CEM244-Analysing Construction Processes

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Davies

Email: richard.davies@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

To gain relevant knowledge and skills to analyse construction processes and structures and develop abstracted and systemic forms of representation and understanding.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this course you should be able:
• Map and define design, construction and operation processes and organisational systems, functions, roles and relationships at firm, project, group, individual, and task levels of analysis.
• Analyse and represent simple information flows and data structures relevant to projects and built environment/infrastructure assets (e.g. work breakdown structure, methods of measurement, budgets, co-ordinates, IFC, Uniclass, COBIE, BS1192).
• Use appropriate methods to explore complex and ill-defined problems.

Additional outcomes:
By the end of this course you should have improved you ability to use systemic forms of representation and demonstrate abstract understanding of technical and business problems..

Outline content:
• Methods of researching, analysing and formally representing processes and data in design construction and operations (e.g. entity-relationships, object models, use cases, data flow diagrams);
• Construction industry data codes and standards (e.g. WBS, NRM, IFC, Uniclass, COBIE, BS1192).
• Human-computer interaction in construction, hybrid practices, task analysis in computer-supported collaborative work;
• Systems approaches, diagramming, quality, improvement tools, soft systems methodology.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning is offered through case-supported lectures and tutorials, web-based material, guest speakers from national and international firms, a group project and presentation, and guided reading.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Tutorials 6
Demonstration 2
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

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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: 31 March 2017

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