Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Understand the principles of design process management in building projects
  • Understand and apply lean principles and methods in design process and their impact in production, including:
    • Lean design management
    • Waste in design process and the impact of design process on waste of construction
  • Understand role of digitalization in design and apply it in design process management, including:
    • BIM process
    • Virtual design and construction
    • Situational awareness of design
    • Digitalized construction workflows
    • Direct digital construction
    • Automation and robotics
    • Digital product data

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 07.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Olli Seppänen, Olli Seppänen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Olli Seppänen, Olli Seppänen

Contact information for the course (valid 21.09.2020-21.12.2112):

Responsible teacher. Olli Seppänen,

Teacher: Ergo Pikas,

BIM modeling support: Yuan Zheng,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Advanced processes, methods and technologies related to lean and digitalized design process management in construction projects.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    this multidisciplinary course, to be held online (due to COVID-19), students
    learn advanced processes and methods related to building design process
    management in construction projects. The focus is on managing and coordinating
    interdisciplinary building project teams throughout the different design stages
    to ensure that design solutions are fit for purpose and comply with design
    requirements. The course is based on a large, multidisciplinary project
    assignment. Each student will have a role and project tasks. Mentors include
    project and design managers of the real case projects, familiar with the
    Owner's requirements in each case, to help steer the groups in the right
    direction during weekly meetings. Additionally, there is a pool of mentors who
    can review any discipline-specific questions.

    After this course, students should know basics of design theories, and theories of design process management. Students should understand Target Value Delivery and lean design methods, as well as understand the links between design, procurement and production schedules. Students should be able to collaborate effectively in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams, and be able to plan and control a design process as well as making informed decisions based on a systematic decision making criteria. Additionally, each student should be able to deepen the knowledge within their discipline by working to collaborate with other disciplines.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Individual assignments and project works

  • Applies in this implementation:

    80% of the
    grade will be based on the project work. The evaluation of project work will
    include as components:

     - 25 % peer evaluation by other groups

     - 25 % discipline-based expert evaluation
    (Evaluated by experts/mentors)

     - 50 % overall project outcomes and report
    (evaluated by teachers and project experts)

    Team members
    will evaluate each other in the team and assess their teamwork skills and
    participation. Self-evaluation will also be conducted. The team score will be
    distributed in relation to self/peer evaluation scores (based on an evaluation

     20% of
    project grade will be based on a personal report, focusing on waste in design
    process and own reflections of teamwork and own role in assignment.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching around 30 hours, individual and group work around 105 hours.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Student workload
    in total  is 135 hours:

    - Lectures: 21 h (6x1,5=9  h contact time, 9 h study time)

    - Weekly reading assignment: (5*1.5h
    = 7.5h) (around 30pages)

    - Weekly group sessions (6x1.5h =
    9 h)

    - Weekly mentoring session (6 x
    1.5h= 9)

    - Evaluation of other group’s
    project work 6 h 

    - Learning diary + essay: 12 h

    - Project work: 72.5h

    - Project
    work presentation: 3h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture material and other provided material

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Reading assignment for every lecture (around 30 pages / week, from week 1-5). 

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E2010 Building Information Modelling in Construction

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E1040 Construction Management

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Maximum 50 students. Students from Building Technology programme are prioritized.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    the course to be successful, we would like to have students from different
    building related disciplines and from different cultures participate. Please
    register as early as you can, so we can ask some questions about your
    background and predefine the groups!

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    See schedule on the front page of the course