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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr John Connaughton

Email: j.connaughton@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to develop an understanding of current and developing approaches to design management in construction. Participants will gain an appreciation of the management of design processes and the essential conflict between creative design and the need for management and 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 construction design processes

• To appreciate differences between the management of design and the management of construction

• To gain important insights 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 be able to:

• Make informed decisions concerning phased processes in project briefing and design

• Appreciate complexities in the design/business interface

• understand different modes of analysis for design processes and planning techniques

• Apply these concepts and practices to their own  work circumstances 

Additional outcomes:

On completion of this module participants will have gained theoretical and practical knowledge of:

• Assessing the needs and aspirations of different types of client

• The contribution of design management to project outcomes

• The UK legislative framework for design and on-site activities

• Modes of communication in construction design teams 

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 study. 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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The set exercise will be undertaken and assessed on a group basis using 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:

Case studies will be used to challenge and stretch students’ understanding. Group-based exercises will provide opportunities for regular review of, and feedback on, students’ development.

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

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 September 2018


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