KB6021 - Construction Project Management and Digital Engineering (BIM) 2

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about typical management practice and activity necessary during the delivery stages of construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the impact that effective project management can have during the actual construction of a project. Topics include:

• Existing, new and developing theory that can assist the construction engineering project manager during the project lifecycle.
• Management and control of construction engineering projects during the execution of the work.
• Advanced management of construction engineering project level organisations.
• Project control processes and methods that facilitate the management of project information, time, cost, quality, risk and safety.
• The impact of issues such as delays and disruption upon the management of construction projects and the use of project recovery strategies and their implications on the completion of a project.
• Process improvement strategies including the use of lean construction and Digital Engineering, popularly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM) within construction engineering project management process in order to increase value, reduce waste and improve the communication, planning and control of construction projects.
• The use of live or simulated construction engineering case studies, to disseminate lessons learned from industry and academia.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of engaging interactive methodologies including lectures*, engagement in technologically- enhanced learning (TEL) via computer lab workshops, and some small group seminars. 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, and in computer lab workshops. 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 and explain in detail, existing and new theories and processes involved across construction engineering industry, organisational and project based levels.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
You will develop key professional skills valued by employers by:
2. Demonstrating an ability to use digital engineering (BIM) as a process, which can improve the delivery of construction engineering projects.
3. Being able to communicate effectively to diverse audiences utilising a range of formats and media.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will be able to apply disciplinary knowledge to complex problems of practice and identify appropriate solutions.
5. You will be able to think independently, understand and justify your own opinions, recognise the need to challenge your own thinking and the thinking of others.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be of both an individual and group nature across 3 separate tasks.

Task 1 is a group debate that requires tutor-selected teams to construct and defend a research informed argument to an audience. This task is worth 20% of the module and addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Task 2 is a group debate that requires tutor-selected teams to construct and defend a separate research informed argument to an audience. This task is worth 20% of the module and addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Task 3 is the submission of an individually prepared BIM Portfolio. This task is worth 60% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and addresses Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module focuses upon the management and control of construction engineering projects during the execution of the works. Key content in ‘Construction Project Management and Digital Engineering (BIM) 2’ includes construction engineering project management theory, project control methods, appreciation of the impact that delays and disruption have upon project success and awareness of available project recovery strategies. The module also introduces process improvement strategies including lean construction and Digital Engineering, popularly known as Building Information Modelling (BIM), and identifies how these can increase value, reduce waste and improve the planning and control of construction engineering projects. Learning achieved will equip you with knowledge and skills 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, problem solving innovation and leadership.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 to 5 years part-time, depending on entry qualifications

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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