CEM243-New Technology, Management and Change

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

Module Convenor: Prof Chris Harty

Email: c.f.harty@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
To gain an understanding of major theoretical approaches to socio-technical systems and to their use in understanding and implementing systems and change in the contexts of built environment and infrastructure teams, projects, firms and the construction sector.

To gain an understanding of major theoretical approaches to technology-related organisational change.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes: At the end of this module the student should have demonstrated ability in the following areas:
• Knowledge of the broad concept of socio-technical systems;
• Knowledge of distinct analytical and theoretical approaches to understanding socio-technical systems - their research base, points of difference and where they complement each other, their advantages and disadvantages;
• Application of theoretical approaches to realistic case studies in construction in oral presentation and written writing.

Additional outcomes:
• Application of theoretical approaches to realistic case studies in construction in class discussion including applying multiple perspectives to single cases;
• Competence in written and verbal communication through assignments, discussion and group work activities.

Outline content:
• Socio-technical research in new technology and information systems in architecture, engineering and construction;
• Introduction to alternative approaches to understanding socio-technical systems, such as; technological determinism, innovation studies, multi-level perspective, institution theory, social constructivism, actor-network theory, critical/political perspectives;
• Discussion of case studies of new technology and information systems in construction teams, projects, firms and/or sectors to illustrate and apply theoretical content.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Seminars 8
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Formative assessment will be through feedback on group discussion during the module teaching.

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:
Students 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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