Course Details

Designed for blended learning, you can work full-time whilst studying this BSc in Facilities and Workplace Management. This BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management draws on the range of disciplines from financial to risk management, leadership to project management, and operation management to innovation and business development. This programme is aimed at those, working in the facilities or workplace management sector or working in support services/trades to the FM sector, seeking to develop their skills and knowledge to degree level to advance their career.

Fee
€4,995.00
Start Date
6th February 2021
Qualification
Level 8 Honours Degree
Level
Undergraduate
Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
3 years

Overview

Are you interested in advancing your career in facilities management with a BSc in Facilities and Workplace Management? This honours degree has been designed by Portobello Institute for flexible learning so you can study in your own time. Supported seminars are delivered by webinar, over the weekend, with one to one support available to you throughout your learning journey. Attendance at supported seminars is not mandatory however active participation is recommended to support optimum personal learning and academic outcomes.

We understand the educational needs of those working in the FM sector, the challenges of working long hours in a demanding role, whilst trying to balance home life. This degree and mode of learning is ideally suited to you and will support you to achieve the qualifications you need to progress your career. This BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management and the follow-on programme of a Masters in Facilities & Workplace Management are the only programmes and qualifications of their type available in Ireland. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Why should I study this course?

 

Portobello Institute’s BSc Hons in Facilities and Workplace Management gives you the opportunity to attain a level 8 honours degree through a flexible mode of delivery designed to fit learning around your busy working life. With the demand and opportunities for professionally qualified FM’s at an all-time high, this degree draws on the range of disciplines from financial to risk management, leadership to project management, and operations management to innovation and business development. This industry specific BSc Honours degree is the only qualification of its type available to those seeking to gain a qualification and advance within this fast-paced sector.

 

 

"By 2025 the global Facility (FM) market is expected to be worth $1 trillion. The industry needs to attract people and maintain those already involved in FM."

- Eoin O'Sullivan - Facilities Management Lecturer

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this degree, you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Facilities and Workplace Management awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). This is an honours degree and is equivalent to a level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.

What will I study during this BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management course?

During this programme you will learn skills such as critically analysing and problem solving, the foundations for developing strategic decision-making skills. You will learn about the key theories, concepts and frameworks underpinning the study of Business Management in an FM context. Practical industry insights and presentations ensure that you can relate theory to real-life work scenarios. You will learn about the role that Facilities & Workplace Management has in the broader context of how modern organisations perform and the effects of the external environment on facilities management.

  • Understanding Workplace and Facilities Management

    The unit explores the term ‘Facilities Management’ and the role and scope of a facilities manager in the workplace and overall function within the organisation. Learners will develop an understanding of how Facilities Management fits within the structure of an organisation. The unit explores how Facilities Management as a non-core services can support the organisation core activities. It aims to develop knowledge, competencies and behaviors that characterize the modern facility manager. The Workplace and Facilities Management module provides learners with the opportunity to enhance their customer service, communication and people management skills. Facilities Managers are required to go beyond maintenance of the building asset to influence innovating the workplace environment. Understanding how Facility Management can deliver value goes beyond daily governance and maintenance, as workplaces are currently undergoing a dramatic change, which is influencing workplace and support functions are managed.

  • Decision-making in Facilities Management

    Advances in technology and data are generated at an ever-increasing rate. Business data analysis and Excel knowledge are key skills required for the application of Facilities Management. Business Decision Making provides the skills required to make effective use of the mathematical and statistical methods of data analysis and learners’ interpretation and reporting skills. The module further introduces you to forecasting and target setting, budgeting and project management. It. In doing so, it provides the skills and knowledge required for levels 5 and 6 modules, including the dissertation, that develop and evaluate the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Facilities Management.

    Your Lecturer

    Kevin Murray

    "This module is a great grounding in how to turn large volumes of data into meaningful information on which business decisions can be made, and how information can be represented professionally."

  • Fundamentals of Management

    Managers are crucial to getting things done, for example, they plan, organise, lead and coordinate the workplace of others to meet organisational goals. The challenges of managing in today’s ever-changing, increasingly uncertain and complex environment requires managers to have the knowledge, ability and skills to deal with ongoing change.  Skills such as managing information, delegating tasks, setting goals, building teams, motivating others and numerous other activities, achieve organisational success. The traditional view of the purpose and role of management in the workplace was to seek stability and efficiency in a top-down hierarchy aimed at achieving bottom-line results. In contrast, the contemporary management paradigm expects managers to engage in motivating people share information and lead change and finding shared vision and values in a complex workplace. Today’s managers require the knowledge and ability to draw on both traditional and contemporary approaches to management when formulating workplace decisions. They also need the skills, tools, and techniques to manage their own career trajectory based on the acquisition of sound employability skills and accompanying behaviours.

    Your Lecturer

    Derek Fox

  • Workplace Operations and Facilities Management

    The Workplace Operations and Facilities Management module provides learners with the knowledge required to effectively manage the facilities function within the workplace. The module introduces learners to the theories, concepts and frameworks that underpin operation management. This module identifies a range of facilities support services, their application, monitoring budgets and ensuring services are delivered within safe systems of work. Procurement practices are core learning, learners identify the functions of a specification in the procurement for facilities services, identifying different procurement processes, contracts and management of contracts.

  • Leadership and Change in the Workplace

    This module provides learners  with an comprehensive  interpretation  how both traditional  and  contemporary  theories  of  leadership.  It  examines  how  cumulative knowledge of leadership and change theory, can contribute to leading and managing business  organisations. Identifying  the  impact  of  leaders’  behaviour  on  others, particularly in terms of power, politics and conflict is crucial to understanding how to manage and lead an organisation to successful changes .Learners on  this  module will  have  opportunities to  enhance  their  goal  setting  and communication skills, and to develop key skills such as negotiation and persuasion as a means of dealing with conflict and morale issues that can arise when managing and leading people.    The  module  also  examines  the  Influences  such  as  securing  credit,  changing demands,  changing  technology,  legislation  change  and  globalization  creating ongoing  opportunities  and  threats  for  organisations.

  • Workplace Risk Management

    The purpose of this module is to develop leaner’s knowledge of the tools and techniques for managing Facilities Management risk in the modern workplace.  Managing building asset carries risk, to the facility, occupants or the corporation as a whole through action or inaction. This module questions the risk management theories and practices while developing the learners understanding  through  research  and  study  using  a  reflective,  integrated approach. Operative risk is core to Facility Management as it exposes the infrastructure of the core business.  The module will provide a firm foundation in the practical factors that characterize facilities and operations management research, fundamental concepts, ideas and practices.

  • Property and Asset Management in Facilities Management

    This  module   enables   learners   to   interpret   the   application   of   property   and   asset management in the workplace and Facilities Management. The purpose of the module is to  develop  learner’s  knowledge  of  the  tools  and  techniques  for  managing Facilities Management assets  in  the  business  environment.  Asset  management  is  the  planned management of the physical assets to meet with the demand of the occupier. This can only be achieved by continuous decision making thought-out the lifetime of the asset.

    This module equips learners with the skills to develop and manage a property portfolio which supports the core organisations strategy. This is achieved by providing learners with  the  knowledge  develop  and  evaluate  appropriate  premises  fabric  and  building services strategies and review the effectiveness of the strategies.

    Delivering the best possible assets management and service delivery strategy is an essential  part  of  Facilities  Management.    Adequate  asset  maintenance  reduces  the demand for new  assets by  putting strategies in place  which that result in non-asset solutions. In this module learners  will develop their knowledge of the infrastructural management function as well as the principal infrastructural management instruments and  strategies  such  as  asset  registers,  building  condition  appraisal  and  investment options.

  • Managing People for Facilities Management

    The Managing People for Facilities Managers module will provide learners with the key skills required for managing employees. The maintenance of the workplace environment, which supports the organisations core operations, is the objective of the facilities manager. As the dynamic and requirement of modern organisations are everchanging, the work environment is also changing. It is essential for the facilities manager to have the skills and capability to manage people, to apply all these processes and effect continuous change within the workplace.

  • Budgeting for Facilities Management

    The Financial Management for Facilities Managers module plays a significant role in developing  learners  as  responsible  and  professionally  developed  management practitioners.   This   module   will   provide   learners   with   deep   insight   into   the fundamentals of finance  while also providing them  with the requisite  knowledge to advance further in the field of Workplace and Facilities Management.

    The  module  will  prepare  learners  to  undertake  and  to  communicate  financial  data while  also  providing  a  foundation  in  the  theoretical  and  practical  elements  of business  finance.  In  addition,  learners  will  be  provided  with  the  management knowledge and skills necessary for their professional development and the decision-making processes appropriate to Facilities Management.

  • Business Research Methods

    This module introduces students to the essential methodologies, approaches and tools for business research. The module takes over from the skills picked up at level 4 in particular, the quantitative and qualitative skills taught and assessed in various modules. It explores some of the philosophies and theoretical perspectives underpinning the many different ways of conducting research as well as providing practical examples and guidance on how research should be planned and implemented. This module also provides a grounding to the final year dissertation for the Business and Management and related courses.
    The module enables students to gain lifelong and employability skills such as planning, searching, reading, gathering and analysing data, writing and referencing. It provides students with technological tools to achieve the necessary results efficiently.
    The module helps students to reflect on how research has enabled global organisations with their integrated and interdependent challenges to adapt to the uncertain world.
    The module introduces students to the key and current business concepts and their operationalisation through a simple review of the literature. In doing so, it enables students to deal with conflicting issues of ethics and equality.
    The key skills taught and assess on the module will include advanced use of Excel and/or SPSS, data analysis (Statistical and Thematic) and reporting.

  • Strategic Management in the Workplace and Facilities Management

    Strategy  is  concerned  with  the  development,  success  and  failure  of  all types of organisations,  from  multinationals  to  entrepreneurial  start-ups, including charities  to government  agencies,  and  many others. Strategic  management constitutes  a  key element  of  all  professional  business and management  qualifications. The facilities managers role,  in  terms  of  strategy, is  different  from  other  aspects  of  management. Facilities  manager,  as  an operational  manager, is  required  to  deal  with  problems  of operational  control  in  the  workplace  and the monitoring of financial performance while maintaining a high level of internal customer service. Facilities managers spend most of their time involved in operational management.

    Operational  management,  and  managing  resources,  is  essential  for the  success  of strategy  but it  differs  greatly  from strategic  management. Strategic  management  is concerned  with the  large  amount  of complexity  within  the  workplace  which  have organisation wide implications. Facilities  managers  whom  are  used  to  managing  daily operations and resources are often challenged to understand the organisational overall strategy.   This module equips facilities leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to  critically  analyse  contemporary  organisations  within  changing  environments both nationally and globally.

    This module sets out the key elements of strategic management using Fundamentals of Strategy. Learners will be able to formulate, evaluate and defend realistic and creative proposals for future strategic direction of the Facilities Management department; and to plan for the effective implementation of the workplace strategy selected.

  • Project Management in Facilities Management

    Increasingly facilities managers are required to manage projects.  Facilities Management  workplace  projects  can  range  from  commission  new  work  areas,  implementing  new methods  for  work,  sustainability  programmes  or  reallocation  of  staff.    To  successfully execute  these  projects,  facilities  managers  need  to  set  out  an  approach  which  is structured to  complete  the  project.    This  module  provides  the  learner  with  the  core learning   and   knowledge   required   to   equip   them   projects   on   time   and   meeting expectations.   This   module uses the   Association   of   Project   Management   Body   of   Knowledge (APMBOK),   and  prepares learners   in   the capabilities  required  for  effective  project  management:  managing  resources,  time, people,  and  the  project  as  a  whole.  The  module  includes  both  the  use  of  computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

  • CSR and Energy Management in Facilities Management

    Corporate  and  Social  Responsibility  (CSR)  and  Energy  for  Facilities  Managers  as  a module  plays  a  significant  role  in  developing  learners’  ethical  and  environmental responsibilities.  Sustainability  decisions  are  now  significant  factors  for  organisations when determining business strategies. Governments are driving change, consumers and organisations are increasingly including sustainability in their purchasing decisions.

    The module will prepare learners for real world practice through case study theory and to  undertake  and  to  communicate  tasks  and  assignments  linking  theory,  research, analysis,  evaluation,  evidence  and  practice.  It  will  provide  a  firm  foundation  in  the philosophical  and  practical  factors  that  characterize  CSR,  sustainability  and  energy management and fundamental concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies of Facilities Management.

    Energy  Management  within Facilities  Management promotes  the  efficient  utilization  of energy  in  industrial  and  commercial  environments.    This  module  provides  participants with  a  fundamental  understanding  of  energy  management  from  a  local,  national  and international perspective.

  • Workplace and Facilities Management Support Services Operations

    Organisations  depend  on  a  selection  of  departments  to  provide  support  to  the  core business operations.  Facilities Management is the process where a department delivers, to the organisation, agree levels of support services which deliver quality and meet with the organisation and their stakeholder requirements.  This module questions the facility and  operations  management  theories  and  practices  while  developing  the  learners understanding through interaction, research and study. These supports can be delivered internally or by an external provider, decision based on the  effectiveness  to  the  primary  services.   In  addition,  these  required  services  are constantly  changing  due  to  the  changing  environment  in  which  organisations  operate.

    These changes have a direct impact on the changes in the services required by Facilities Management. The  module  will  prepare  learners  for  real  world  practice  through  case study  theory.    It  will  provide  a  firm  foundation  in  the  practical  factors  that  characterize facilities and operations management research, fundamental concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies.

    The module will focus on areas of Facilities Management as a customer service provider in the workplace, Change Management, Logistics, Operations and IT.

  • Procurement and Contract Management for the Workplace and Facilities Management

    This module plays a significant role in developing learners as ethical, responsible, well informed,   evidence-based   Procurement   and   Contract   Management   for Facilities Management. The correlation between procurement and service  delivery is examined and the criteria necessary for successful delivery of the daily Facilities Management service.    This module  provides  an  overview  of  outsourcing,  procurement,  contract  and contract management in the workplace and Facilities Management.

    Outsourcing in Facilities Management involves turning over decision-making to an entity external  to  the  organisation.    The  decision  to  outsource  the Facilities  Management,  or part  of  the Facilities  Management function  is  to maximise  returns  on  investment.   This module will outline how learners can determine the most suitable procurement strategy to serve the current workplace services by assessing the service requirements and the real cost of the service delivery.

    The  module  covers  the  content  and  structure  of  service  contracts  and  how  clear specifications  are essential  to  engage  and  maintain  high  levels  of  service  delivery, increase performance and control costs.  Selection of bidders and the  management of the tender process specific to services and successful negotiation techniques will also be explained.

  • Financial Management

    The  module  is  concerned  with  the  financial  decision  making  within  the Facilities Management department  and  the  facilities  manager  role  as  a  business  manager.  Decisions  in  terms  of  raising  revenue  cost  reduction  and  the  Financial  Position and required investment.

    The  module  examines  how  the  efficient  management  of  finance  by  the Facilities Management. is essential for funding the daily operations, maintenance, repair and any project works.

    It focuses on the strategic aspects of management accounting and will explore and critically evaluate management accounting techniques. This approach develops learners’ knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical models, analytical methods and practical aspects of corporate financial decision making.

    Your Lecturer

    Kevin Murray

    "Students in this module get an insight into the way a finance function works and interacts with other functions in an organisation. The elements of the module which looks at the Budget process is particularly valuable as all department managers will at some point be heavily involved in preparing and reviewing budgets."

  • Workplace and Facilities Management Research Assignment

    This module focuses on the process of transforming data into information that will be useful to users, one being the writer of the report and another a potential specialist in the industry itself, i.e. a future employer. The undertaking of the investigation and project will enable the student to pursue a robust enquiry into the industry or sector in which they are hoping to find employment.

    Furthermore, this module will help students to prepare for the graduate job market by ensuring they have up-to-date application material and online profile as well as gaining further personal experience of the application process. Researching the report and completion of associated activities will enable students to excel at interviews.

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Paul Smith

About Paul

I have over 30 years experience as a practicing senior manager, primarily in Guinness / Diageo but also including organisational consulting (PWC) and independent business partnerships.  My functional experience covers areas of finance (CIMA qualified), supply chain management (incl. procurement and logistics), business process improvement, shared services and lean business transformation, both in Ireland and internationally (including increasing involvement in business change / programme delivery). I am IMI / UCC accredited executive coach.

Why did you chose to work in education?

I believe that education is the key contemporary enabler towards new levels of personal, organisational and societal effectiveness. I believe it’s a natural fit for me with business coaching in its common root. Portobello at its best, competes with the best anywhere in the world – you don’t have to go to a big ticket provider to get a first-class education!

Personal Academic Tutor

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.

Bernard MacOscair

Position: Facilities Management Lecturer

About Bernard

I am currently Senior Executive with a proven international, multi-site & multi-disciplinary track record in Operation Excellence, Business Development, Project Management, Utilities and Facilities. A lifelong student of organisational behaviour and operational excellence, I continue to deliver measured customer-centric results through my consulting firm Berka Solutions Ltd. An excellent communicator and leader at all levels, I have over 15 years’ experience in lecturing, training and development, with a strong belief in the power of change management through Continuous Improvement, Transformational and Lean Programs.

Bernard’s Teaching Philosophy 

As a believer in the Growth mindset, I hold education and personal development at the core of everything I do in class. My coaching, inclusive and collaborative style allows student to engage in their studies, therefore building their knowledge base.

Career Highlights 

As a passionate problem solver, I have led some significant program in the recent passed;

  •  Implemented a Change Management & Continuous Improvement program for a Large Multi-National Insurance Firm.
  • Delivered an accelerated Outsourcing program for a large Pharmaceutical Multi-National achieving over 1 million in cost savings.
  • Reduced FM spend for a portfolio of Pharma manufacturing sites from 24 million to 21 million through Operational Excellence program.
  • Build an Operations team from 1 to 100, restructured twice while increasing productivity by 17%.
  • Led a project team to implement LAAS (Light as a Service) solution that won the national FM project of the Year.
  • Led the overhaul of 138MW Generator in situ in India, saving over 2.2 million in costs.
  • Led the design, development, commissioning and validation of the largest automated Purified Water Room in Ireland at the time.

Qualifications 

  • MBA
  • BEng

 

Derek Fox

Position: Facilities Management Lecturer

About Derek 

I am currently lead facilitator and director of DFLeap consulting and have previously worked as a senior specialist in the area of management, leadership and communications with the IMI (Irish Management Institute). I have over 30 years’ experience in learning design, management, coaching and development. I’ve spent 15 years in a large multinational corporation and have worked in both business and academia across Europe, Asia, and America.

I began my career as an Engineer but became passionately involved in Psychology in my twenties. This led me to working as a trainer/lecturer in leadership and management where I enjoy working with individuals and organisations to unlock their full potential.

I have published a number of books including the popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and am regular contributor to business and press publications.

Derek’s Teaching Philosophy

As adults we learn best by doing, I have an engaging style and supportive approach to learning. I mix theory with application to provide a real-life experience for students. I use a lot of experiential learning activities to help students unlock potential and really absorb the learning so that they can apply it directly to real life situations. I will provide a safe environment where you will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and reach new achievements.

From an Academic point I have designed, managed and delivered on programmes up to and including Level 9 Awards on the NFQ. I am a qualified dissertation and thesis supervisor and have helped students deliver business and academic research papers.

I have accredited awards in organisational behaviour, psychology, psychometrics, people management, training, e-learning, programming languages and engineering. I have completed the C.I.P.D (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) accredited Certificate in Training Practices (CTP). I have also completed John Townsend’s Master Trainer programme and is a licensed NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) master practitioner.

Qualifications Held

  • MSc Organisational Behaviour
  • MA Psychology
  • BA People Management
  • Level A and B Psychometrics
  • CiPD Certificate in Training Practice
  • Sports Psychology
  • Master Trainer Program

Research/ Industry Participation

Derek has conducted and publish research across a number of sectors, he is a published author and regular contributor to business press and journals. Derek has published a number of books including his popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and is a regular contributor to business and press publications.

Dermot Hardy

Position: Facilities Management Lecturer

“There is nothing more satisfying than explaining some theory to students, applying it to a real life example and then watching everyone nod as they get a real understanding of the issue .”

About Dermot

I feel very strongly that the level of talent and expertise in Ireland in is comparable to that available in other leading financial centres and the lecturing and training I provide reflects this. I really enjoy the teaching as I feel it gives me a chance to share my experiences with the students so that they can benefit from my real-life experiences. It also shows that you don’t have to go abroad to become an expert in your field, through hard work and study you can achieve that easily in Ireland.

Qualifications

  • M.A. Degree
  • Associate Member of the Corporate Treasurers
  • Irish Securitisation Forum (ISF)
  • Irish Securitisation Working Group
  • IFSC Banking & Treasury Committee (A sub-committee of the Clearing House Group under the auspices of the Department of An Taoiseach. )

 

Eoin O Sullivan

Position: Facilities Management Lead Lecturer

About Eoin

I began my career in 1990 in Mechanical services working on construction projects in the greater Munster area, e.g. Apple Inc. Cork Airport and Debeers, culminating in 2000 as a mechanical project supervisor. I then took up a position in a large private healthcare facility in Cork whereby I started my journey in Facilities Management. I was responsible for some key aspects of strategic management and operational functions. In the last few years I continued that journey as I moved to a large University to become a significant member of the FM team adding my experience and vision to the organisation.

I have always been a keen advocate of continuous personal and professional development and business today recognises this aspect and rewards it. I have achieved multiple qualifications in areas such as; mechanical services, process and chemical engineering, electrical and gas systems, leading empowered organisations, IOSH accreditation and project management.

My vast experience in these subjects coupled with 10 years construction experience and over 20 years of facility management allow me to cultivate rapport with students and develop course work and material based on practical experience in the workplace.

Eoin’s Teaching Philosophy

I am a qualified Engineer and a proud member of Engineer’s Ireland and I take pride in my attention to precision and detail. I base my lectures and teaching style on this philosophy. I strive to prepare and manage quality coursework relevant to the student with industry focus. The coursework is based on the required learning outcomes developed to engage students and peer learning. I have previously lectured with other adult education providers and the Cork Institute of Technology where I still guest lecture on career aspects with students to help them understand and see opportunities that lay ahead through education.

Qualifications 

  • Masters in Project Management
  • Process and Chemical Engineer
  • Qualified Plumber
  • Electrical Systems
  • Gas Systems
  • Leading an Empowered Organisation
  • Managing Safely – IOSH

Research / Industry Participation

  • ISO 50001 – Energy management
  • OHS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety,
  • ISO 9001- Quality Management Systems
  • IAM – Institute of Asset Management
  • Joint Commission International Standards

Kevin Murray

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” (Benjamin Franklin).  Obtaining knowledge gives a lifetime of benefit, especially when that knowledge is related to your day to day work.”

Position: Facilities Management Lecturer

About Kevin

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and have held a number of senior management roles since then in sectors as diverse as transport, healthcare and IT. I co-founded a software company and was head of finance for that company from incorporation, through international growth and onto a multi-million dollar trade sale to a US based multinational corporation.

Kevin’s Teaching Philosophy

Its important students understand the “why” behind what they learn.  When you understand the “why”, you will always know the “how”.  Finance in particular, is an area of management practice that is full of terminology. Understanding why this terminology is used will make it much more understandable when you come across it in your own management career. A qualification should be more than a piece of paper, it should be a set of skills you can use for life. Understanding finance, especially areas such as budgeting and discounted cash flow is an essential skill for any Facilities Manager.

Qualifications 

  • BBS
  • MA
  • FCA

 

Tony O Gorman

Position: Facilities Management lecturer

“We are dealing with unprecedented change in our industry. It is imperative therefore to keep upskilling, networking and seeking new ways to deliver FM in the most efficient and effective manner.”

About Tony 

I have worked in engineering, maintenance and management roles for the last four decades, in a variety of senior roles for multinationals, the not-for-profit sector, various parts of the public sector in addition to running my own successful businesses in the technical consulting, training and industrial maintenance sectors. I have worked in Ireland, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, United States and Ireland. I bring this wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the classroom.

Tony’s Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on early and continual engagement with students across the duration of their studies. I have witnessed the transformative effect that a successful learning experience has on the lives of students and has a particular interest in supporting adult learners returning to the classroom by utilizing learning sessions as forums for students to learn by solving real-world problems using practical work experiences. I have a wide range of teaching experiences in both public and private education institutes. I lecture in the areas of FM Asset Management, Risk, Health & Safety , Strategic Management, People and Change and Project Management.

Qualifications

  • MBA Henley Management College/University of Reading
  •  M.A Health Services Management. UCD Whitaker School of Government and Management.
  • Master of Engineering, Open University
  • B. Eng. (Hons) in Environmental & Public Health Engineering. Open University
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Technology Management. IT Tallaght
  • PMI PMP certification
  •  Doctoral Candidate – Doctorate in Business
  • Administration (principal area of research is the area of organisational performance measurement and management)

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. There is a seminar held at the commencement of each module. Attendance is not mandatory. The seminars are designed to support students understand the requirements of the learning outcomes, the expectations of the assessment and meet their tutor for the module.

Course Structure

This is an online learning course with webinars delivered over three academic years. There are supported seminars held at weekends with an exact schedule available here.

In first year, you will complete four core modules which will introduce you to the programme of study and provide you with essential skills that will aid your study for the course of your degree.

In second year, you will complete a total of six modules, two yearlong core modules which run for the duration of both semesters, alongside two additional modules each semester.

In third year, you will complete seven modules, one core yearlong module that runs for the duration of both semesters, as well as an additional three module each semester. The modules include your research assignment which will take place in the first semester.

Seminars & Tutor Support

The tutorial seminars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These seminars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need as a Facilities Manager. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.  This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.

 

What is a Webinar?

A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.

Semester 1

Semester 1 runs from 06/02/21 to 29/05/21

Webinars are held on scheduled Saturdays from 10am – 4pm with breaks at intervals throughout the session.

The schedule of webinars is generally a maximum of 2 per month. This is a guideline and subject to change, a full schedule is given during the induction session.

There is a break over the summer months of 2021

Webinar sessions are recorded should you be unable to attend.

Semester 2

Semester 2 commences 02/10/21  completing 28/01/22

Webinars are held on scheduled Saturdays from 10am – 4pm with breaks at intervals throughout the session.

The schedule of webinars is generally a maximum of 2 per month. This is a guideline and subject to change, a full schedule is given during the induction session.

Note: Semester 3 commences Feb’ 22

Webinar sessions are recorded should you be unable to attend.

Remaining Semesters for Year 2 & 3

The calendar for each academic year will be similar to that described for semester 1 & 2 of this intake.

The calendar for students gaining advanced entry to year 2 or 3 of this programme is the same to that described for year 1.

Tuition and exam registration fees are applicable per academic year ie for 2 semesters at a time.

A Flexible Learning Journey

The schedule of this course is designed to offer you flexibility and support at the times you need it.

Unpredictable work hours are the norm of the FM so we record webinar sessions for you to catch up later should you be unable to attend.

You can book one to one tutor support at a time that is convenient to you including evenings and Saturdays.

Our expert tutors are available to support you throughout your learning journey, including the weeks when webinars are not scheduled.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used to support students with different learning styles. These vary from written reports to practical case studies, skills demonstrations to examinations. The final year project provides the opportunity for an extended piece of formal scientific writing preparing you for your future career and the need to keep scientific based patient notes. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.

Career prospects

Related Courses

Blended Learning

MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management

Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management. This MSc in Facilities Management builds upon your knowledge and experience from undergraduate studies/ experiential learning in the workplace and sets out to develop the critical and practical skills which can be applied in the practice of facilities and operational management in a highly competitive global market place.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
6th February 2021
Online with webinars

IWFM Level 5 Diploma (Nov 20)

Delivered online with webinars, you can work full-time and study this IWFM Level 5 Diploma in Facilities Management. This qualification is designed for specialist facilities managers and those working at middle or senior management level who are responsible for specialised and complex functions. It is also suitable for those aspiring to work in such a role that currently work within the profession.

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
19th November 2020

Speak to an expert

Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.

It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.

Your Consultant

Brandon McLean

About Brandon

Hi! I am Brandon McLean, the Director of Enrolment here at the Portobello Institute. Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I oversee the team that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you.

How long are you working in Portobello?

I have been with the Portobello Institute for over two years now.

What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?

I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student that talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled.

What inspires you about working in education?

 Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.  

How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?

Absolutely exhilarated!

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How do I apply?

Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute.

To recognise your previous qualifications and give you credit for the experiential learning you have as a result of your work to date, we have designed this degree with multiple entry points. Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you or if you are unsure where you fit, please email your cv to brandon.mclean@portobelloinstitute.ie for further advice or call him on 01-8920035. We can support you identify the correct entry point for you.

Requirements

Without a Leaving Certificate

Entry to First Year

If you are seeking to enter the first year of this degree, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • BIFM Level 3
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Experiential Learning in FM or related field
  • Senior trade certificate

Advanced Entry to Second Year

You may apply for advanced entry to the second year of the BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Relevant other 3rdlevel qualification eg: IWFM Level 4 Diploma
  • Senior Trade Cert with significant experience and three senior endorsements – requires entry assessment via application process

Advanced Entry to Third Year

You may apply for advanced entry to the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Facilities & Workplace Management if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Relevant other Level 7 degree
  • Level 5 or 6 graduates from IWFM Diploma
Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.

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Step 2

Applicants will be contacted for confirmation/evidence of meeting the entry criteria and year of entry will be confirmed.

Step 3

Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria, may be required to attend the IWFM level 3 certificate with an offer of a place on the programme issued following completion of this certificate. This programme is available through Portobello Institute.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student with London Metropolitan University.

Fees & Payment Options

  • Year 1 Fees & Payment Options

    Fees (Year1)

    Course Price

    Per academic year.

    €4,995.00

    Exam Body Reg. Fee

    Per academic year - due at start of academic year.

    €435.00

    Full Payment

    Total amount payable (Year 1).

    €5,430.00

    Easy Payment Plan

    Deposit of 30%. Balance payable in 6 equal instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course commences. All additional fees such as exam body registration fees are included in the easy payment plan detailed.

    Deposit Amount

    30% deposit payment, due on application of your course.

    €1,717.50

    Instalments Payments

    Deposit payment (€1,717.50), followed by 6 scheduled payments every 1 month(s).


    Includes one off instalment fee of €295.00. Payments scheduled every 1 month(s).

    • €667.92 due on 1st May 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st June 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st July 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st August 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st September 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st October 2021.
    €4,007.50
  • Year 2 Fees & Payment Options

    Fees (Year2)

    Course Price

    Per academic year.

    €4,995.00

    Exam Body Reg. Fee

    Per academic year - due at start of academic year.

    €435.00

    Full Payment

    Total amount payable (Year 2).

    €5,430.00

    Easy Payment Plan

    Deposit of 30%. Balance payable in 6 equal instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course commences. All additional fees such as exam body registration fees are included in the easy payment plan detailed.

    Deposit Amount

    30% deposit payment, due on application of your course.

    €1,717.50

    Instalments Payments

    Deposit payment (€1,717.50), followed by 6 scheduled payments every 1 month(s).


    Includes one off instalment fee of €295.00. Payments scheduled every 1 month(s).

    • €667.92 due on 1st May 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st June 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st July 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st August 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st September 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st October 2021.
    €4,007.50
  • Year 3 Fees & Payment Options

    Fees (Year3)

    Course Price

    Per academic year.

    €4,995.00

    Exam Body Reg. Fee

    Per academic year - due at start of academic year.

    €435.00

    Full Payment

    Total amount payable (Year 3).

    €5,430.00

    Easy Payment Plan

    Deposit of 30%. Balance payable in 6 equal instalments commencing the 1st of the month after the course commences. All additional fees such as exam body registration fees are included in the easy payment plan detailed.

    Deposit Amount

    30% deposit payment, due on application of your course.

    €1,717.50

    Instalments Payments

    Deposit payment (€1,717.50), followed by 6 scheduled payments every 1 month(s).


    Includes one off instalment fee of €295.00. Payments scheduled every 1 month(s).

    • €667.92 due on 1st May 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st June 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st July 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st August 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st September 2021.
    • €667.92 due on 1st October 2021.
    €4,007.50