Professional Practice Project (PART B)

Order Details;

BE1291
Professional Practice Project
2014 – 2015
Module Guide
&
Assessment
1
Introduction :
Welcome back to Northumbria University. You are about to embark on the final year of your degree which will be challenging but we hope enjoyable and instructive.
As part of your final year, you will be studying this Professional Practice Project module. The aim of this module is to replicate the role of the construction project manager using a range of real construction situations applied to a simulated project. It places a single project at the centre of the CPM programme around which other level 6 modules can be assessed. In doing so, the module will improve the connectivity of level 6 modules, replicate how industry works and meet the requirements of the professional bodies. The module will be delivered using lectures, guest presentations from industry partners, group and individual tutorial sessions. Assessment will include group work and an individual portfolio of student work.
Learning Outcomes :
On completion of this module, you should be able to :
1) Demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a team environment.
2) Demonstrate an ability to integrate the learning from other level 6 modules.
3) Establish parameters for the effective delivery of a simulated project.
4) Reflect of learning from both group and individual experiences.
Learning and Teaching Strategy :
The learning and teaching strategy is based upon the need to set knowledge and skills development as applied to, and in the context of, professional practice. This module will integrate learning from other modules in final year and allow you to work and develop your learning and skills in a team environment. You will be introduced to the module and the project based assessment ethos in your first engagement with the module.
Semester 1 will contain a series of lectures to focus your attention on the tasks, to introduce the project parameters and to provide support. A key component of the early lectures will be to revisit the team working theories encountered in level 4 and 5 modules and begin considering those which will be encountered in level 6 modules.
In semester 1, you will work in small groups and will be allocated a project group tutor who will provide regular guidance throughout the module. Semester 2 will involve the provision of an individual portfolio of work.
2
Assessment :
There will be two assessments, one in each semester which will offer the opportunity for students to take advice from their project and Module tutors to feed forward into their subsequent learning and assessment for this and other modules.
Specific details of the assessment requirements are given later in this guide however, briefly the assessments will consist of :
• Semester 1 – The provision of a feasibility report detailing your proposed solution to a given client brief. Assessment will be by way of a group presentation.
• Semester 2 – Using the same project proposed in semester 1, the provision of a portfolio of work relating to a series of given construction project management related tasks.
Formative Assessment and Feedback :
Guidance and formative feedback plays an important part in this module. Continuous feedback will be available throughout this module via regular group meetings with your project group tutor in semester 1. When the assessment requirements move to individual work in semester 2, students will retain their group tutor who will again offer guidance and formative feedback on individual work.
Written feedback will be given to groups (semester 1) and individuals (semester 2) on return of their assignment work. Generic feedback, highlighting issues arising across the year, will be given to the whole cohort by the module tutor. Allocated tutors will also provide continuous feedback throughout the year.
If you have any queries or issues with this or any other module, please seek our help. Remember, we as your tutors, are here to offer support and guidance to help you succeed.
Finally, good luck with this and your other final year modules.
John
Module Tutor :
John Weirs
Wynn Jones Building – Room 303a
Tel : (0191) 2273534
e-mail : john.weirs@northumbria.ac.uk
3
Client Brief
Your group has been employed as a team of construction project management consultants by WBJ Training, a national training organisation.
WBJ Training currently has training centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh and, as part of their corporate growth strategy, wish to establish a Northern Regional centre. They have identified Newcastle city centre as their preferred location but will consider sites within a 6-8 mile radius subject to them being suitable for their requirements.
The services to be offered by WBJ Training :
• Short (1 to day) courses primarily based around IT training. The market for these courses normally consist of individuals referred by organisations such as the Job Centre. Small groups can also be accommodated. All come with on-site tutor support.
• Longer (1 week +) bespoke courses aimed at the corporate market including management training, specialist IT training and staff development programmes.
• WBJ will also offer training suites and conference facilities for the corporate market for commercial hire.
WBJ Training requires a building which enables then to provide their services to the diverse market place for which they are aiming. It is to have a 50 year lifespan, with a projected internal refurbishment programme approximately every 10 years. Full consideration is to be given to current and future sustainability and environmental issues. WBJ also require spacial flexibility with the ability to adapt internal areas to meet changing demands in the training market. As expected from a training centre, it will require the provision of state of the art IT facilities.
4
Schedule of Requirements :
Externally :
• Good access to/from public transport
• Secure premises
• 3 No. bus/coach bays
• 15 staff car parking bays
• 30 customer parking bays
Internally :
• 1 x reception area (including a small storage area)
• 1 x computer network / server room
• 2 x small meeting rooms (each seating 8 people)
• 4 training rooms
o Each seating 15 people
o Partitions to enable 2 of these rooms to be doubled in size if required.
• 6 x ‘Break-Out’ rooms (each seating 6 people)
• 8 x Computer training rooms (each seating up to 15 people & a teacher station)
• 2 x Conference rooms (each seating up 30 people & a teacher station)
• 3 x two person staff offices
• 7 x six person staff offices
• 1 x staff rest room with small kitchen area
• 1 x Café / restaurant (to seat 35 people per sitting)
• 1 x kitchen area to service café / restaurant
All works should comply with current regulations.
Proposed construction budget is £ 4.5 million (incl. VAT)
Proposed land purchase budget £1.0 million (incl. VAT
Target opening is June 2017
5
Faculty of Engineering and Environment
Coursework Specification
Module title:
Professional Practice Project
Module number
BE 1291
Academic year : 2014/15
Semester :
YL
Credit Points: 20
Programme(s):
FT Year 4 Construction Project Management
PT Year 5 Construction Project Management
Year: FT4/PT5
Level: 6
Is this an option module?
No
Coursework title: Final Year Professional Practice Project
Learning Outcomes measured in this assessment (from the Module Descriptor):
1) Demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a team environment.
2) Demonstrate an ability to integrate the learning from other level 6 modules.
3) Establish parameters for the effective delivery of a simulated project.
4) Reflect of learning from both group and individual experiences..
Background information / introduction (& how this assessment fits the overall strategy):
The aim of this module is to replicate the role of the construction project
manager using a range of real construction situations applied to a simulated
project. It places the project at the centre of the CPM programme around
which other level 6 modules can be assessed. In doing so, the module will
improve the connectivity of level 6 modules, replicate how industry works and
meet the requirements of the professional bodies. The module will be delivered
using lectures, guest presentations from industry partners, group and individual
tutorial sessions. Assessment will include group work and an individual
portfolio of student work.
Nature of the submission required:
Stage A (Semester 1) : Interdisciplinary group feasibility presentation (30%)
Stage B (Semester 2) : Individual portfolio of work (70%)
Details of the assessments for both semester 1 and 2 are included in this brief.
6
Stage A – Semester 1
Instructions to students and assessment criteria:
You are to form into groups of no more than 6 per group. Group names should be handed to the module tutor no later than 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd October 2014. NB. Those students who are not in groups by this date will be allocated a group by the module tutor. Based on the client brief, uploaded to the elp, and the marking criteria shown below, you are to carry out a feasibility study on your chosen site which details how your proposed development will meet the client brief.
Stage A
On Friday 9th January 2015 all teams will present their initial proposals for the project site, based upon the first semester of group work.
The presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration, followed by a 20 minutes Q&A session, where teams should expect questions from tutors and peers on how they have developed their ideas. The focus of the presentation will be to provide formative feedback, to help in the development of ideas for the next part of the project (Stage B individual submission). Presentations will be marked by tutors, and attended by other student project teams, allowing for tutor and peer feedback on proposals. All team members are expected to attend and to contribute to the presentation, however it is not necessary for all team members to speak during the presentation (although all team members should introduce themselves and contribute to the discussion after the presentation).
Practice Presentations (on a date to be agreed between teams and tutors)
Prior to the Stage A presentation, teams will have the opportunity to arrange a practice presentation with their tutors. The point of these will be to help teams review their plans for the site and to receive formative feedback on both the team process and product. It is likely that the proposals will change and develop in response to feedback from this presentation, and students will be expected to describe this development process in their Stage A final presentation.
Additional Assessment Information for Presentations:
a) The team will receive immediate verbal formative feedback during the 20 minutes discussion following their presentation. For the final presentation, teams will also receive a summative assessment mark and written feedback on their presentation no later than Friday 23rd January 2015. All members of the audience will be asked to critically appraise presentations and take part in the formative feedback discussion.
b) Teams are free to choose a suitable media with which to deliver their presentations. A hard copy and an electronic copy (CD/DVD) of presentation materials should be submitted to the tutor at the start of the presentation.
Stage A Assessment Criteria:
Stage A is assessed based on your understanding of your site in the wider context of the area’s regeneration plans, the logic and rationale applied to your final site and project development choice and consideration of one other possible and appropriate site, including reasons for its dismissal. The team’s Code of Conduct and project planning (as evidenced in schedules or programmes) for the team’s activities in semester one will also be assessed.
The marking criteria for Stage A is provided below:
7
Assessment Criteria for Stage A: Group Feasibility Presentation
Criteria
Possible mark
1
Presentation of the group Code of Conduct and report on teamwork development and progress, including the schedule or programme of work used by the team to manage their progress in semester one. The team should present an analysis of any changes made to the teamwork documents and insights into what was well managed and what they have learned from the teamwork experience which will help them in industry.
15
2
Critical analysis of any Local Authority documentation and brief for the site and general location, including a summary of how the team’s proposals will align or conflict with the LA’s documentation.
10
3
Analysis of the key opportunities and constraints of the project site, illustrated with the team’s own site visit photographs, notes and sketches. Analysis should be evidence based and refer to research collected by the team.
20
4
Initial project proposals, with an analysis from the team on the suitability of these. The proposals should be justified through the teams’ own research (as outlined above) based upon evidence such as precedents and case studies of similar developments. This should lead to your conclusions and justifications as to the most suitable form from those considered.
Project proposals should include:
• Justified proposal for the new use of the site
• Concept design for the new building(s) on the site
• Estimate cost of the project including findings from a development value appraisal
• An estimate of the timescales for the pre-construction, construction and commissioning stages of the project and an outline of the buildability strategy for the project
• A sustainability statement for the project.
• Evidence of how both the site information provided and your independent research has influenced your development proposals and how it connects back to your analysis
35
5
Presentation including:
• Quality of visual aids
• Quality of verbal presentation
• Professional approach of the team
20
Additional Comments :
Group mark % 8
Stage B: Individual Work (Semester 2)
Using the information developed in Semester 1 for your group’s Stage A presentation, the client brief and the marking criteria below, complete the following tasks :
1) Produce a series of neat, fully annotated hand drawn sketches to illustrate the building technology used, and the progression of each stage, in the substructure work. Your sketches should also indicate superstructure detail to approximately 0.600m above FFL. (If your scheme involves more than one building only chose one building for this task).
2) Recommend (with detailed justification) an appropriate Procurement Route, clearly identifying those aspects of client and project need, and any assumptions you have made for them. Explain how your choice of procurement route will encompass the project management process.
3) A programme of works, indicating realistic timescales for planning, design, construction and commissioning of the project. The programme should clearly illustrate any phasing. The programme should show main elements only.
4) Provide a Grand Summary Cost Plan for all buildings and all costs, including a set of detailed elemental cost plans and all site development and external works. These cost plans are to be presented as current costs as at your date of submission of Stage B, but contain bottom-line adjustments for forecasting to the expected tender dates (coordinated with your programme). Cost plans are to be based upon appropriate, suitably factored and referenced BCIS historical cost analyses.
5) Written recommendations for the management organisation of the project which should also be illustrated on an organisation chart and include the consultants, specialist designers and the design manager. The management proposals should be well justified and coherent with the procurement option chosen and the key issues of the project.
6) As part of your responsibilities for the management of project Health & Safety, produce a detailed Traffic Management plan (using sketches and drawings where appropriate) for the duration of the works. Detail the provision and management of any temporary works over the duration of the project. (This should apply to the whole development.)
7) Provide annotated drawing(s) (min size A3) which illustrate: Your general site layout, contractors site facilities required for the successful completion of the project and details of the maintenance of public rights of way and methods to be employed to ensure public safety. (Please note clarity is important so you may need to produce more than one drawing.) (This should apply to the whole development.)
9
BE1291 Professional Practice Project – Marking Criteria for Section B – Individual Portfolio
Student Number: ________________ Marker:______________________
Assessment Criteria
Comments
Possible Mark
Actual Mark
1
Produce a series of neat, fully annotated sketches to illustrate the building technology used, and the progression of each stage, in the substructure work. Your sketches should also indicate superstructure detail to approximately 0.600m above FFL.
10
2
Recommend (with detailed justification) an appropriate Procurement Route, clearly identifying those aspects of client and project need, and any assumptions you have made for them. Explain how your choice of procurement route will encompass the project management process.
15
3
A programme of works, indicating realistic timescales for planning, design, construction and commissioning of the project. The programme should clearly illustrate any phasing. The programme should show main elements only.
10
4
Provide a Grand Summary Cost Plan for all buildings and all costs, including a set of detailed elemental cost plans and all site development and external works. These cost plans are to be presented as current costs as at your date of submission of Stage B, but contain bottom-line adjustments for forecasting to the expected tender dates (coordinated with your programme). Cost plans are to be based upon appropriate, suitably factored and referenced BCIS historical cost analyses.
20
5
Written recommendations for the management organisation of the project which should also be illustrated on an organisation chart and include the consultants, specialist designers and the design manager. The management proposals should be well justified and coherent with the procurement option chosen and the key issues of the project.
15
6
As part of your responsibilities for the management of project Health & Safety, produce a detailed Traffic Management plan (using sketches and drawings where appropriate) for the duration of the works. Detail the provision and management of any temporary works over the duration of the project. (This should apply to the whole development.)
10
7
Provide annotated drawing(s) (min size A3) which illustrate: Your general site layout, contractors site facilities required for the successful completion of the project and details of the maintenance of public rights of way and methods to be employed to ensure public safety. (Please note clarity is important so you may need to produce more than one drawing.) (This should apply to the whole development.)
10
8
Presentation including:
• Quality of writing, including spelling, grammar and referencing. Professionalism of presentation including format, structure, use of images, diagrams and tables.
10
Further comments and total mark:
TOTAL MARK %
10
Maximum size of the submission (word length, number of pages, etc)
No maximum for Stage B. Your professional judgement should apply to presentation volume.
Additional Assessment Information :
a) Your Stage B portfolio will be assessed based on its structure, quality and detail of the information provided, the selection of appropriate construction project management solutions as well as the overall presentation and any conclusions at which you may arrive.
b) Your Individual Portfolio should be spiral bound and presented in A4 format. All pages should be securely fixed within and, in the case of drawings, should be folded in such a way so they are easily unfolded for marking without having to be removed from the binder. (DO NOT USE INDIVIDUAL PLASTIC WALLETS).
c) Portfolios are to be handed in using the school’s normal hand in procedure. Each portfolio should have, securely fixed to the front of it, the school’s assessment hand in sheet. This sheet should identify you by student number only (No Names).
Academic Integrity Statement:
You must adhere to the university regulations on academic conduct. Formal inquiry proceedings will be instigated if there is any suspicion of plagiarism or any other form of misconduct in your work. Refer to the University’s Assessment Regulations for Northumbria Awards if you are unclear as to the meaning of these terms. The latest copy is available on the University website.
Failure to submit:
Note that failure to submit work or submission of work after the required deadline without an authorised late approval will result in a record of incomplete (IC) for the assessment component. Referral in that component will then be required even when the module is passed overall.
% assessment weighting in the module:
Stage A: Interdisciplinary group feasibility presentation (30%)
Stage B: Individual portfolio (70%)
Date of hand out to students:
Friday 26th September 2014
Date and time of submission by students for Stage B:
Your portfolio of work for Stage B should be submitted to the faculty office no later than 4:00pm on FRIDAY 24th APRIL 2015
Date of return of Stage B marks to students:
Marks and feedback sheets will be uploaded to blackboard by Tuesday 26th May 2015
Will return be in class or through the administration section?
See above
11
Module Tutor:
John Weirs
Room WJ 303a
Tel : (0191) 2273534
e-mail : john.weirs@northumbria.ac.uk
12