Core Module Information
Module title: Design for Manufacturing (GA)

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08416
Module leader: Mina Jowkar
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

1. Definitions of offsite construction and general design for manufacture principles
2. Productivity, skills and lean – optimisation methods
3. Panelised systems: specification, advantages, disadvantages, application, design principles
4. Engineer timber products: specification, advantages, disadvantages, application, design principles
5. Volumetric construction: specification, advantages, disadvantages, application, design principles
6. Sub-assemblies and hybrid solutions
7. Building Information Management and design for manufacture (BIM for: time, cost, quality, health & safety, environment)
8. Economic, environmental and social research themes in offsite construction (research questions, methodology design, validation, reporting)

External visits
Technical visit 1: Factory (depends on availability) Examples include CCG and CS-IC
Technical visit 2: Site (depends on availability)

Learning Outcomes for module:

1: Synthesise available research and technical literature on offsite manufacturing and construction.
2: Analyse a case study and its offsite construction specification according to Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) principles.
3: Hypothesise applicability of an offsite timber system to mitigate the effect of an environmental, economic or social issue using research methods.
4: Draw conclusions regarding the applicability of offsite timber systems in a workplace scenario based on stakeholder priorities.
5: Critically reflect on own and peers’ work on offsite construction and design for manufacturing.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mina Jowkar
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Traditional teaching methods such as lectures will be supplemented with introduction of relevant cutting-edge international research in the field. The lectures on different offsite systems will include case studies of application in real projects. This knowledge will be solidified through external visits to an offsite manufacturing company and/or building site (depending on availability). This combination of theory and practice will build the knowledge base of the students (Learning Outcomes 1 and 2).

The second part of the module will cover the development of a research problem, method and small scale data analysis in relevance to a selected sustainability problem. This approach will stimulate creativity in the students and develop their research abilities in preparation for their dissertations (Learning Outcomes 3, 4 and 5).

Formative Assessment:
Case study - students will be asked to analyse a selected case study and its design for manufacturing principles. This will target Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.
Research question and methodology proposal - in preparation for the summative assessment students will outline their proposed approach and receive feedback to strengthen their final submission.

Summative Assessment:
Technical report - at the end of the module students will submit a report based upon a social, environmental or economic sustainability research question related to design for manufacturing. (LOs 1,2,3 and 4)
Case study (same as above, LOs 1 and 2)
Reflective log - LO 5

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Work based learning 100
Face To Face Lecture 28
Face To Face External visits 7
Independent Learning Guided independent study 65
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 70 1, 2, 3 and 4 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Report 20 1 and 2 4 , WORDS= 1500
Reflective Log 10 5 14/15 , WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

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