20 credits at level HE6
This module integrates the skills and knowledge gained within degree programmes and is a vehicle for their further development. It is designed to place students in a simulated work situation and provide them with an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the other parties involved in the construction process. Student proposals will take cognisance of the strategic objectives and constraints of all stakeholders.
The interdisciplinary project will be essentially a student-centred activity. Advice and informal sessions with the module tutors and all tutors within the Built Environment will be an essential feature of the module.
Guest speakers from industry will provide a further enriching source of information.
A typical project will be structured around the following framework:
Establishment of a project team, ideally five to six members
Identification of specific problems or areas for investigation
Structured analysis of the problems
Further analysis of the problems, with tasks assigned to individual team members
Investigation of solutions
Co-ordination of solutions
Communication of ideas and outcomes
Environmental assessment and conceptual solution
The interdisciplinary project is essentially student-centred, with support from specific module tutors, but since it integrates the skills and knowledge developed across other modules, all staff from within the Built Environment are able to offer advice. Regular and frequent meetings are held between the teams, and meetings with role playing module tutors are also a feature of this module.
Assessment criteria reflect:
• the maturity and depth of investigation
• appropriate analysis
• appropriate assignment of tasks to team members
• effectiveness of team working
• appropriate recommendation of solutions
• structure and clarity of communication
The contribution of individuals to team effort is assessed by a mixture of peer and tutor appraisal.
• execution is assessed by module tutors and in part by an invited panel
• the submitted report is assessed by the appropriate module tutors considering the content of their own appropriate section of the report and how that sections fits into the complete report. The structure, coherence and presentation of the submitted document is also marked
• an associated presentation is assessed by an invited panel (chaired by the lead module tutor), which typically consists of other module tutors from the department, invited guests from industry and recent graduates from the department, along with the pathway leader[s]
* self/peer assessment is also used to assist the marking tutors to derive individual student marks fron the initial group mark.
Indicative Learning Hours:
Lectures: 6 hours
Tutorials: 8 hours
Presentations: 6 hours
Meetings: 14 hours
Design Meetings: 12 hours
Client Meetings: 2 hours
Total Class Contact: 48 hours
Group Work/Self Study: 122 hours
Coursework Preparation: 30 hours
Total: 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have an understanding of construction principles and have the ability to apply them to analyse key construction processes. Have understanding of contexts in which construction knowledge can be applied (eg operations and management, technology development, etc)||
Produce and present, collectively (and individually), a viable solution to the the brief.
|2.||Be able to analyse and resolve problems relating to a major construction project through its whole life-cycle by ensuring fitness for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maitenance and disposal||Undertake a complex case study given an open brief to show evidence of research and the collection of information relevant to the brief.|
|3.||Investigate and define a problem showing awareness of the framework of relevant legal requirements governing construction activities, including personnel, health, safety and risk (including environmental risk) issues||Assess the limitations of proposed solutions by being able to deal with limited and contradictory information|
|4.||Be able to analyse “real life” construction scenarios, understanding customer and user needs and the importance of considerations such as aesthetics. Manage the design process and evaluate outcomes in an economic, social and environmental context||Evaluate a range of options and show initiative in generating innovative solutions|
|5.||Apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other construction disciplines in support of studying your own construction discipline||
Appreciatie the working environment of other professional specialisms in construction through liaison with other team members
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A Portfolio of Work|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Academic journals and reports, applicable to the project
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