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AR50397: Communication and information management

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to:
* Review the construction process and the information needed to carry it out;
* Understand the role of communication in successful project delivery;
* Introduce the students to a range of information and communication technology [ICT] applications;
* Provide an opportunity to reflect and apply leading-edge ICT solutions to industry based problems.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit students should be able to:
* Appreciate the importance of information to the success of construction projects;
* Understand the nature of information flow during construction projects;
* Be aware of the existing common problems related to communication and information management in construction;
* Identify the specific relevance of these problems in their workplace;
* Have knowledge of potential benefits offered by various ICT based communication and information management applications;
* Propose an appropriate system that helps to overcome the existing communication and information management problems in their workplace.

Intellectual skills
* To problem solve through an evolving case study - taught and assessed
Professional/Practical skills
* To provide students with the ability to design their own communication and information management system - taught and assessed
Transferable/key skills
* To communicate ideas verbally and in writing - facilitated and assessed
* To synthesis and critically review taught materials - facilitated and assessed.

The unit is divided into the following sections:
Introduction - Characteristics of construction, importance of information, role of communication, existing CIM problems, drivers for improvement
Information production and communication - project information, information types, project communication, coordinated project information
Information Management systems - fundamentals, types of IMS, ICT developments
Collaboration and communication tools - collaboration technologies, development of collaboration tools, examples of collaboration tools
Integration and BIM - need for integration, integration strategies, BIM, examples of BIM.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50397 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.