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]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Martin Green

Email: m.s.green@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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.

Aims:
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
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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

Assessment 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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6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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