CE1DPR-Design Project 1

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:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Zhiwen Luo

Email: z.luo@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn from problem-based teaching and learning approaches. Students will work in teams to address engineering problems. These problems will be structured in a way to give students an opportunity to better understand the theory of architecture, fundamentals of building services, materials and structural analysis and theory of heat transfer. In addition, students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their teamworking skills and learn from each other and develop their critical thinking as well as research skills.


This module aims to develop a range of key skills with a strong emphasis on independent learning and problem-solving. The module will provide students with the opportunity to begin to engage in the process of research and to develop their underpinning research skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Develop a project plan to address the requirement of the project and take ownership of the project,

  • Propose a methodology to achieve the objectives of the project,

  • Develop a team working strategy and recognise the process of teamworking by evaluating the qualities that any individual member can bring to the team,

  • Find appropriate sources of in formation and identify, select and assemble relevant information,

  • Critically analyse the collected data,

  • Critically evaluate the outcomes of data analysis,

  • Develop a clear conclusion and assess the extent to which the requirements of the project are achieved,

  • Communicate ideas, analyses and conclusions in a variety of forms and to a variety of audiences including experts and non-experts in the field.

Additional outcomes:

  • To provide an opportunity for students to develop their ability to work individually as well as part of a team,

  • To build personal self-confidence for students by applying the theory and concepts learnt in the taught modules,

  • To develop IT skills such as word processing, PowerPoint and the use of spreadsheets.

Outline content:

In this module, students will work in small groups to address one distinct project problem. Following the approach of problem-based teaching and learning, students will be provided with the opportunity to face a variety of challenges associated with a design project including, time and resource management, project design, data analysis and the way to address the objectives of the project. The problem-based learning practice will be guided through a number of tutorials that provide students wi th the opportunity to discuss challenges associated with the project and share their ideas and learn from each other.

Global context:

The skills and knowledge that students will acquire from this module have global applications.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching in this module will be by means of lectures, workshops and group discussions. These sessions will be complemented by project activities and guided independent study.

Independent study hours needed depend on the learning style of each individual. The following guide for independent study hours is just an example.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 16
    Wider reading (directed) 5
    Peer assisted learning 5
    Advance preparation for classes 8
    Preparation for presentations 4
    Preparation of practical report 45
    Reflection 2
Total hours by term 0 100 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two summative assessments are designed for this module. First is a 2500-3000 words project report that should be submitted online by the end of week 11 of the Spring term. The second summative assessment would be an oral presentation of the project outcomes that should be presented in week 10 of the spring term. This provides the opportunity for students to learn from the comments they receive on their project presentations to further enhance the quality of their project report.

Formative assessment methods:

This module includes formative assessments by both peers and lecturer(s) participating in a series of workshops/discussion groups.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 40%

Reassessment arrangements:

Students who have failed in their first attempt will be provided with a resit project brief and they should submit a 2500-3000 words project report online.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 29 May 2020


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