Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CE1CCT Construction Technology
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CE2CBT1 Building Technology CE2BES1 Building Environment Systems CE2CCE Construction Economics
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Tabarak Ballal

Email: t.ballal@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The ethos of this module is to skill students with the ability to respond to Clients’ briefs through professional role-play. Students will be required to work in teams to deliver a specific work package within a prescribed time. Each student will be required to take the role of a construction professional and will be required to carefully manage that role as part of a project team.


This module aims to stimulate students’ intellectual capacities and develop their critical thinking through identifying, evaluating, synthesising and analysing clients’ briefs and propose technical and design solutions as well as financial schemes  most suitable for legal, environmental and client requirements.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • The ability to identify and evaluate data used in the process of building design.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the sources of design information currently available.

  • The ability to propose clear robust design proposals based on interpretation of a design brief.

  • The ability to present design proposals in a variety of ways to a variety of recipients.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of design professionals in the construction industry.

  • Set the design process within the context of constraints imposed by legal, financial and client requirements.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the design process in the particular with respect to drawing, computing and calculation.

  • The ability to respond to challenges arising from teamwork and group dynamics.

Additional outcomes:

  • Transferable skills including oral presentations, report submission, problem solving, team working and project administration.
  • An underlying theme for each of the above projects is the understanding of the dynamics of teamwork and differences between teams and group interactions.

Outline content:

  • Design and functional considerations of building envelopes
  • Design and functional considerations of building structures
  • Design and functional considerations of building services
  • Design of building redevelopment for inclusivity and sustainability

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered through lectures, workshops and seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Practicals classes and workshops 20 20
Guided independent study: 73 67
Total hours by term 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There are no examinations in this module

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Four equally weighted group assignments. In additional in-class group presentations. 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
To pass students must attain an average mark of 40%

Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of alternative assignment(s) based on the originally failed project(s). The alternative assignment should be in the form of 3000 words each. 

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

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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