KB7034 - Building Information Modelling Management, Theory and Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the management, theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM), its scope and role within the Construction Industry and its application on construction engineering projects and their products. There is a strong emphasis on the development of BIM, the impediments of its application in practice, and the advantages to be gained from its use. Topics include:

• Context and challenges of information management within the Construction Industry business model.
• The origins of BIM in computer aided design.
• Significance of parametric modeling and interoperability.
• Barriers to and benefits of BIM adoption across the range of Construction Industry sectors and actors.
• Reflection upon lessons learned from industry case studies.

Where available on your programme, learning from this module can be reinforced through study of the related module KB7038 Integrated Building Information Modelling Project.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of engaging interactive methodologies including lectures*, small group seminars*, and engagement in technologically- enhanced learning (TEL) via your participation in virtual group tutorial sessions through the use of collaborative technologies** Your learning will also be facilitated through a combination of tutor guided independent learning activities (e.g. directed reading), and identifying your own independent learning activities. The use of real life case studies may also be used to enhance learning activities with materials being provided on the eLearning Portal (ELP).

*Lectures and seminars will be used to support effective transmission of information and will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face ‘live’ sessions lectures held in university classrooms, and the use of digitally pre-recorded sessions or live video webcasts. All ‘live’ lecture sessions will be captured using Northumbria University approved teaching platforms (currently the Panopto video platform: https://www.panopto.com/) and hosted on the eLearning Portal (ELP) with materials being made available after delivery on campus.
This content will remain available throughout the programme. **For distance learning students equivalent seminar materials will be provided to facilitate learning.

**Virtual tutorials will enable the cohort to engage in tutor-facilitated discussion of key/current literature relevant to the subject area. These sessions will be hosted using virtual collaborative technologies primarily Google Hangouts or other Northumbria University approved teaching platforms, and training on how to use these platforms will be provided.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through tutor feedback provided during the small-group seminars, and virtual tutorial sessions (which can particularly help support distance learning students). 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 based on your own research.

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. Deconstruct existing information management practices used by Construction Industry actors and communicate their impact upon the industry business model.
2. Critically appraise the scope and role of Building Information Modelling within the context of the Construction industry.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critique existing Construction Industry research efforts, and identify areas to improve aspects of project delivery through the application of the management, theory or practice of BIM.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Produce and present original work for academic review.
5. Critically reflect on work produced for academic review and respond to criticism and ideas generated from this process addressing identified problems and further developing your academic work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will consist of two related summatively assessed individual tasks.

Task 1 is the submission of a working paper, providing a literature review that concludes with a series of research questions which could be further developed in collaboration with peers or academic staff at the end of the module. This task is worth 40% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and addresses the following Module Learning Outcomes: KU1 & 2, IPSA3 and PVA4.

Task 2 is the submission of the final literature review paper containing revised and additional content (the additions/updates/amendments must be highlighted in a blue font colour). A second document that responds to the academic review process following the submission of Task 1 is also to be included (expected to be 1 page in length). This task is worth 60% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and primarily addresses Module Learning Outcome KU1 & 2, IPSA3 and PVA4.

Note the tutors will provide formative feedback for the development of the final literature review paper as part of the summative assessment of Task 1. Additional guidance will be provided in dedicated seminar and web hosted tutorial sessions. A formative peer review process will occur following the release of marks and feedback from Task 1 in order to further enhance learning through reflection.





Module abstract

This module focuses upon the management, theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Key content includes the scope and role of BIM within the Construction Industry and its application on construction engineering projects. There is a strong emphasis on the development of BIM, the impediments to its application in practice, the advantages to be gained from its use, and the dissemination of lessons learned from industry case studies. 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 learning, knowledge and practice.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years distance learning
3 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or January 2020

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