CEM230-Design Management

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Davies

Email: richard.davies@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is designed to develop an understanding of current and developing approaches to design management. Participants will gain an appreciation of the management of design processes and the essential conflict between creative design and the need for control. The module will introduce a range of practical measures for effective design management.

The aims of this module are:
• To develop robust understanding of the organisation of design processes
• To appreciate differences between the management of design and the management of construction
• To gain important insight into the complex nature of project briefing
• To benefit from practical insights into briefing and design management processes, as applied on projects

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module the participants will:
• Make informed decisions concerning phased processes in design and project briefing
• Appreciate complexities in the design/business interface
• Develop sound knowledge of modes of analysis for design processes and planning techniques
• Apply these concepts and practices to their own work situation and experience

Additional outcomes:
On completion of this module participants will have gained theoretical and practical knowledge:
• Assess the needs and aspirations of different types of client
• Understand design management’s contribution to successful projects
• Appreciate the legislative framework for design and on-site activities
• Communication in design teams and modes of communication

Outline content:
Themes the module addresses include:

• Design activities and processes
• The design/business interface
• Clients and users as project stakeholders
• Project briefing processes
• Design team formation
• Design planning: data flows; mapping design processes; systems and communication in design
• Engineering design
• Quality management for design
• Building information modelling and its management

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Methods of delivery will be a balance between lectures, tutorials, case studies, individual and teamwork assignments and private studies. To emphasise the current and practical relevance of this subject contributors will include academics and practitioners who specialise in briefing and design management in the construction sector.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Tutorials 6
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:
The set exercise will be assessed on a group basis based on a classroom exercise during timetabled module sessions. The written assignment is an individual assignment completed during independent study after the timetabled sessions.

Formative assessment methods:
In class there will be discussion of the course content as this delivered, with feedback on in class group exercises, which are relevant to the assessed assignments.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
To be reassessed by re-submission of coursework/assignment only. You are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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