M.Sc. Construction Informatics

Dublin Institute Of Technology

Application deadline: Friday, 30th August 2013
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This exciting new course has been designed to provide experienced professionals and graduate students in the Architect, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry an opportunity to become educated in the field of construction informatics. It has been developed in response to considerable demand for an additional qualification and specialisation in this discipline.

The primary emphasis of the programme is on learning how existing technologies can be more efficiently applied throughout the construction process for example inception of design to completion and management of completed facilities.

The programme is presented within the School of Real Estate and Construction Economics in the College of Engineering and the Built Environment in DIT. The total intake of students each year will be approx. 25-30 students. Because of the applied nature of the programme, it is expected that, initially at least, the students will come with an honours 2.2 undergraduate qualifications in a level 8 degree in civil, building or structural engineering, as well as architecture or practitioners/professionals who have a recognised degree in qualification and are currently working in the construction industry.

The content of the programme, delivered both on a full time and a part time basis includes modules pertinent to the practice of namely architects, engineers, construction managers, facility managers and quantity surveyors. The programmes focus is strongly oriented towards the development of the underlying knowledge and the skills involved in the application of ICT in the AEC industry.

Award
The Dublin Institute of Technologys MSc in Construction Informatics (IT) will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the formal assessments of the programme. Students will have the option to exit the programme with a Post Graduate Certificate (30 credits) or a Post Graduate Diploma (60 credits).

Career Opportunities
The programme aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skills in ICT in the AEC sector.

Contents

Introduction to Construction Informatics; CAD information Systems; CAD information Systems (Extended Project); eBusiness in Construction; eBusiness in Construction (Extended Project); Applied Knowledge Management; Applied Knowledge Management (Extended Project); Project Planning and Scheduling; Project Planning and Scheduling (Extended Project); Building Collaborative Technologies; Building Collaborative Technologies (Extended Project); Mobile Computing in Construction; Mobile Computing in Construction (Extended Project); Energy Integrated ICT Applications; Energy Integrated ICT Applications (Extended Project); Research Studies; Integrated Master Project; Dissertation.

Structure of Modules
All candidates will need to complete the following obligatory modules.

* Introduction to Construction Informatics (5 ECTS)_
* Research Studies (10 ECTS)
* Integrated Project (15 ECTS)
* Dissertation (30 ECTS).

The remaining 8 modules are elective comprising basic modules and extended project modules. Students have the choice to select 6 additional modules from the suite of modules on offer. Extended project modules can only be chosen after the relevant basic module has been completed. Students can gather 15 ECTS credits in semesters 1-4 and 30 ECTS credits in semester 5, which equates to a total of 90 credits in the 5 semesters of the part time programme and a total of 30 credits per semester, which equates to 90 credits in the 3 semesters of the full time programme.

Assessment
The programme is assessed 100% by project assessments only. The assessment methodology will be closely aligned to the learning outcomes of the modules.

Location
The programme is predominantly delivered online using readily available and robust online web conferencing technology. The students normally gather in DIT Bolton Street prior to the start of each module for typically a morning, where the module leaders will introduce the students to each module and provide them with the project brief and assessment. Thereafter, students can study from the comfort of their homes.

Timetable / Hours
A typical 5 credit module would equate to 120 hours of learning. Each 5 credit module is delivered over a 5 week block, with online lecturers and tutorials taking place on two evenings a week, typically between 19.30-21.30.

Requirements

The minimum entry level is an honours 2.2 undergraduate Level 8 degree along with relevant work experience in the construction sector. Selection will be made on a combination of interview, academic achievement and interest in and critical awareness of the particular application of ICT in the construction process.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

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