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Module Title
Design Management
Reference SUM201 Version 2
Created February 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved June 2012 SCQF Points 15
Amended November 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To develop a broad professional working understanding of management issues relating to the design process relating to the built environment.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Explain the determinants, generators and constraints impinging on the design process, of information systems applicable to the effective provision of the design process, planning and management issues relating to these, and of human resources, interaction and organisation issues central to the effective delivery of design.
2 Apply this knowledge and understanding to specific aspects of the management process relevant to the built environment.
3 To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the processes thus implemented.

Indicative Module Content
The current theories of design process relating to the built environment. Contemporary applications and the stimulus for change. Relationships with procurement systems. Information and planning systems for the structuring and management of the design process in a range of situations including single discipline practice, multi-disciplinary consultancy and production organisations. Team dynamics and group working, the importance of communication in the design process; including dealing with customer and production interfaces, decision-making methods relating to groups. The management of resources in the design process.

Module Delivery
Taught Mode (T) Full Time and Part Time. The module is delivered in taught mode by lectures, interactive workshops, case study tutorials and directed self-study. Online Distance Learning mode (ODL). The delivery is based upon self-directed learning from web-based materials and backed by online workshops, moderated online chat sessions and case studies. Access to online support will be available.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 70
Non-Contact Hours 114 80
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: Normally a longitudinal assessment involving topic discussion forums for distance learning students or group work for full time students (20%) and a group presentation (20%).
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3
Description: An individual written piece of work.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students must achieve 40% or greater in each component.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or better
B 60% or better
C 50% or better
D 40% or better
E 35% or better
F Less than 35%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 Allison K, Getting there by Design (1997)
2 Cornick T, Quality Management for Building Design (1991, Butterworths Heinemann Ltd.
3 Lawson B, How Designers Think (1995)
4 Roy R & Wield D, Product Design and Technological Innovation (1995)
5 Jerrard, R. and Hands D. 2008, Design Management, Routledge, Abingdon
6 Gray, C., Hughes, W., Bennett, J., 1994, the Successful Management of Design, University of Reading, Reading
7 Eynon, John, 2013. The Design Manager's Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell.
8 Journal: Design Studies

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