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CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND BUILDING INFORMATICS, MASTER

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In the first, second and third semesters, you use half of your study time on courses and the other half on project work in self-selected groups. You then conclude your Master's programme with your Master’s thesis in the fourth semester.

Specialisation in Construction Management

In the Construction Management specialisation, you learn about organisation, communication, collaboration and relationships, legal issues, finance, project management, working environment, geotechnics, risk management, quality assurance and logistics. You work with the interplay between project planning and execution, and with analysis and development of systems for management and quality assurance of production in relation to the construction sector.

With a specialisation in Construction Management you gain insight into all phases of construction: from concept to project planning, construction, administration, operation, maintenance and repurposing. In addition to purely technical subject areas, the programme covers areas such as organisation, communication, collaboration, finance, project management, work environment, logistics and information technology. Thus, the focus is on the construction project as a whole as well as the construction business.

First semester: Design and project planning in building construction

In the first semester, you work with design and project planning in building construction. You work with alternative designs of selected construction elements and methods of execution, and you learn about time use, construction costs, workplace layout, schedules and cost estimates associated with payment plans as well as information management and IT systems to support the design and construction processes.

Semester structure

  • Design and Construction of Buildings (15 ECTS project)
  • Project Management and Economics (5 ECTS course)
  • Introduction to Building Information Management (5 ECTS course)
  • Introduction to Problem Based Learning and models in the built environment (5 ECTS course)

Second Semester: Project management and production in construction

The focal point of the second semester is production in the construction sector. You can work with management in a single project at a construction site or a project planning company, or you can choose to focus on the more industrial aspects of production such as concrete panel factories. Whatever focus you choose, you will analyse and develop systems for management and quality assurance in the production process as well as work with geotechnics.

Semester structure

  • Project Management and Production in Construction (15 ECTS project)
  • Management of the Construction Process (5 ECTS course)
  • Framework Conditions of Construction (5 ECTS course)
  • Geotechnics and Foundation (5 ECTS course)

Third semester: Construction management in companies

Industrial companies such as engineering consulting firms, contracting companies and building product manufacturers are the focus of the third semester. During the courses, you will learn about areas such as strategy and impact measurement, the implementation of IT systems and about quality assurance systems.  The course content is integrated in the project, and you structure and implement a well-functioning management system for a company based on detailed analyses of how the existing management systems work.

Semester structure

  • For the semester project (15 ECTS), you can chose between A: Management of Construction Industry Companies or B: ICT supported collaboration and user involvement in the building process
  • Implementation of IT based systems in organisations (5 ECTS course)
  • Development of Project, Risk and Quality Management Systems in Construction (5 ECTS course)
  • Strategy and Performance Measurements (5 ECTS course)

Fourth semester: Master’s thesis

In the fourth semester, you write your final project, your Master’s thesis. The MSc project is typically made in groups of 2 students. The thesis is based on problems identified in the construction industry and preferably in close collaboration with a company or an organisation in the business community.

Specialisation in Building Informatics

In the Building Informatics specialisation, you work with specification, design, implementation and evaluation of ICT solutions in the construction industry. You learn about the construction industry's business processes, information needs and communication analysis, and you gain in-depth knowledge of management and interdisciplinary collaboration. Among other topics, we will cover Building Information Management (BIM), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Virtual Reality (VR) and international standards as the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC).

First semester: Design and project planning in Building Construction

In the first semester, you work with design and project planning in building construction. You work with alternative designs of selected construction elements and methods of execution, and you learn about time use, construction costs, workplace layout, schedules and cost estimates associated with payment plans as well as information management and IT systems to support the design and construction processes.

Semester structure

  • Design and Construction of Buildings (15 ECTS project)
  • Project Management and Economics (5 ECTS course)
  • Introduction to Building Information Management (5 ECTS course)
  • Introduction to Problem Based Learning and models in the built environment (5 ECTS course)

Second semester: Virtual buildings and data representation

In the second semester of Building Informatics, the focus is on building models in a broad sense and on the underlying data representations. The semester project will focus on specific challenges regarding information exchange on a construction project. You will learn which data representations and modelling tools suit different stages – including design, simulation and analysis.. The course will support the project work whereyou analyse information flow and exchange requirements on a building project by means of Information Delivery Manuals (IDM) to ensure effective communication between the parties and their respective IT tools.

Semester structure

  • Virtual Buildings and Data Models (15 ECTS project)
  • Management of the Construction Process (5 ECTS course)
  • IT system development (5 ECTS course)
  • Knowledge management in the AEC Industry (5 ECTS course)

Third semester: Specification, development, testing and implementation of ICT-supported user environment

In the third semester, you acquire the theoretical and practical background for actively participating in specification, development, testing and implementation of ICT-supported user environments for collaboration and communication. You learn how to specify user needs and requirements for systems and to evaluate them. In the project work, you may work on, for example "ICT-supported Collaboration and Usability Engineering" or "ICT-supported Execution, Delivery and Facilities Management".

Semester structure

  • For the semester project (15 ECTS), you can chose between A: Management of Construction Industry Companies or B: ICT supported collaboration and user involvement in the building process
  • Implementation of IT based systems in organisations (5 ECTS course)
  • Development of Project, Risk and Quality Management Systems in Construction (5 ECTS course)
  • Strategy and Performance Measurements (5 ECTS course)

Fourth semester: Master’s thesis

In the fourth semester, you write your final project, your Master’s thesis. The MSc project is typically made in groups of 2 students. The thesis is based on problems identified in the construction industry and preferably in close collaboration with a company or an organisation in the business community.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

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