TBA4127 - Building Design Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Individual assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Individual assignment 100/100

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 Architecture and planning.

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

  • Group assignment 1
  • Group assignment 2

Further on evaluation

Individual assignment accounts for 100 % of the grade. Two group assignment must be approved in order to submit the individual assignment.

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 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Individual assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Individual assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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