Construction Design

Learners will apply the principles and practice of design and construction for low- and medium-rise buildings and structures.

Introduction to Construction Design Unit

Almost all human activity takes place in and around buildings and structures. For example, places of shelter, work, worship, culture and sport. These places have a strong influence on our quality of life. Therefore, buildings are deceptively complex and expensive to build and maintain. As such, their construction design requires careful consideration. This is to ensure that they are fit for purpose and meet user requirements. Consequently, creating and designing buildings and structures is a unique process that requires input from a team of built environment professionals. Furthermore, they take into consideration a wide variety of factors to resolve problems and meet client requirements.

What’s taught in the Construction Design Unit?

In this unit, you will learn the principles and practice involved in the design and construction of low- and medium-rise buildings and structures. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of how design is influenced by client requirements and external constraints.

Furthermore, you will consider the stages involved in the design and construction process. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of the use of design techniques. For example, sketching and computer-aided design (CAD). In doing so, this will provide efficient methods of designing, constructing and maintaining structures over their life cycle. Conjointly, to complete the assessment task within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of construction design and build concepts and processes
  2. Apply knowledge and understanding of construction design and build concepts and processes to design a building to meet an initial project brief
  3. Analyse site, client and construction information to make decisions in order to produce a building design to meet an initial project brief
  4. Be able to develop a reasoned design solution for a building to meet an initial project brief

Assessment

This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. Therefore, learners will be given a scenario two weeks before a supervised assessment period. This is in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of 12 hours. Additionally, this can be arranged over a number of sessions. As such, during the supervised assessment period learners will be given a set task that will assess their ability to produce designs to meet client requirements. Thereafter, Pearson sets and marks the task.

The number of marks for the unit is 63.
The assessment availability is May/June each year.

Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)

GLH

120

Level

3

Assessment

Exam/Test

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