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Evaluate own skills and the skills of others through skills auditing and review.

Number and Title

22 Group Project

Academic Year

2020/21

Unit Tutor

 

Assignment Title

Group Project

Issue Date

13th May 2021

Formative Submission

16th July 2021

Final Group Project Submission

16th July 2021

IV Name & Date

 


The project may take the following forms but these are not exclusive:

Types

Examples

 

Research projects

Professional research report Investigation/fieldwork

Feasibility study

 

Construction Management Projects

Building Management Report

Project Management Plan Site Health & Safety Plan

 

Construction Practice Projects

Practice Financial Report

Company Formation Report Staff Development Plan

Surveying/Measurement Projects

Topographic Survey & Report

Building Setting-out & Report

Architectural Technology Projects

CAD Information Production

BIM Information Production

Civil Engineering Projects

Structural Design Proposal

Structural Analysis Report

 

Building/Quantity Surveying Projects

Tender Package Preparation Building Quantities Take-off

Building/Defects Survey

 

Building Services Engineering Projects

HVAC System Design Proposal Electrical System Design Proposal

Public Health Engineering Report

Guidance for Students

You should read this information before starting on your project. You should refer to these instructions as you complete work for this unit.

  • Consider the development of a methodical and valid research proposal as the foundation for the project.
  • Through discussion with your group, choose a topic of shared personal interest. The topic chosen should allow a sufficient and suitable degree of research and development; through the existence of adequate background materials and access to resources, site, personnel.
  • A good project title should meet the following criteria:
  • The proposal is one that provide sufficient scope to fully explore individual and group specialisms;
  • The proposal is based on a real-world problem, which can be examined in detail; through existing source material and/or physical research and analysis of a site/context;
  • The proposal extends a current line of learning that will lend itself to further rigorous exploration.
  • Once a proposal has been agreed, within your group, clearly identify individual roles and responsibilities related to the research and analysis required for the project.
  • Agree your project proposal with your tutor prior to beginning your research/investigation.
    • Ensure that any research undertaken is ethical, reliable and valid. An ethics form may be required prior to completion of the research. You should discuss this with your tutor.
    • Conduct your research/investigation as outlined in the proposal agreed with your tutor.
      • Where site work may be required, ensure that all health & safety considerations have been undertaken and appropriate approvals obtained.
  • Communicate your project outcomes in manner appropriate to your audience.
    • Ensure that you are recording individual and group activities; with particular regard to evidencing your individual contribution to the project.
    • On the following pages, there is an example of a project brief.
  • You must complete the Group Project in order to complete work for this unit

Choosing a research objective/question

The theme of the project is: The potential for Modern Methods of Construction to continue to transform the Industry.”

Students are to choose their own research topic for this unit. Strong projects are those with clear, well focused and defined objectives. A central skill in selecting a research objective is the ability to select a suitable and focused research objective. One of the best ways to do this is to put it in the form of a question. Students should be encouraged to discuss a variety of topics related to the theme and from here to generate ideas for a good research objective.

The range of topics could cover issues such as:

- How might the use of new materials and processes impact on sustainability?

- How do modern methods of construction (e.g. offsite construction, modular construction) address skills gaps in the sector?

- How does MMC, combined with BIM, create more efficient and reliable buildings or infrastructure?

Group projects could be within buildings (different types), highways, railways or tunnels or dams which students can choose in their groups where they can apply modern construction concentrating on either on Materials, Methods or BIM.

Group Project Brief

  1. Define your project type and scope. This may be stated as a research question, objectives or a hypothesis.
  2. Provide a Project Statement that includes:
  3. Clear description of the type of project and the scope of work
  4. Provide a review of literature and precedents (existing projects) to give background and context for your proposal. These should provide evidence of existing knowledge and benchmarks; against which your work may be evaluated.
  5. Within your collaborative team, define clear roles and responsibilities. These should support a project methodology; leading to clear bodies of work and information to be produced by each member of the team.
  6. By bringing together points 1-3 (above), prepare a Project Proposal to be reviewed, discussed and agreed with your tutor.
  7. Carry-out the research and work, as defined in your Project Proposal.
  8. Ensure that you are recording both individual and team activities. These should be clearly logged.
  9. Prepare all necessary documentation, information and presentation material necessary to communicate your project outcomes in a professional manner.
  10. Reflect on the success of your project, as a team, and your performance at the end of the project with the inclusion of a project evaluation and recommendations

The final submission for the development should address the following tasks.

Task 1

  • Evaluate own skills and the skills of others through skills auditing and review.
  • Develop role descriptions and responsibilities within a team.
  • Discuss the allocation of roles within a collaborative team to meet overall project needs.
  • Justify the allocation of roles and responsibilities within a team, recognising individual skills and ambitions vs project requirements.

Task 2

  • Develop a project plan to ensure successful achievement of completed project.
    • Illustrate resource planning (both physical and human) as well as time planning.
    • Interpret events and activities in a project plan in order to indicate milestones, and risks.
    • Critically evaluate the relationships between project planning and tender documentation, highlighting ways in which tender information responds to project planning.

Task 3

  • Develop construction drawings and specifications.
  • Prepare a cost plan.
    • Produce a pre-construction health & safety method statement.
    • Evaluate the ways in which Building Information Modelling can provide greater efficiency in collaborative preparation of tender documentation.

Task 4

  • Undertake a continual review of their own work, recording this throughout the project.
  • Evaluate their own working practices in relation to that of other members of the team, identifying areas of good practice.
  • Evaluate their own personality profile in relation to your working practices.
  • Critically evaluate the success of a project by considering individual and group working practices in relation to assigned roles and personality profiles.

Students will need to reflect on the success of their project and their own performance in a personal performance review at the end of the project. This is a written reflection of 500 words (students will not be penalised if they exceed this word limit).

Methodology

Students shall work in groups of two or more and produce a report containing the above tasks. The report shall be in the form of a word processed or PDF document comprising the main elements of an introduction, body, and summary. Students are encouraged to use illustrative materials in their submission. The team may use any referencing material and referencing will be according to the Harvard referencing system.

Assessment Criteria

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Pass

Merit

Distinction

LO1 Assess individual and group skills in order to allocate roles within a collaborative team

D1 Justify the allocation of roles and responsibilities within a team, recognising individual skills and ambitions vs project requirements.

P1 Evaluate own skills and the skills of others through skills auditing and review.

P2 Develop role descriptions and responsibilities within a team.

M1 Discuss the allocation of roles within a collaborative team to meet overall project needs.

LO2 Plan a construction project, based on the Pearson-set theme, in collaboration with others to ensure good practice in resource management, staffing and project scheduling

 

 

LO2 LO3

D2 Critically evaluate the relationships between project planning and tender documentation, highlighting ways in which tender information responds to project planning.

P3 Develop a project plan to ensure successful achievement of completed project.

P4 Illustrate resource planning (both physical and human) as well as time planning.

M2 Interpret events and activities in a project plan in order to indicate milestones, and risks.

LO3 Prepare tender documentation; undertaking work appropriate to a defined role within a team

P5 Develop construction drawings and specifications.

P6 Prepare a cost plan.

P7 Produce a pre-construction health & safety method statement.

M3 Evaluate the ways in which Building Information Modelling can provide greater efficiency in collaborative preparation of tender documentation.

LO4 Evaluate own work, and the work of others, in a collaborative team

 

D3 Critically evaluate the success of a project by considering individual and group working practices in relation to assigned roles and personality profiles.

P8 Undertake a continual review of their own work, recording this throughout the project.

P9 Evaluate their own working practices in relation to that of other members of the team, identifying areas of good practice.

M4 Evaluate their own personality profile in relation to your working practices.


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