SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHK225346
Module Leader Nigel Craig
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory progress in SQQF Level 9 modules and eligible to proceed to SCQF Level 10.

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. Critically analyse and make judgements of 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]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Following the initial proposal, Apprentices 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. Apprentices 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 on-line workshops throughout the module to support the Apprentice at each stage of the research process. In the context of a work based ethos, teaching and learning methods use authentic work based scenarios to promote action learning, inquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. In addition, at this academic level students are expected to take a critical stance as they draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. These approaches directly involve the apprentice in the process of learning and also encourage collaborative learning. The module will begin with 2 days of introductory seminars to provide the apprentices with a clear understanding of the curriculum and assessment requirements of the module and to engage in question / answers sessions. The remainder of the module is delivered online via GCULearn. The online component is structured using a week by week template and guides the apprentice through the subject learning and assessment requirements of the module. A range of resources such as PowerPoint, Camtasia, video clips, web links and other tailored learning relevant to the module topics are used.. Learners will be supported throughout by the module team. This includes the lecturers, work based / industrial mentors and Academic Development Tutors. Clear sign posting will ensure that module learning outcomes are progressed, reinforced though a carefully mapped formative assessment of concepts / strategies and the application of critical subject matter. This facilitates an evaluation of the level of comprehension attained by the apprentice and also enables the module team to provide support and guidance as required through email, GCULearn announcements, blogs, skype of Collaborate discussions. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall / aggregate mark of 40% must be achieved.

Indicative Reading

Essential Texts Naoum, S. G. (2013) Dissertation research & writing for construction students, third edition, Routledge, ISBN - 10: 9780415538442 Recommended Texts Farrell Peter, (2016) Writing Built Environment Dissertations and Projects, 2 nd edition, Wiley Blackwell, ISBN - 10: 9781118921920 Fellows, Richard, and Liu Anita (2015) 4th ed Research methods for construction, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN - 10: 9781118915745 Holt, Gary D. (1998) A guide to successful dissertation study for students of the built environment, University of Wolverhampton, Built Environment Research Unit, 2 nd edition, ISBN - 10: 1902010019 Parahoo, K. (20014) Nursing Research: principles, process and issues, 3 rd edition,, Palgrave, ISBN - 10: 113728126X Polit, Denise, and Beck, C. (2017) Essentials of Nursing Research, 9 th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, ISBN - 10: 149635835X Frankfort-Nachmias, C., Nachimas, D. and DeWaard J., (2014) Research methods in the social sciences, 8 TH edition, New York, Worth Publishers, ISBN - 10: 1429233002 Groat, Linda and Wang, David (2013) Architectural research methods, 2 nd edition, Wiley, ISBN - 10:0470908556 Yin (2018) 6th ed Case study research: design and methods Sage Publications, ISBN - 10: 9781506336169

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]

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 03 n/a 80.00 35% Coursework 3 - Dissertation (10000 - 15000 words) by Week 8 of Tri C/A/B
Course Work 01 n/a 5.00 35% Coursework 1 - Initial proposal, by week 4 of Tri A/B/C
Course Work 02 n/a 15.00 35% Coursework 2 - Interim Submission, by beginning of Week 6 of B/C/A