Overview and aims
The module aims to develop your understanding and critical evaluation of the way parties to a project can work more effectively through collaboration, including the use of modern technology.
You will develop your understanding of how common goals can be achieved to create a single vision for a project team and its client in order to create effective and efficient working.
The module aims to improve your understanding of the advantages of using synchronous and asynchronous communication systems, particularly when there is virtual team-working in an international arena.
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GRAHAM DICKENS:In this module, we will be exploring some of the areas of working together to create more effective project teams. The perspective taken is that of a project manager, as an integral part of creating an atmosphere that encourages parties to a project to work together in a collaborative way.
The aim is not to be prescriptive, but to provide you with a good understanding of some of the key team members, and what motivates them into working effectively together.
The construction industry is renowned for not working effectively as a team, with adversarial attitudes and poor communication being prevalent in many projects, as identified in numerous reports produced. Therefore, we will commence with some background to working practices of the construction industry.
It may come as no surprise that many projects are completed over budget and over program. This is not necessarily because those in the team want the project to fail, it is usually because information is not shared, and the client's goals are not clearly identified at the beginning of the project.
Some of the major concerns about projects are that they are genuinely complex, and information sharing is difficult to achieve, especially as the industry is fragmented.
With the development of technology, the way we work and the way we communicate is changing. The increased use of BIM technology and the reduction of face-to-face meetings, are reducing the need to be in the same physical space. We will, therefore, consider how working practices may change.
- Change though project aims
- Team building
- Role and goal appreciation of the parties to the project
- Traditional and virtual team working
- Modes of communication
After studying this module you should be able to:
- discuss and demonstrate how the project goals are determined
- critically evaluate a broad range of team building theories and identify how they can be applied in practice
- critically review and analyse the implications of the application of BIM as a collaborative methodology within construction
- critically analyse opportunities for using electronic methods of communication
- review the possible ways of working in global projects
- discuss and evaluate key issues associated with working collaboratively
This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:
- collect and integrate information and data from various sources
- analyse, evaluate and interpret complex factual information and relevant issues in a systematic, critical and creative manner, and evaluate alternative processes and/or measure against relative criteria; making logical recommendations based on analysis, information and circumstances
- identify, define, critically evaluate and propose solutions to complex problems, including generation of new ideas, innovations and concepts where appropriate
- effectively communicate information, ideas and concepts in a clear and articulate style, including the use of information technologies and systems where appropriate
- develop and use personal skills and competencies to enable effective individual and team working, applying ethical and professional values to the work environment
- apply study and research skills and act autonomously in planning, organising and executing your personal academic and professional development
- use a range of contemporary electronic methods in a critical, creative and innovative way, and use complex subject specific specialist software to communicate nationally and internationally
- deliver contemporary applications of electronic systems, and the influences on global projects.