Work-Based Learning, Electives or Collaborative Project

In both full- and part-time modes, after completion of the Digital Construction - Principles & Standards, Discipline-Specific, and Federation & Validation modules, students need to collect a further 35 European Credit Transfer System credits at level 8. Fifteen of these credits are collected via either:
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Three different 5-ECTS credit Electives, form the following list:
    • BIM & Off-Site Digital Construction
    • BIM Objects
    • Virtual & Augmented Reality for Digital Construction
    • Visual Programming for Digital Construction
    • Digital Construction & Low Energy Buildings
  • Special-case Collaborative Project
Students are encouraged to take the 15-credit Work-Based Learning module to increase their employability. Operation of the Work-Based Learning module is detailed in the Work-Based Learning Handbook.

The 5-credit electives will be available subject to resourcing and will be delivered in blended or fully online modes. Each year students will be informed of available options. The module descriptors for these modules show that each is assessed with standard grading. However, when taken as part of the BSc (Hons) in BIM (Digital Construction), students will collect the credits but the grades will not count towards award classification.

For situations where students are unable to complete Work-Based Learning or to take elective, the programme team will seek to offer a special-case collaborative project. In this project, the student will participate in a team-based collaborative project with student from other programmes, such as Construction Management, Architectural Technology, or Building Engineering, but will be assessed using components and rubrics aligned with the Work-Based Learning module. This is a non-standard offering and will only be used in exceptional circumstances. Assessment will be on a pass/refer basis and will not count towards award classification.

Penalties for Late Submission
Late submissions are handled through TU Dublin's Personal Circumstances progress detailed here.

The implications of late submission without valid reason (i.e. because of reasons detailed as not acceptable on the University's Personal Circumstance 1 form linked above) are both academic and financial.

The Work-Based Learning and special Collaborative Project modules are pass / fail only. Any late submission will result in the module being recorded as Refer in the standard academic session. This will be permanently recorded on your Student Transcript.

In other modules with standard grading, when Personal Circumstances forms have not been used, penalties are applied as a % of the awarded grade as follows:
Up to 1 week: less 10%
More than 1 week: maximum grade 35%

The results of each assessment element are combined using the weightings defined in the module descriptors and compensation between elements of a single module applies if the specified thresholds have been met.

If, after combination of elements, the 40% pass threshold has not been met in a module, when your results are issued by the Examinations Office in June / July, you will receive a Supplemental Exam Form and you are required to follow the instructions for registering as detailed at:

Although our programme has no examinations, the repeat assessments are handled under TU Dublin's Supplemental Examination process.

When registering for supplemental assessment, an appropriate fee must be paid as detailed at:


If you fail to reach the required standard for passing a module, you can repeat that module at the next available sitting (typically the supplemental period in Autumn).
The exceptions to this are Work-Based Learning and the special Collaboration Project. Students who are referred in these modules cannot repeat according to the University's standard procedures. The specialist reassessment arrangements are detailed in the relevant module descriptor (pp.29-31).

Reassessment after Supplementals
In any module, if a student has not reached the required standard after reassessment during the supplementals, unless otherwise stipulated on the module descriptor, the module must be repeated as an External or Internal repeat as detailed at:

Internal repeats require the approval of the School because of the resource implications (i.e. is sufficient space available in the class).

If you register to repeat externally, you must record that registration with and contact the associated module lecturer as soon as possible to ensure that sufficient time is available to successfully complete the assessment, which may be different from the assessment that was set at the original sitting and/or supplemental).