Digital Built Environment

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Digital Built Environment

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Construction Management, Design Management, Industrial Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject provides students with an introduction to the information technologies currently employed in the planning, design, construction and operations of the built environment. The subject focuses on how information technologies are applied in the construction industry, demonstrating the features, limitations, and benefits of existing and emerging tools. The subject provides an overview of new information technologies and project approaches, contrasting traditional ways of working with new digitally mediated practice. The following technologies are covered: GIS, internet, web portals and document management systems, building information modelling, data exchange standards, 4D construction simulation, 5D cost estimation, building management systems, commercial software, and hardware such as wireless systems, barcode readers, and handhelds. The subject includes industry studies of applications of IT in the construction industry from leading industry practitioners.
    Subject objectives
    On successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:
    1. knowledge of the main information technologies used on building projects and within architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) organisations
    2. understanding of web-based electronic document / project management systems and their application in building projects
    3. understanding of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and their application in property planning, land use and development processes
    4. understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and ability to prepare simple models using 3D CAD software
    5. understanding of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept, its technologies and processes, and its application throughout the building lifecycle
    6. appreciation of different AEC modelling and analysis software and how it is used to optimise building solutions relative to environmental and structural design objectives, construction planning and scheduling requirements, and cost estimation activities
    7. knowledge of interoperability and appreciation of common formats for data exchange
    8. appreciation of the types of computer hardware used on construction sites, such as wireless systems, mobile computing, barcode readers, and handhelds
    9. knowledge of IT adoption and implementation challenges facing industry and appreciation of measures that can facilitate wider implementation
    This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Ability to effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts (C.1)
    Ability to work effectively in project teams in professional contexts (C.2)
    Ability to provide and utilise innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems (I.2)
    Ability to be adaptable to changing processes, developments, methodologies and technologies in built environment contexts (I.3)
    Ability to understand and operate effectively within the social, legal and technical framework of the design and construction process (P.01)
    Ability to apply the body of knowledge underpinning construction project management practice (P.02)
    Ability to effectively manage the interface between design and construction processes for projects (P.03)
    Ability to work effectively within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments (P.04)
    Ability to demonstrate digital technology literacy and competency (P.05)
    Ability to appreciate changing methods of project procurement, advances in construction technology and new developments in digital technologies (P.07)
    The ability to demonstrate an understanding of construction technology and structural principles (P.12)
    Ability to engage in critical and reflective thinking in built environment contexts (R.1)
    Ability to apply research to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving processes (R.4)
    Ability to source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (R.5)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Weekly on campus: 1hr lecture and 2hr tutorial supplemented by online learning.
    The learning activities in this subject involve a variety of lectures, tutorials and online teaching strategies. Lectures involve face-to-face content delivery employing the use of media and electronic resources to enhance the theoretical delivery of the subject. Regular guest lectures from industry practitioners and case studies will be utilised to demonstrate digital technologies. Emphasis will be placed on independent student prereading of lecture material to facilitate greater understanding of each lecture topic area. The tutorial program utilises software applications, the UTS CAD Learning tool, and online quizzes to link theory and application. Students are further supported through the use of UTS Online offering subject material and information and moderation with the subject lecturer.
    Content
    Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    Internet, Web portals
    Document/Project Information Management Systems
    Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
    Spatial and land use analysis
    Building Information Modelling (BIM)
    Commercial modelling and analysis software
    Data exchange standards
    Building management systems
    Hardware such as wireless systems, barcode readers, and handhelds
    Virtual & Augmented Reality
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Group Case Study Project
    Intent:
    The case study project enables students to research in groups a recently completed building project so as to share, build and demonstrate their understanding of the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) during the design, construction and/or operational phases of the building lifecycle and how ICT was used to innovate and/or add value.
    Objective(s):
    This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 5 and 6
    This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):
    C.1, C.2, I.3, P.02, P.04, P.05 and P.07
    Type: Case study
    Groupwork: Group, group assessed
    Weight: 30%
    Criteria:
    Assessment criteria will be handed out with the assignment brief and discussed in class.
    Assessment task 2: Topic Quizzes
    Intent:
    The quizzes will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the Digital Built Environment.
    Objective(s):
    This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 4, 5, 6 and 7
    This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):
    I.2, P.01, P.03, P.05, P.12 and R.5
    Type: Quiz/test
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 25%
    Criteria:
    Assessment criteria will be discussed in class and outlined on UTS online prior to students taking the quizzes.
    Assessment task 3: Modelling Exercise
    Intent:
    Students will develop skills in simple 3D modelling and a working knowledge of information management throughout the design process.
    Objective(s):
    This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
    This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):
    I.2, P.01, P.02, P.05, P.07, R.1 and R.4
    Type: Laboratory/practical
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 45%
    Criteria:
    Assessment criteria will be handed out with the assignment brief and discussed in class.
    Minimum requirements
    Students must achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50% to pass this subject

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.