Departmentof Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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Coursework Specification

1 Module Information

1.1 Module Title

Building Information Modelling Management, Theory and Practice.

1.2 Module Code Number


1.3 Module Level and Credit Points

Level 7 at 20 Credit Points.

1.4 Module Leader

Ray Elysee.

1.5 Assessment Component Number (on Module Specification)

Component 1.

1.6 Assessment Weighting (on Module Specification)


1.7 Coursework Title

BIM-enabled project case study report.

1.8 Coursework Specification Author

Ray Elysee.

1.9 Academic Year and Semester(s)

2021/22 Semester 1.

2 Coursework Submission and Feedback

2.1 Release Date of Coursework Specification to Students

27th September 2021.

2.2 Mechanism Used to Disseminate Coursework Specification to Students

Instructions and guidance issued via eLP Module Site (Assessment Area).

2.3 Date and Time of Submission of Coursework by Students

6th January 2022 by 23.59, UK Time.

2.4 The mechanism for Submission of Coursework by Students

Via Turnitin submission upload link for Task 1 Submission, which will be provided on the Assessment
page of the KB7034 eLP Blackboard module site.

The front cover of the submission is to only contain, and clearly identify (in this order, on separate lines):
the module code and name; the student number; A title for the work that accurately reflects its focus; the
word count; the total number of all figures and tables used.

2.5 Return Date of Unconfirmed Internally Moderated Mark(s) and Feedback to Students

No later than 20 working days after the submission date. These marks are likely to be issued by the 3rd
February 2022.

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2.6 The mechanism for Return of Unconfirmed Internally Moderated Mark(s) and Feedback to Students

Via Turnitin.

3 Assessment Details

3.1 Module Learning Outcomes (MLOs).

1. Deconstruct existing information management practices used by Construction Industry actors and
communicate their impact upon the industry business model.

2. Critically appraise the scope and role of Building Information Modelling within the context of the
Construction industry.

3. Critique existing Construction Industry research efforts, and approaches to problem-solving on real
life BIM-enabled projects, to identify, and learn from areas to improve aspects of project delivery
through the application of the management, theory or practice of BIM.

4. Produce and present original work for academic review.

3.2 Coursework Overview

Context Statement: The inter-related Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management
(AEC-FM) industries face many challenges around construction project delivery (e.g. poor information
management practices; low levels of collaboration, productivity, predictability and profitability; lack of trust;
poor payment practices, etc.). The application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) concepts, tools and
workflows could potentially address many of these.

Throughout the Module there are discussions on aspects of contemporary practice around Building
Information Modelling (BIM). In order to further equip you with topic specific knowledge and
understanding, around this, and construction project management practice itself, and to help you develop
your intellectual skills and abilities in the subject, the following coursework task is set.

It requires the submission of an individual, written case study report whereby you are to self-select a BIM-
enabled Project Case Study, for the purposes of analysis and reflection around the management, theory
and practice of BIM. The ‘unit of analysis’ in this case study report ultimately, remains construction project
delivery, and how it could be improved through the use of BIM.

Analysis: This written submission should fully introduce the ‘case’, provide a project description and
position it within an Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) context. It should also identify key
project challenges, evaluate any BIM-enabled solutions, and articulate any BIM-related ‘lessons learned’
that can inform and be generalized to future practice.

Reflection: Through theoretical, and evidence-based perspectives, reflect also upon the key elements of
BIM-enabled project delivery practice that you perceive have been applied on the selected project case.
Discuss this by making using of current and salient academic (and relevant professional) literature from
the subjects knowledge-base.

Therefore, the project case study acts a ‘contextual vehicle’ you then use to evidence your independent
research and learning around Building Information Modelling Management, Theory and Practice.

Component 1 is worth 100% of the module. It will be submitted and assessed electronically, and it
addresses all Module Learning Outcomes.

3.3 Coursework Tasks to be Completed by Students

Select a suitable BIM-enabled case study project that is ripe for analysis. This could be a prominent,
widely available BIM-enabled case, where useful materials are readily and publicly available, or one that
the student is currently, or has previously worked on. Such a project should only be one that you have
normal access to information. If such a project is a ‘building’ or ‘live site’, then this should only be one that
you have the ‘normal’, and ‘necessary’ permissions to access externally and/or internally (i.e. you are not
to engage in any trespass of any building/site that you do not have normal permission to enter). Also note
that you should not ‘cold-contact’ professionals to attempt to arrange access to any project that you do
not have normal access to.

If you need a discussion to advise if the proposed BIM-enabled project is suitable for the purposes of
case study analysis, then arrange to have this discussion with one of the module tutors by teaching week

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In addition to the case study analysis, you should throughout the module, be equipping yourself on other
related aspects of contemporary Construction Project Management practice. To do this and develop your
topic specific knowledge and understanding, and help you develop your intellectual skills and abilities in
this subject, you are to engage with the academic and professional literature around the art, science, and
discipline of Construction Project Management.

Therefore, in addition to describing the BIM-enabled case study project itself, your coursework
submission is expected primarily draw upon, and refer to, the body of academic work in this area.
You should evidence this engagement via appropriate and quality in-text referencing, that is cited
correctly throughout. It is also reasonable to expect that some elements in your review will also be
informed by discussions held in the module or from any credible BIM-related websites (for example,,, as these are useful in
highlighting current issues and offering additional supporting information.

Again, the work is to be properly structured and supported through ‘academic’ research using appropriate
and quality references which are cited correctly throughout. A separate, properly formatted references list
must also be provided in the submission at the end of the document.

3.4 Expected Size of Submission

 This written work should be formatted using ‘Arial’ font, of font size ‘11’, with 1.5 line spacing.
 The upper maximum limit for this work is 4,000 words. This word count includes:

 Any abstract (if provided).
 The main body of text.
 In text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)].
 Direct quotations from primary or secondary source material.
 Title & Contents page.
 Words within tables, figures, and illustrations.
 Reference list.
 Bibliography (if also provided).
 Appendices.
 Glossary.
 Footnotes.

 Figures (diagrams, illustrations, photographs etc.) and tables are welcome to support the text, but
must be fully incorporated into the submission, integrated and following the text that fully explains
why they are exhibited. 200 words will be counted for each separate figure/table used.

 The work must form a structured and coherent whole. No contents page or superfluous front
matter is required. Only a basic front sheet for the submission is to be provided, that identifies the
student number (not name), the total number of words used (excluding references section), and
the number of figures/tables used.

 ‘Footnotes’/’Endnotes’ will be permitted, as they can offer sufficient value, providing, their use is
minimal, sufficiently concise, and appropriate – they offer only ‘clarifying’ information, or add
‘adjacent’ value to the sentences already written. In other words, they are not to be used to ‘hide’
words that would otherwise normally be expected to be contained within the main body of the
text, and their use will be considered in accordance with the University policy regarding word

The full word limit policy is accessible here:

3.5 Referencing Style

 For this task, full academic referencing from any sources used is to be provided in the separate
references section submitted using the Harvard referencing style, where correct and working
hyperlinks to the original source should also be created to allow the tutor to check these sources.

 Any ‘in-text’ referencing should also be undertaken using the Harvard referencing style.
 To help with this, you are to write your coursework using the Cite Them Right version of the

Harvard referencing system. An online guide to Cite Them Right is freely available to
Northumbria University students at: This resource will
provide consistent help and information about correct referencing technique and standards.

 Remember everything cited should be traceable to the sources used.
 Further assistance with academic reading, writing and referencing is available via Northumbria

Universities Skills Plus web page:

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3.6 Assessment Criteria

 Introduction – How well the work establishes and describes the BIM-enabled case study project,
and positions it within a wider AEC context: 10%

 Problems – How well the work provides analysis of the ‘key issue’ problems within the BIM-
enabled project case study. This criterion balances ‘range’, against ‘appropriateness’ in the
identification of these key issues: 10%

 Solutions – How well the work evaluates the specific BIM-enabled solutions/tactics that were
used to address these key issue problems, and discusses these in terms of Construction Project
Management practice: 10%

 Lessons – How well the work articulates a critical appraisal of the ‘lessons learned’ from this
project case study, then considers if and how these can be deployed more generally in future
aiding construction project delivery through the use of BIM: 10%

 Relationship with existing literature – Here, the work should demonstrate adequate
understanding of the relevant literature in the field, cite an appropriate range of literature sources
and not ignore any significant work: 20%

 Quality of Conclusion – How well the conclusion of the work sufficiently relates to the preceding
content, and provides an effectively summary for the reader: 10%

 Quality of Communication – Here, the overall narrative should be coherent, and remain
relevant to the practice of BIM-enabled Construction Project Management. The work should
clearly express its case. Attention should have been paid to the clarity of expression and
readability, such as sentence structure, jargon use, acronyms, etc: 20%

 General structure and formatting of the work, and the References section (see below notes)
in particular: 10%

Total: 100%

4 Referral

The Referral Attempt opportunity will generally take place after the end-of-level Progression and Awards
Board (PAB). If you become eligible to complete a Referral Attempt but are subsequently unable to
undertake the opportunity when required, you will be permitted to re-sit the module at the next scheduled
sitting of the module assessment. This will typically entail the suspension of your progression on your
programme of study until such time that you have completed the level and become eligible to proceed.

5 Guidance for Students on Policies for Assessment

The University has several policies for assessment. The following information, which is available to you
from the link below, provides guidance on these policies, including relevant procedures and forms.

(1) Assessment Regulations and Policies
(a) Assessment Regulations for Taught Awards
(b) Group Work Assessments Policy
(c) Moderation Policy
(d) Retention of Assessed Work Policy
(e) Word Limits Policy

(2) Assessment Feedback
(a) Anonymous Marking Policy

(3) Late Submission of Work and Extension Requests
(4) Personal Extenuating Circumstances
(5) Technical Extenuating Circumstances
(6) Student Complaints and Appeals
(7) Academic Misconduct
(8) Student Disability and Unforeseen Medical Circumstances


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