Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Facility management 1 (EN)

Danish title
Facility management 1 (EN)
Study programme
Architectural Technology and Construction Management
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor Programme
3. semester
Duration of the subject/module
1 semester
Programme elements
Start time
Håndværkergården, København N
Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 36, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Claudio Spaziani Testa
  • Purpose

    Facilities Management introduces the students to solving and implementing FM tasks as a management discipline responsible for the physical framework for a business and the associated service functions.

    Throughout the years, there have been several definitions and interpretations of the facilities management concept. KEA follows the European and Danish standard DS/EN 15221-1, which is endorsed by, among others, DFM-NET, Dansk Facilities Management Network, and CFM, Centre for Facilities Management, and which states that FM is the:
    "Integration of processes within an organisation to maintain and develop the services that support and improve the efficiency of the primary activities".

    Based on the standard, FM can be grouped into customer needs under the headings 'Areas and infrastructure' and 'People and organisation'. This corresponds to the commonly used subdivision between property management and services, also referred to as 'hard FM' and 'soft FM'. At KEA, emphasis will continue to be placed on 'hard FM'.

    The elective encourages students throughout the course to work based on a strategic mindset and documented client/operator requirements supported by the financial framework for the selected project. During the elective period, the students learn and apply a common terminology to describe and discuss these requirements.

    The preparation of a project is central to the teaching and is supplemented with lectures, excursions, study trips and exercises. In addition to the project, the students are introduced to digital calculation and presentation tools.


    The student has acquired development-oriented knowledge of the following:
    - Principles within the design of construction work
    The ability to understand the following practice, theory and method:
    - Geotechnology
    - Excavation, soil moving and compression
    - Foundation laying methods
    - Underground pipes and cables
    - Road and resurfacing work
    - Digital terrain models
    - Setting out with documentation
    - Concrete, reinforcement and shuttering
    - Review of tender documents
    - Production methods and aids
    - Construction management and supervision of construction work


    The student has acquired the skills to apply the following methods and tools:
    - Prepare a schedule for construction work based on performance data
    - Measure quantities and prepare a tender list
    - Fix the price of construction work, including materials, wages, equipment and contribution margin
    - MS Project
    The ability to assess the following types of problems:
    - Understand and assess a geotechnical report
    The ability to propose solutions within the following areas and justify them:
    - Excavation work
    - Dewatering and discharge work


    The graduate has acquired the competencies needed to:
    - Prepare a business plan and strategic programme for a business
    - Plan and follow up on design reviews in the individual design phases
    Independently participate in:
    - Preparation of a needs profile based on the Real Estate Norm
    - Preparation of an operating and maintenance plan based on a standard computer programme
    Assume responsibility within the following areas:
    - Documentation and registration of buildings – condition report/due diligence
    - Presentation and argumentation in favour of selected solutions based on the strategic programme

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    The teaching is based on the understanding that learning is most efficient if students are given the opportunity to work with real-life assignments from, or inspired by, companies in relevant industries.
    When choosing a project, the possibility of incorporating the academic and professional challenges throughout the semester into the project must be taken into account.
    The students are given the opportunity to be involved in the various project phases, from preliminary analysis to realisation of the project. In connection with the project work, the students are faced with real-life problems to be solved based on the given theory, and are to organise the work in such a way that deadlines can be met. The students are furthermore provided with the necessary qualifications to work independently, thereby preparing them to complete the final project as an individual assignment.
    This working method allows the students to gain an understanding of how problems are identified and analysed, how solution models are set up, and how the right solution is adopted.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Written group project with oral presentation
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Facility management 1 (EN) you will receive 39 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 52 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 28% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, project work, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: group work, project work, study group.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances