Overview The construction industry is moving into a new era due to the availability of digital building information systems and the need for more efficient and effective working to meet the changing requirements of clients. In a rapidly changing and progressively harder industry there is an ever increasing need to work collaboratively and more efficiently by continually reviewing and improving processes.
This MSc Integrated Design and Construction Management seeks to support and also lead the construction industry through the implementation of Integrated Project Delivery, supported by the adoption of Building Information Modelling, to make the industry more effective in its delivery, more economically viable in its business and more sustainable in its practice.
The course plans to take students on a learning journey with a strong awareness of their own capabilities and styles so that they can develop the capacity and skills to lead change in their organisations and to transfer knowledge effectively. This programme will challenge the students to question their current thinking and the practices adopted in the face of a rapidly changing construction industry, and develop their abilities to be innovative and creative in solving unique problems.
From Sept 2014 this course will also be offered Full Time.
Key Facts This course have been designed to support and also lead the construction industry through the implementation of Integrated Project Delivery, alongside Building Information Modelling.
The MSc has been designed with industry. This will allow students to learn how to make the industry more effective in its delivery, more economically viable in its business and more sustainable in its practice.
The programme incorporates work based assignments to add value and uses experience of BIM projects Postgraduate courses allow students to learn with others from across the industry. This gives a unique learning experience, enhancing their understanding of projects from different points of view.
MSc Integrated Design and Construction Management allows students to explore via critical thinking not just presentation of ideas
Course Structure The course seeks to take students on a learning journey using innovative teaching and leading edge research in a stimulating interactive environment.
There are two key technical themes to the course structure:
Building Information Modelling and Management Construction as an Integrated Processes These themes are introduced in discrete modules but are integral to later modules and changed practice. Successful companies will work on these simultaneously and the methods of achieving this will form later modules. The certificate modules are completed by learning on the key role of people and organisations and a study of the legal framework of the industry and how this will need to develop to accommodate new practice.
The diploma modules seek to challenge students intellectually to prepare them for undertaking the Masters if they so wish and also to explore the greater opportunities that integration and BIM will offer and the consequences of this. Business Management and Decisions provides students with the theoretical tools to better understand the operation of the industry and how to make strategic decisions.
The Supply Chain Integration module explores how greater integration can be undertaken through working with the sub-contracting, materials supply and off site manufacturing supply chains. The Integrated Building Management and Performance module will consider the greater developments of BIM including: life cycle, sustainability, refurbishment, simulation and the provision of FM. The Project delivery module is a course integrative module and will again use examples from students’ companies to promote a changing practice.
The Masters component will have two options a traditional dissertation or an evaluative case study.
Study Commitment The course uses student interaction, action learning, practice projects and web supported delivery to make learning effective, efficient and challenging within busy work schedules. Students tailor all modules to the workplace and credit is given for work based learning. The course will work very closely with industry to provide examples for the students to work on. The first few intakes of students will be involved in the development of their companies and the course will use this as part of action learning sets and assessment that encourages students to use this work. Participants will enter into a learning contract to set their plan of work. They will be given guidance and support on putting together their plan.
The plan will relate to the candidate's workplace and available opportunities for study, and will comprise of:
Case studies involving critical analysis of projects to which the candidates have access Developmental plans for new theoretical projects using best practice Presentations, role play and other team exercises to investigation outcomes Peer group reviews and discussion of the material presented
At the outset of the course the students take part in the Bridging Course which is designed to identify personal learning aims and needs along with those of the workplace, resulting in a plan of work that identifies how these will be met during the course.
A construction/built environment based degree is a pre-requisite for this course. There is opportunity of special entry for experienced construction professionals without a degree but entry will involve assessment of prior work based learning and pre-course attendance.
Recipient: Birmingham City University
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