KA4030 - Digital Built Environment

What will I learn on this module?

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is taught through seminars and workshops which will be arranged in 3 blocks across the year. These sessions mainly will take place in IT Labs but time to time, you will be based at the Construction Labs and learning innovative digital tools such as 3D printing and 3D scanning.
Seminars will be used to introduce and discuss the theoretical issues based around digital technologies within built environment and whereas the workshops will provide opportunities to practice and asses the usability of these various digital tools within specific subject area. Learning packs will be provided for each of the diverse skill sets you will need to employ in this module. These packs will be in a variety of formats and may include tutorials, links to tutorials, directed tasks etc. You will experiment during these hand-on sessions in Northumbria’s IT labs, which are fully equipped with the latest industry standard software.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for digital built environment. However, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. If you are in employment it is recognised that there is the need for modes of blended learning delivery, experiential assessment, and opportunities to combine work and study through independent study, embedded learning opportunities, and relevant communications technologies. Lecture capture will be used to elaborate on the content contained in any teaching material along with audio recording and notes to support presentations on key topics.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

There will be three intensive blocks of study that and these take place within three separate weeks at the start, around the middle and at the end of the module. Students will receive prolonged access to staff during these periods and in-between which contact will be maintained using traditional means and e-learning platforms such as Blackboard and PebblePad, supported by distance learning materials. During workshops and the informal meetings held outside of the core teaching times you will receive formative feedback on your practical skills. The University’s e-Learning portal will also have the learning materials to support the both directed and independent learning.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, however, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors if appropriate.

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:
• MLO1: You will develop an understanding of architectural drawings and how to read and produce them.
• MLO2: You will gain awareness of digital technologies in within AEC industry.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO3: You will gain efficiencies in information management tools and techniques for the AEC industry.
• MLO4: You will be able to produce subject specific documentations (written or visual) to convey information.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: You will establish an understanding of digital communication ethics and practices.

How will I be assessed?

There will be both summative and formative assessment in this module and summative assessment has one component: individual digital portfolio.

Formative assessment will be through progress reviews where you will be expected to demonstrate your developing skills and knowledge related to the topics of study. During these reviews, you will receive verbal feedback for you to further develop your digital portfolio (MLO3 and MLO4).

Summative assessment will be via the submission of an individual Digital Portfolio encompassing your progress reviews and evidence of your skills and knowledge in relation to digital communication and technologies. The digital portfolio will be worth (100%) of the module mark and assess MLOs 1-5. Feedback will be offered in verbal and written form which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of work and performance.

Moderation will take place at the end of the module.





Module abstract

Utilising digital communication technologies within built environment sector is a fairly recent concept if we compare these to the established practices like drawing boards, blueprints etc. Acceptance and application of these tools within built environment sector has been slow but as the industry moves towards a more integrated process, the importance and advantages of correct, co-ordinated and managed information is being recognised. In this module, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of digital tools that can be utilized within built environment sector. This introduction will enable you to develop an understanding of the ways in which different modes of collecting and using digital data within subject specific areas and will help you to make appropriate strategic decisions about digital tools in different situations.

If you are in employment your workplace will act as a framework for digital built environment to develop your skills and knowledge.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 years part-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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