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Module Title
Design Management

Design, Process, Management, Information, Team Dynamics, Collaboration

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedJune 2012
Version No.1

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Precluded Modules


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.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Taught Mode (T) Full 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.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Coursework 1,2,3

Module assessment will be recorded in two components. Component 1 will be formative in nature to provide students with a programme of developmental activities 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.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.Lindsey, B., 2001, Digital Gehry, Birkhauser, Basel
8.Journal: Design Studies


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