Module title: Building Information Modelling

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11157
Module leader: Suha Jaradat
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

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

2019/0, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jawdat Tannous
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts behind Building Information Modelling technologies, processes and protocols. A key aspect of the course is to learn from BIM-enabled projects and obtain insights into how best to work with BIM and the methods adopted. The impact of BIM on the way construction industry ebraces this change will also be covered.
* Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Lectures provide the theory behind key factors that must be considered when working in BIM environments (LOs:1-4). Case studies will be used to illustrate these issues in real design situations (LOs:3-5).

* Research/teaching linkages:
A substantial amount of research material generated by the Scottish Energy Centre as well as the wider literature will be embedded in the teaching material of this module.
* Supporting equality and diversity
The nature of the delivery of various components of this module provides scope for engaging students in the module content in ways which can be modified to accommodate a wide range of needs. Particular attention will be given to students with specific l needs, on an individual basis, to ensure that they receive the support they need. Moodle is widely used to support students with their learning and provide wider access to teaching materials.
* Internationalisation
BIM is changing some of the the design, construction and management practices of the built environment across the globe. Skills in digital delivery have become increasingly in international markets.

Formative Assessment:
- Teaching sessions will include lectures as well as practical sessions with lots of opportunities to receive formative feedback to help strengthen the understanding of the content discussed. Formative assessment will include active learning techniques such asgroup activities and discussions in addition to one-to-one feedback on design projects.

Summative Assessment:
* Assessment:
The module is assessed by one written coursework and a project-based building design. Coursework 1 will involve the understanding of the concept and principles of a BIM-enabled projects. This will be a written piece of work covering LO’s 1-3. Coursework 2 focuses on implementing some software and other skills to complete a design project. This assessment is used to develop research and problem solving techniques with opportunities to receive formative feedback.
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills:
A key aspect of the module is to understand BIM in the context of UK Government's Strategy to implement BIM technologies and processes in all future building and infrastructure projects. The risks, challenges and benefits associated with adopting BIM on projects will be explored by engaging with recent research and practices in the industry. Construction professionals will be invited to deliver talks to the students and external site visists will also be organised.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 21
Face To Face Tutorial 15
Face To Face External visits 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 40 1 & 2 8 , WORDS= 2000
Placement (Practical) 60 1 to 5 14/15 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

BIM Introduction, standards and legislation
Lectures on this topic will address the concept and principles of BIM including the current legislation and standards.
Open sharable project based design and construction
Lectures will cover methodologies on how to create suitable, disciplined and collaborative ways for managing the production, distribution and quality of construction information and from CAD systems.
Software facilitating collaboration between project professionals
Lectures and practical sessions will analyse a set of BIM models using BIM software that represent different perspectives of a construction project.
Demonstrations of examples of hardware and techniques to strengthen the implenetation of BIM
Practical sessions and demostrations will show the student how BIM assisted hardware can facilitate BIM collaborations and open sharable information of buildings.
Design of a project implementing BIM practices
An opportunity to develop a small building project using BIM software which will improve project communication, facilitate changes and create synergy between design, construction, handover and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: understand the concept and principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) including
BIM standards, legislation and the rationale for their use at all phases in a project;
LO2: articulate a critical understanding of the challenges of using open shareable asset information;
LO3: demonstrate understanding of the advantages and appropriate use of different software packages in a collaborative BIM project;
LO4: understand the use of BIM across the lifecycle of projects
LO5: apply research and problem solving techniques to resolve design problems in BIM environments

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