Design Appreciation and Planning

Overview and aims

This module aims to develop your appreciation of how project design is developed and the roles of the contributors to design realisation. You will also develop an appreciation of the influences of regulation on design and an understanding of how project design can affect project value, project cost and time to completion.

You will also develop knowledge of sustainable design and modern methods of construction (MMC). This module will also introduce you to planning regulations and land acquisition.

Module content

  • The briefing process
  • Design development and realisation (through RIBA stages)
  • The influences of regulation on design
  • The influence of design on project value, project cost and time to completion
  • Sustainable design and green building materials
  • MMC and off-site design
  • Site orientation
  • Planning regulation and land acquisition

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

  • provide evaluated solutions to complex problems relating to the value maximisation of construction works demonstrating a critical understanding of the relative merits of various approaches
  • critically evaluate a broad range of factors impacting on the context within which design of the built environment is developed
  • explore and analyse opportunities for rationalising construction systems and production methods
  • evaluate and analyse current use and application of materials, technology and specialist construction techniques within national, European and international environments
  • critically discuss planning regulation system and its process
  • critically discuss key issues associated with land acquisition.

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 utilisation of information technologies and systems where appropriate
  • 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
  • identify conservation and refurbishment construction, redevelopment of industrial infrastructure, recycling of land, buildings and materials.

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