University of Technology Sydney

16263 Design Team Management

6cp; 3hpw (weekly lectures/guest lectures plus embedded tutorials)
Requisite(s): (16912 Construction Project Management Principles OR 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90375 Core subjects BAArch)) OR ((48260 Engineering Project Management OR 41202 Professional Engineering Communication)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
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This subject is intended for senior students of construction-related disciplines (architecture, engineering or construction management), e.g. 3rd year construction project management students and above, 4th year civil engineering students, and Master of Architecture students.



This subject examines management of design teams within multidisciplinary, cross-functional construction projects. It discusses theoretical models of the design process and the practical aspects of design management, including brief formulation and management, design team structure, design approval processes, planning and coordination, communication between design professionals, contractual management, management information systems and knowledge management. The use of digital technologies to optimise design team collaboration and performance forms an integral thread through the subject. Core learning material is supplemented with case studies by specialist guest lecturers from various design disciplines.

Students learn about what the other AEC disciplines do, and gain insights into how to manage multidisciplinary design and construction teams under real-world settings. Students discuss the huge changes in how the construction industry works, that are being brought about by greater uptake of digital technologies and associated collaborative processes, and what this means for their future professional careers.

Students demonstrate their ability to analyse contemporary challenges of design and engineering management in real-world construction projects by undertaking individual and group works. This involves a significant lifelong learning/self-study component in order to assemble a practical resolution to such challenges. Therefore, students are required to research appropriate readings and do a field study of the construction industry in order to participate fully in group activities.

The topics explored in the subject are mostly cutting-edge industry issues and therefore subject to change.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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