TBA4127 - Building Design Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Group assignment 1 25/100
Assignment 50/100
Group Assignment 2 25/100

Course content

The design process is the basis for an optimal construction process and an end-product according to the requirements of the client and the society. The course shall give an introduction to design management, decision making, coordination and planning related to requirements from the site, the production, clients and public authorities. Available "tools", concept options and optimisation of costs and technology will be treated. Design management related to various contract types will be a main topic. The course will be partly based on cases. The course will go in parallel with AAR4951 Design Management at Department of Architectural Design and Management.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - The candidate should have knowledge of:

  • The building design process and its place in the overall construction process.
  • What the design processes products are and what constitutes value in them.
  • The various actors involved and their roles and responsibilities.
  • Different implementation models for construction projects and the implications for the design.
  • The building design process as a production system and management of it.
  • The complexity of modern building projects and the need for interdisciplinarity and interface management
  • Management of the building design process.

Skills - The candidate should be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge in a real life building design processes.

General knowledge - The candidate must:

  • Understand the importance of professional management of the design process.
  • Understand the importance of framework factors such as cost, time and quality.
  • Understand the design process impact in relation to the building's suitability for its purpose.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and hands-on examples in cooperation with representatives from the construction industry in Norway. The exercises will be related to current projects.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises, selected lectures

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes 2 group assignments (25 % of the final grade each) and 1 individual (50 % of the final grade). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. For a re-take of the course, all parts of the assessments must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Textbook, lecture notes and project/case documents.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Group assignment 1 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Group Assignment 2 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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