcing V. In-house operations (c) Mission and vision statements (d) The Balanced Scorecard (e) KPIs - key performance indicators
Ethical Facilities Management (3 hours)
(a) Professional ethics for FM managers (b) Whistle blowing (c) Corporate security and confidentiality
Sustainable Facilities Management (5 hours)
(a) Sustainability in FM (b) Corporate sustainability and social responsibility (c) Organisational sustainability goals (d) Green strategy development (e) TBL - Triple Bottom Line Framework development (f) FM and ecologically (g) Supply chain ecosystems (h) Waste management (i) Waste water management for pharma plants
Health, Safety and Security of Personnel (10 hours)
(a) Work placement productivity (b) Sick building syndrome (c) dealing with employee complaints (d) occupational health and safety (e) ergonomics (f) Building Services and their impact on the workforce (g) Hazard and risk assessments (h) Employee personal security and well being (i) Fire evacuations and the psychology of fire
Production Management Techniques for FM (10 hours)
(a) Production management techniques (b) Lean management (c) Time and motion management (d) Six Sigma (e) Kaizen (f) 7 wastes
Crisis and Change Management (10 hours)
(a) Risk analysis (b) Crisis management (c) Change management (d) Disaster/Extreme Event Recovery (e) Business continuity planning (f) Space planning and management (g) Lease management
Building Services Management ( 24 hours)
(a) Services management (b) Space planning for services (c) Building and services life cycles (d) Services coordination (e) Commissioning engineering (f) Services life cycles and replacement costs (g) Specialised services for clean rooms, pharmaceutical plants, telecommunication buildings, etc. (h) Sustainable services (i) Zero and near zero energy services (j) Lighting installation costings (k) Managing water resources
Validation engineering (6 hours)
(a) Validation requirements (b) Validation engineering justification (c) Methods of validation (d) FDA and other licensing authority requirements (e) Building Services Validation for clean rooms and process engineering
Industrial Facilities Management (10 hours)
(a) Super clean environmental and space requirements (b) Industry types FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods), chemical, pharmaceutical and medical devices (c) Industry specific regulatory requirements (d) Facility management in clean room applications (e) Facility testing and qualification (f) Facilities and utilities services - water, steam, compressed gas and HVAC (g) Facilities life safety systems management and auditing
FM Information Technology (10 hours)
(a) Building services controls systems (b) Building automation system (BAS) (c) Building Services Management systems (BMS) (d) Energy Management Systems (e) Smart Buildings and Technologies (f) Asset management systems (g) Computerised maintenance management (CMMS) system
Maintenance Management (10 hours)
(a) Building and services life cycles (b) Maintenance Services coordination (c) Maintenance management types – predicative/condition based, preventative, reactive, etc. (d) Implementing a maintenance programme (e) Services and buildings maintenance contracts management and negotiation (f) Asset management
Energy Management (45 hours)
(a) Energy assessment and legislation overview (b) Energy monitoring, targeting, recording and reporting (c) Energy data collection and sampling methodologies (d) Energy legislation, taxes, grants and incentives (e) Energy efficient management of buildings (f) Fuel usage analysis (g) Electrical / fossil fuel / water tariff and supplier contract negotiation (h) County Council Rates Negotiation (i) Energy audits (j) Appraisal of energy system usage (k) Degree day analysis and regression analysis (l) Energy benchmarks (m) NPIs - Normalised Performance Indicators (n) CUSUM - Cumulative Sum Deviation method
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other No Description 5 10.00 Sem 1 End
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,3,4,5 30.00 Sem 1 End
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 5.00
Total Hours 300.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMFAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Facilities and Building Services Management 7 Mandatory