Module Details

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Title BIM Theory, Practice and Tools
Code ARCH724
Coordinator Dr A Haidar
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 30


The module aims to familiarise students with the theories, technologies, methods, and processes underlying the development and implementation of building information modelling as a tool to enhance efficiency in project delivery throughout its life cycle.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Develop critical understanding of the opportunities and challenges of BIM for all stakeholders.

(LO2) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the use of existing BIM tools and methodology in the current industry and the underlying technical, social, managerial and organisational implications.

(LO3) Demonstrate an informed awareness of interoperability and data exchange standards.

(LO4) Establish the knowledge and required skills to critically appraise the implementation of BIM in different cultural contexts and at different scales.

(LO5) Develop ability to investigate the role of BIM in enhancing sustainability and energy efficiency in building design.

(LO6) Demonstrate an informed awareness of how various BIM tools can be used for design coordination within integrated project environment.

(LO7) Achieve competence in undertaking a case study research.

(S1) Research skills.

(S2) Critical thinking and analysis.

(S3) Independent learning skills.

(S4) Written communication skills.

(S5) Oral communication skills.

(S6) Graphical communication skills.

(S7) Team working skills.



Introduction to BIM (concepts, dimensions, maturity Levels, technologies, and parametric principles);
Limitations of traditional project delivery & evolution of BIM;
BIM as technology (Applications, nD modelling, interoperability, IFCs, data exchange, and clash detection)
BIM benefits and obstacles
BIM impact in Architecture, Construction and Facility Management
BIM as a project life-cycle managerial tool;
Standardisation, documentation and requirements of BIM Practice (UK & Worldwide)
BIM and Sustainability
Case studies of successful BIM practices
BIM Futures (digital design, and smart cities)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures and presentations will be delivered by academic staff and guest speakers from industry, which will be aligned to real world problems and experiences, from both national and international contexts.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar/ Webinar
Description: Seminars will encourage student engagement with the lecture topic and will provide an interactive medium for discussion and debate.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorial
Description: Tutorials will aim to provide formative feedback to the students on their essay and to guide their individual research.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 4 - Group Project
Description: Group work sessions will support to build team-working skills through collaborative exploration of various BIM tools.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 5 – Workshop
Description: The workshops will guide th e students to place their newly-gained research skills in a social and team-based work context through small exercise which will be linked to their final assignment.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

In case hybrid modes of teaching were considered, if the situation of social distancing continued to be in place as a consequence of Covid-19, the lectures will be delivered both asynchronously and synchronously, i.e. pre-recorded and made available on Canvas in advance of the Q&A sessions, and online live communication to ensure the students have an opportunity to interact with peers and teaching staff within a virtual class environment. The students will be reminded of previous sessions at the beginning, encouraged to participate and raise questions, as well as providing them with tasks for the next lecture/ session. Similarly, workshops will be held online, e.g. on MS Teams or Zoom, recorded and made available on Canvas for future reference.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 30




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 210


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 724.1 Group Presentation BIM Software Review There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for a late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  15 minute presentati    30       
Presentation. Presentation of case study research in order to evaluate student’s progress in ARCH724.0 assignment in the form of formative feedback.  10-minute case study         
Assessment 724.0 Case study essay on BIM implementation in real projects. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for a late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  3500 - 4000 words. A    70       

Recommended Texts

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