KB7011 - Collaborative Management of Civil Engineering

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What will I learn on this module?

You will build upon the learning from previous years to enable you to take a critical view of how civil engineering projects are managed and to produce your own solutions for how to deliver them better. This will be based around both the way people work together and the way they communicate as well as the technical and business systems that are used. Subjects you will cover include:
The longitudinal development of civil & infrastructure projects
Contracts & procurement strategies in civil engineering
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Civil & infrastructure engineering management

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of direct contact with the tutors in lectures, seminars and workshop sessions as well as through your own independent work. In semester 1 you will learn about key principles in lectures from both the tutors and guests from industry. You will consider a series of real life case studies to establish how complex engineering theories are applied to practical examples. Class discussion and on line forums will enable you to develop you knowledge. You will have the opportunity to lead seminars to present your ideas and receive feedback from tutors and your colleagues as you progress through the module.
In the 2nd semester, there will be a strong focus on collaboration which involves a large amount of team working. You will attend intensive workshop sessions with your project team members and mentors. Through a combination of mentors- and student-led sessions you will explore a key theme from the syllabus. In your teams you will use a real life civil & infrastructure project as a vehicle to explore the practical application of collaborative working in a BIM environment. At the end of each of you will present a reflection of your learning in a collaborative BIM environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The tutors and your colleagues will give you feedback during discussions and other class sessions to assist your development and help you feed forward to marked assessment tasks [written feedback from which will also allow you to learn]. The feedback will help you to self-assess your understanding and ability to propose solutions to problems. So you will get a chance to re-focus your self-directed study with a view to achieving the best you can from the module. The feedback also helps the tutors to monitor how well you are doing and to intervene if needed to re-direct your efforts. You will capture all of this in a reflective log which will be assessed.

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. Formulate solutions to specific civil & infrastructure problems through the project life cycle.
2. Appraise available contracts and procurement methods for delivering civil and infrastructure engineering projects.
3. Critically analyse the role of BIM in delivering civil and infrastructure engineering projects.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. 4. Formulate advice on solving complex engineering problems relating to stakeholder management.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. 5. Critically evaluate the importance of collaboration and to understand the ethical and legal implications of data sharing and data security.

How will I be assessed?

For your first assessment you will be required to work in groups to produce a 10 minute presentation relating to engineering procurement . MLO’s 1 & 2.
You will receive written feedback which will aim to give you guidance on how you can improve your technique and performance.

The second assessment will measure your ability to work in a civil & infrastructure collaborative BIM environment applying all the key principles of BIM practice and challenges. You will work in teams and use a real life civil & infrastructure project as a vehicle to explore the practical application of collaborative working in a BIM environment. You will be assessed on the submission of a Reflective Portfolio of evidence illustrating how you have engaged with the project from the required civil engineering perspective. MLO’s 1, 3,4, 5

You will receive written feedback on this work. Feedback on your portfolio be via oral feedback to seminar and workshop based activities and by electronic means through on-line self-assessment tasks. This will provide early feedback for you and enable staff to monitor progress and develop in class strategies to provide further support to you.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module is designed to allow you to develop collaborative working professional skills To make you a more employable professional. It will do this by assisting you to understand the civil engineer’s role in projects throughout their life cycles. It will do this in an up to date context where you will interact with current best practice, particularly in communication through modern electronic means using information modelling [BIM].
Assessment will be linked closely to how you learn and you will be reflecting on your learning together with colleagues and the tutors throughout the module. You will learn the way BIM works and also the place of BIM protocols in practice through seeing what is happening in current, up to date situations in the civil engineering and infrastructure industries. This will let you appreciate the challenges as well as the enterprising solutions being used.
Working with others in teams is an essential skills for the professional engineer and a vital part of what employers seek in their graduates and this module will give you the opportunity to practice this and to develop in this area to support your future employment. The technical content allows you to demonstrate your progress in analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of engineering job roles. You will be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and to communicate effectively to a multidisciplinary team.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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