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Course content

IN BRIEF:

  • Gain knowledge of advanced BIM technologies and lean processes
  • Develop skills to deliver better value through integrated design and project delivery
  • Research-based teaching, including industrial guest lectures
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

The construction industry is facing unprecedented change that is being driven by digital transformation. This course focuses strategically on these changes, and is designed with the aim of educating and supporting professionals in responding to current and future challenges in client expectations and  wider  societal needs.

This programme aims to provide extensive knowledge in the fields of BIM, Lean, and integrated design and project delivery approaches to deliver better whole life value through digital built environments. It is intended primarily for practitioners and graduates in the fields of architecture, engineering  construction,  and built environment, who wish to specialise in this area of industry digital transformation.

This course provides the skills and competences that will enable you to support integrated design and delivery approaches as well as equipping you with the skills necessary to coordinate roles and responsibilities for the financial, environmental and social performance of built environment assets. Building  upon  leading edge research and practice, you will be able to up-skill and take a principle role in the digital transformation of practices in work settings, delivering better whole life value through integrated design and project delivery approaches.

The School of the Built Environment enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international built environment industry. This course meets the needs of the industry by providing formal postgraduate level education and technical knowledge in the highly advanced and emerging area of BIM and Digital  Built  Environments. Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to provide lectures throughout the duration of the course, enriching your learning experience. Field trips and site visits to innovative projects will allow the analysis and critical evaluation of cases in  which  high quality design and the adoption of technology has led to benefits for clients, users and/or communities.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course can be studied (a) full-time on campus, (b) part-time on campus or (c) part-time by online distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September.  

The Masters award consists of three core taught modules and one elective module, followed by a dissertation.  The PgDip requires the completion of three core taught modules and one elective taught module.  The PgCert requires the completion of two of the core taught modules.  All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed through coursework.  

For the full-time study option:

You will study two 30 credit modules in each of your first two semesters on campus; these are designed to give you the core knowledge and experience required.  In the final semester you will progress to the dissertation. 

For the part-time on campus study option:

Part-time students attend the university one day per week, usually on day release from employment in industry.  A 30 credit module is studied each semester.  Throughout the final two semesters you undertake the dissertation.

Distance learning study:

A 30 credit module is studied each semester.  Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.  Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions.  In the final two semesters you progress to the dissertation worth 60 credits, which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support. You have the option to attend the university for specific activities like field trips, Salford study days and summer schools, which enable face to face interaction and knowledge exchange.

TEACHING

On campus study is delivered by a variety of learning and teaching methods.  Lectures introduce new material and provide the core knowledge base for each module.  Tutorials offer the opportunity for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors.  Design project work is an important aspect of the course enabling you to initiate and control research and design techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.  

Distance Learning uses an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support.  Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction.  Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience.  Learning is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.  

Additional learning support will be provided through optional study days for both on-campus and distance learning students along with a summer school which will include seminars, group working, presentations and guest speakers from industry.

CONTACT HOURS

Full-time: Approximately two days per week

Part-time: Approximately one day per week

Distance Learning: Two to three hours online contact time with up to five hours personal study time per week

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through:

  • Coursework/design project work (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

CAREER PROSPECTS

The uptake of BIM is growing worldwide and therefore there is a clear need for professionals with appropriate process and technology skills. This course will enable architects, designers and design/project/construction/facility managers to specialise in the use of BIM and the implementation of integrated design and delivery.

You will develop managerial, technical and interpersonal skills to deliver better value through integrated design. You will be able to work collaboratively throughout design development. You will also be able to apply digital and media technologies to generate, represent and communicate innovative design solutions.

On completion of this course you will have developed skills and knowledge in a highly advanced specialism and the expertise gained is at the forefront of industry requirements. The technical and reflective skills you will develop are of immediate advantage to employers in construction, engineering and design roles across the built environment.


Visit the BIM and Integrated Design - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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