CE2DPR-Design Project 2

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: Prof Li Shao

Email: l.shao@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 apply their architectural design skills, Fluids Mechanics theory, fundamentals of building services and concepts of building pathology in a project. In addition, students will be provided with the opportunity to develop their teamworking skills and learn from each other and developed 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 enhance their time management, project management, teamworking and research skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Apply key management tools particularly related to projects e.g. time, cost and quality,

  • Apply architectural design concepts to integrate and satisfy the aesthetic aspects of a building with the technical requirements and the client’s needs,

  • Apply conservation of mass and energy to heating and hot water system of buildings,

  • Design daylig hting and artificial lighting systems,

  • Assess the sound insulation level in a building,

  • Estimate the heat loss in a building,

  • Appraise, main heating, cooling and ventilation systems that can be used for a building,

  • Identify and respond to the health and safety issues in the project design including relevant regulations and management systems,

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

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

  • To find appropriate sources of information and identify, select and assemble relevant information,

  • To critically evaluate the outcomes of data,

  • 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 complete a design project and solve its associated engineering problems. Following the approach of problem-based teaching and learning, students will be provided with the opportunity to face a variety of changes 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 tu torials that provide students with 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 and project workshops and group discussions. These sessions will be complemented by 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 project report (2500-3000 words) that should be submitted online by the end of week 11 of the autumn term. The second summative assessment is an oral presentation of the project outcomes that should be presented in week 10 of the autumn term. This provides the opportunity for students to learn from comments they receive on their project presentations to further enhance the quality of their project report.

Formative assessment methods:

This module includes formative assessments from 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 provided with a resit project brief and they should submit a project report (2500-3000 words) online.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 29 May 2020


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