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Module Title
Building Information Modelling: Application

BIM, design, construction, life cycle

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedJanuary 2014
ApprovedJune 2014
Version No.1

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Aims of Module

To develop an understanding of Building Information Modelling (BIM), and its implications for the built environment across all phases of the life cycle, including design, construction and occupation.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the utilisation of BIM during the architectural (multi discipline) design phase, from concept to detail design, including smart data workflow.
2. Apply BIM as a vehicle to manage activity during the construction phase, including proactive response to technical and contractual issues.
3. Critically appraise the value of BIM throughout the occupied life cycle of a building.
4. Evaluate the challenges inherent in providing building information models in a form which is interoperable, across disciplines.

Indicative Module Content

BIM at the conceptual design stage; cross discipline design; shared BIM models; BIM during the construction stages; technical issues; virtual prototyping; BIM protocol; BIM during the life cycle, including as part of maintenance scheduling; interoperability; building data storage and accessibility; smart data workflow.

Indicative Student Workload

Directed Study

Distance Learning
Directed study

Private Study

Private study

Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered on a distance-learning mode via the Virtual Campus. The delivery is based upon self directed learning from web based materials. Access to online support will be available. The delivery of this module will be supported through online case studies, group activities and discussion forums.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Module assessment will be recorded in two components. Component 1 will be formative in nature to provide students with a programme of developmental activities (in accordance with the 5 SCQF Characteristics at Level 11 ) applied to module content as preparation for Component 2. This is weighted at 40% of the final grade.
Component 2 will be summative in nature; typically an individual piece of work. The component assesses all module learning outcomes and is weighted at 60% of the final grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.Journals, to include 'Design Studies', 'ITCon', Automation in Construction', professional journals, including those from the RICS, RIBA and CIAT.
2.HMG, 2015. Digital Built Britain, Level 3 BIM Strategic Plan [online]. HM Government. Available from:
3.EASTMAN, C.M., 2011. BIM handbook, Wiley (available online)
4.REDDY, K.P., 2012. BIM for building owners and developers, Wiley (available online)
5. (rich set of online resources).
6.NBS, 2018. The National BIM Report 2018 [online]. National Building Specification (NBS). Available from:

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