Assessment task details and instructions
Working individually, you are required to select and investigate a recent ‘iconic’ construction project completed in the last 10 years or currently progressing. The project can be located in any part of the world.
Considering your selected iconic project, you should write a 3000-word research oriented report covering the following two tasks:
TASKS 1. Introduce your selected project. The selected project should be named, and a brief background should be provided to introduce/describe the chosen project and to justify its iconic nature. Project key information and start and completion dates should be clearly specified by including relevant tables/figures.
2. Describe and map, by creating two IDEFO diagrams, the main processes in the pre-construction phase (i.e. all the key processes preceding the construction phase) of the selected project. The two IDEF0 diagrams should consist of a single Level 0 diagram (i.e., Context diagram) and a single Level 1 diagram. You should also select four processes, from your Level 1 IDEF0 diagram, and describe the flow of activities within these processes by using four UML Activity diagrams. The RIBA Plan of Work or CIOB Code of Practice for Project Management frameworks must be investigated and used to identify and map the main processes/activities and other relevant information to be included in your own diagrams. The selected framework should be clearly named in the report. Each diagram should be introduced and discussed in the report by clearly describing the processes/activities depicted in the diagram in the context of the selected project and of the selected project life cycle framework (i.e. RIBA Plan of Work or CIOB Code of Practice for Project Management). The description of the illustrated processes and activities is expected to be effectively supported by references to the selected project life cycle framework and relevant literature. You should also make appropriate assumptions as necessary and state them accordingly. The description of the four UML
Activity diagrams is expected to be more detailed than the description of the IDEF0 diagrams.
Note the following: (i) The report should focus on analysing theory and relevant publications. It should include a combination of synthesis of knowledge gained from relevant sources, your own diagrams and descriptions based on facts and theory.
(ii) Students are required to acknowledge all sources from which they obtain information, by including in-text citations and references in the APA 7th (Harvard) Style of referencing (see guidance on blackboard).
(iii) The main emphasis in referencing should be on good quality secondary sources such as official reports, journal/conference articles, books. Students can also cite relevant websites.
FORMAT Students should submit an individual 3000 word Microsoft Word report. All submissions should have a cover/title page and should be clearly structured by using relevant numbered chapters and sections. The cover/title page should include the following information: your programme (PMC/QS/ QSME), your study mode (FT/PT) the module name, the date, your roll number, and the total number of words included in the main body of the report (I.e., word count). A table of contents and a reference list should also be included in the report.
Report basic structure example: – Report cover/title page with all requested information – Table of contents – Chapter 1 Introduction – Chapter 2 Project Background: brief background to describe the chosen project and justification of its iconic nature. – Chapter 3 Process Analysis: description of the main processes in the pre-construction phase: including the requested two IDEF0 diagrams, four UML Activity diagrams, and relevant descriptions of the processes/activities included in the diagrams. – Chapter 4 Conclusion – Reference List (APA 7th Harvard Style)
Informative headings/subheadings should be used to clearly present your material
Checklist: The following checklist will help you to better organise your work. • Understand the assessment tasks and requirements – contact the tutor to clarify unclear aspects
• Review the relevant module material
• Research and review relevant literature to ensure you can proficiently analyse and discuss the requested topics in your report
• Investigate the RIBA Plan of Work and CIOB Code of practice and use one of these frameworks to guide the creation of your diagrams and to inform your discussion
• Ensure that the report is well presented and focused on the requested topics/tasks
• Ensure that the report includes all requested diagrams and that each diagram is readable/clearly presented and proficiently discussed to demonstrate your knowledge of relevant processes
• Check clarity of discussion and use of citations to appropriately reference your sources
• Use the APA 7th referencing style for in-text citations (in the main body of your report) and in the reference list at the end of the report
• Submit your report in the draft submission area of the Assessment Support module (in Blackboard), to produce the originality report and ensure that the report does not contain a large amount of text copied from other sources
• Adjust the length of the report to meet the word limit requirements (3000-3300 words) and include the word count in the cover page of the report
Note: The final version of the completed assignment must be submitted to the correct Assessment Submission folder in the Process Management in Construction Blackboard module space.
Knowledge and Understanding
Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills
Assessed intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of process thinking/ process modelling and analysis in the construction sector
2. Develop process maps to effectively analyse and describe construction projects.
3. Use alternative planning/modelling tools
4. Develop ability to critically analyse construction processes and process management techniques
1. Use alternative modelling/planning tools and techniques.
2. Analyse and model construction processes.
3. Ability to collect, analyse and present data.
4. Ability to critically reflect on current practices.
5. Develop critical awareness of planning/modelling approaches.
Module Aims The aims of the module are:
1. To develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of process thinking in the management of construction projects.
2. To develop knowledge and practical understanding of process modelling and analysis.
3. To develop knowledge and understanding of process improvement and innovation/redesign.
4. To introduce tools and techniques used in process and project management.
5. To develop practical knowledge of planning and modelling software.
Word count/ duration (if applicable)
You should submit a 3000 word Microsoft Word report. Cover page, table of contents, tables, reference list, bibliography (optional) and appendices (optional) are not considered in the word count.
Proportion of the word count that should be allocated to each task Task 1: minimum 500 maximum 800 words Task 2: minimum 2000 maximum 2300 words Conclusion: approximately 200 words
Note: Assessment length is set for guidance of effort and to control marking load. If you submit a report which exceeds the number of words stated above by more than 10% the exceeding words/content will not be considered for the purpose of grading and feedback.