KB5022 - Construction Project Management & Digital Engineering 1 [BIM]

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary at the early stages of construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the key pre-construction aspects of such projects in this module. Topics include:

• The planning for and management of construction engineering project level organisations and resources including materials, plant, direct labour, subcontractors and the supply chain.
• The use of construction engineering production information, the management of design during the construction process, and the role that digital engineering solutions, popularly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM) have in this process.
• Construction engineering project planning processes, including the use of critical path networks and bar charts, the selection and use of appropriate planning techniques, the application of planning software, and issues that arise from methodology selection, sequencing and the communication of such decisions.
• Production of construction engineering solutions for specific project challenges.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of engaging interactive methodologies including lectures*, small group seminars, engagement with simulated case study projects as well as engaging in technologically- enhanced learning (TEL) via computer lab workshops. You learning will also be facilitated through a combination of tutor guided independent learning activities (e.g. directed reading), and student identified independent learning activities. The use of past or available real life construction case studies may also be used to enhance learning activities.

*Lectures will be used to support effective transmission of information and will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face ‘live’ lectures held in university lecture theatres or using digitally pre-recorded lectures or live video webcasts hosted on the eLearning Portal (ELP).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include tutor feedback during small-group seminars, computer lab workshops, and in formative assessment tasks. There will be regular announcements issued on the eLearning Portal (ELP) that will direct you to suitable learning opportunities and activities that will enhance your understanding, knowledge and intellectual development through a combination of research rich learning and technologically enhanced learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be expected to be able to analyse the major processes involved in construction engineering operations and appraise the construction engineering workplace in terms of challenges to production.
2. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of digital engineering (BIM) as a process, which can improve the delivery of construction engineering projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
You will develop key professional skills valued by employers by:
3. Developing proposals for efficient temporary facilities in order to undertake effective construction engineering operations.
4. Producing effective planning solutions to the challenges of construction engineering projects, considering issues such as, sequence, methodology and strategy.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will be able to apply disciplinary knowledge to complex problems of practice and identify appropriate solutions.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be of both an individual and group nature across 2 separate tasks.

Task 1 is the submission of an individually prepared construction programme and site layout document. This task is worth 60% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and 5

Task 2 is the submission of a group documentary video exploring the use of digital engineering (BIM) in your discipline. This task is worth 40% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and addresses Learning Outcome 1,2 and 5.

On an ongoing basis the tutor will be able to give feedback as to the progress of your work and detailed feedback will be returned to you along with your marks for each task.





Module abstract

This module focuses upon pre-construction aspects of construction engineering projects. Key content in ‘Construction Project Management and Digital Engineering (BIM) 1’ includes the planning of work prior to execution, and considers how such plans are formulated and communicated to stakeholders. Management of construction engineering projects is explored through the use of traditional and contemporary methods and the potential benefits of newer technology and working practices are evaluated. This learning will equip you with knowledge and skills highly valued by employers that will enable you to help deliver effective construction engineering projects in future practice. The module has been designed to satisfy several of the programme learning outcomes related to technical knowledge, employability, commercial practice, critical thinking and innovation.

Course info

UCAS Code H200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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