Core Module Information
Module title: Building Modelling 1 (GA)

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV07406
Module leader: Suha Jaradat
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

This module introduces the basic principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as well as 2D AND 3D representation of objects and spaces at different scales using a range of tools.

The module employs a mix of published text and practical activities involving reading and reviewing the literature, free hand sketching, hand drafting as well as computer-based software to model, communicate and solve design problems in a variety of contexts including:
• Introducing the concept of Building Information Modelling (BIM);
• drawings 2D representations such as plans, site plans, sections and elevations of buildings;
• drawing and modelling 3D representations of objects and spaces;
• producing technical drawings of buildings;
• project presentation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: understand the basic elements of Building Information Modelling (BIM);
LO2: understand and produce various 2D drawings (e.g. plans, sections, elevations and construction details) at different scales;
LO3: understand and produce various 3D drawings (e.g. axonometric and perspective);
LO4: complete and present a residential project using an industry standard software application;
LO5: research relevant BIM literature and write a review of the findings.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Suha Jaradat
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This highly cognitive module is taught as a series of seminars and practical classes in the computer lab. This shall comprise a mixture of lecture/seminar of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial period and group-based learning, held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching and group-based learning delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by guided independent study when back in the office and completing the assessments set for the module.

The module employs a wide range of active learning techniques to discuss the basic principles of BIM as well as 2D and 3D representation. Guided independent learning and practice enhances learning. The module introduces the concept of scale as well as a number of iconic buildings and architectural drawings that communicate the design concepts and construction details.

Learning and teaching methods are designed to enable students to represent their design project as a complete set of annotated drawings. The module enables students to read, write, represent and edit 2D and 3D drawings. It prepares students to research, model and share digital data in 3D BIM environments.

The educational pedagogy is learning by doing. Throughout the practical sessions, new commands and techniques are demonstrated and the students are required to practice the routines under the supervision of the module leader. Students are required to practice the new commands between classes in order to build up their speed and competence.
There are several steps to developing the students research, reading, writing and CAD skills. The coursework is designed to reinforce the learning objectives and to allow the learning outcomes to be assessed.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback opportunities are built into each practical session, where students will be encouraged to solve their own design problems and get support when needed. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to give one to one ongoing feedback. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to students’ contributions and progress. There will also be opportunities in class to develop coursework which will be informally assessed and feedback is provided.

Summative Assessment:
There are two elements of assessment:

Coursework 1
This assessment is undertaken as an individual exercise.
The first coursework in this module is designed to test students’ skill to select a research topic that is relevant to the learning outcomes of this module. The selection of the topic can be facilitated by reviewing relevant literature and current issues in the industry. The students are required to conduct a literature review and write a professional report about the findings and conclusions.

This meets LO 1 and 5.

Coursework 2
This assessment is undertaken as an individual exercise.
The second coursework in this module is designed to test students’ skill to model and create a complete presentation of a residential building using an industry standard software application.

This meets LO 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,5 2 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Technical Drawing 50 1,2, 3 & 4 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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