SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHK225155
Module Leader Nigel Craig
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory progress in year 3 and eligible to proceed to level 4.

Summary of Content

This module is aimed at providing students with independent research skills. The students have to produce a dissertation report that includes a substantial literature review, independent data collection and analysis, interpretation of results, discussion of findings, conclusion and identification of any further work. The module objectives are to provide these skills via a research project. The students have to identify an outline topic and produce an initial proposal which is followed by an interim submission, and the final dissertation. At these stages the students will receive formative and summative feedback in order to reach the aims and objectives of the module. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 86%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 100%, which is represented by Courseworks 1,2 & 3


1. Selection of a reasonable research topic related to the students degree programme/subject area 2. Formulating a SMART research plan (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, timebound) 3. Conducting research and selecting an appropriate research method 4. Research report writing. 5. Associated skills: literature review, data handling and analysis, referencing.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the apprentice should be able to:-1. Offer professional insights and interpretation of a topic of significance and relevance to your discipline to form the basis of self - driven research2. Analyse the problems associated with the selected topic including data gathered in the pursuit of research.3. Demonstrate extensive detailed knowledge and understanding of the arising issues in the form of a written report that also includes proposed solutions, which can be supported and defended from the product of research findings, or recommendations for further research. [A2, A6, A7, A8, A9, B4, B7 SDS GA: 2.2,3.2,3.3,4.1- 4.5 ]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Seminars at the initial stage of dissertation to aid the production of an initial proposal, to include title, aims and objectives, rationale and an outline methodology. Following the initial proposal, students will work on their agreed research topic and will be supported by their allocated supervisor in the preparation of the interim report, namely literature review and detailed methodology. Students will continue to consult with their nominated supervisor, who will provide academic guidance throughout the whole module. This will include data collection, data analysis, discussion of research results and dissertation production. The will culminate in the production of the final dissertation. In addition to the guidance by supervisors, there will be a series of workshops throughout the module to support the students at each stage of the research process. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module.(Full dissertation process = 48 weeks)

Indicative Reading

Holt, Gary D. (1998) A guide to successful dissertation study for students of the built environment, University of Wolverhampton, Built Environment Research Unit. Parahoo, K. (2006) Nursing Research: principles, process and issues - pp.121-147, Basingstoke, Palgrave Polit, Denise, and Beck, C. (2011) Overview of Mixed Methods Research, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Frankfort-Nachmias, C. and Nachimas, D. (2008) Research methods in the social sciences, New York, Worth Publishers Fellows, Richard (2014) 4th ed Research methods for construction, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell. Groat, Linda and Wang, David (2013) Architectural research methods, Wiley. Naoum, S. G. (2013) Dissertation research & writing for construction students, Routledge Yin (2018) 6th ed Case study research: design and methods Sage Publications

Transferrable Skills

1. Identification and selection of a problem for investigation. 2. Investigative approaches to decision making and problem - solving. 3. Data collection and evaluation. 4. Use of data and interpretation. 5. Written presentation skills. 6. Identification and selection of appropriate research method 7. Use of references, bibliographies and electronic information sources. [C1, C2, C3, C5, D1, D2, D4, D5, E1-E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.4]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 342.00
Assessment (FT) 46.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 5.00 35% Coursework 1 - Initial proposal
Course Work 02 n/a 15.00 35% Coursework 2 - Interim Submission
Course Work 03 n/a 80.00 35% Coursework 3 - Dissertation (10000 - 15000 words)