CE1CIC2-Information and Communication

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Dragana Nikolic

Email: d.nikolic@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is designed for the students to learn the importance of information representation, communication and digital technologies in the construction of building projects, providing practical skills to support the studies whilst at the University of Reading. The module focuses on the principles, tools and methods to graphically represent and visually communicate project-related information, which can be applied in related building technology modules and in a later practice.

Participants will develop and build professional skills and knowledge how to effectively communicate in a graphical, written, or a verbal form. Students will learn to source and evaluate relevant information; understand professional and ethical responsibility, and learn the approaches to a professional written/e-mail and visual communication. Students will also learn about technologies and current approaches to digital and building information modelling through hands-on work with the relevant software applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Overall competence to prepare a professional and correct set of technical documentation;
•Knowledge of standard graphical conventions in representing project information;
•Ability to represent a building or its components in two- and three dimensions using appropriate graphical techniques, scale, notation, dimensions;
•Apply knowledge in building systems to accurately represent technical information;
•Ability to organize the project information in a legible and professional manner;
•Ability to develop a simple building information model; and
•Ability to produce a distributable set of digitally coordinated project documentation.

Additional outcomes:
• Enhancement of collaborative, group-working skills
• Transferable skills in computing

Outline content:
•Introduction to professional roles, responsibilities and communication;
•Introduction to the elements of a technical drawing set: plans, sections, elevations, details, specification, axonometric and perspective views;
•Graphical conventions and presentation standards: lines, layout, dimensions, scale, annotation, labelling, symbols;
•Introduction to building information modelling (BIM) concepts and digital tools;
•Introduction to digital information modelling and design using a standard BIM application.

Global context:
The tutorials involve hands-on work with digital technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) as applied in construction practice, providing a context of current approaches and benefits.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A blended approach to teaching and learning includes the presentation of materials with in-class exercises and hands-on work to encourage active engagement in learning. The autumn term tutorials focus on building individual skills to develop a technical drawing set of a construction information; and competence to find, evaluate and present relevant information in a professional manner. The spring term lab sessions will require students to review instruction notes posted ahead of each session and be prepared to work with a common BIM software to develop a project information model. Feedback on skills development is individual and weekly, at the tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 70 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Summative assessment includes two projects (autumn and spring), each of which will be given formative feedback throughout the term. Four set exercises (two per term) will serve to reinforce the knowledge and principles covered in classes, related to the projects.

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback on the two projects will be provided on a weekly basis during tutorial sessions. These hands­ on exercises offer students immediate feedback, which is of particular importance for those not be familiar with technical drawing or BIM software packages.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    There are two projects , both project outputs require a mark of 40% to pass the module.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of two equivalent projects (hand-drawn and digital) to be set by the module convener

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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