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Module Title
Reference SUM500 Version 2
Created June 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved June 2012 SCQF Points 60
Amended December 2017 ECTS Points 30

Aims of Module
To develop skills and intellectual abilities in the investigation, assessment, evaluation and interpretation of a variety of relevant source material and its reiteration through literate, critical argument.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Use a systematic approach to information acquisition and retrieval using the full range of available search techniques.
2 Critically analyse theoretical ideas and other information.
3 Conduct a critical review of the literature relevant to the topic under investigation.
4 Develop a focused aims statement and formulate an appropriate methodology for testing.
5 Assemble a coherent, well-structured and intelligible dissertation written to professional standards.

Indicative Module Content
There is no predetermined syllabus for this module. Instruction will be provided to suit the needs of individual students. Further training in research methods will be provided where appropriate.

Module Delivery
Delivery of the module is through independent study and working by the student supported by supervisor lead tutorial sessions. Students are directed to follow a structured research methods programme available online and are supported by personalised tutorials and focused workshops where appropriate.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 30 30
Non-Contact Hours 570 570
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 600 600
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 25% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Participation in activities, both independent and collaborative, along with submission of a research proposal.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 75% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: An individual written dissertation.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students should achieve a mark of at least 40% and an overall grade of D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or greater
B 60% or greater
C 50% or greater
D 40% or greater
E 35% or greater
F Less than 35%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module 120 credits at SCQF 11 or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 Bell, J (2014) Doing Your Research Project, Open University Press.
2 Fellows, R., (2015). Research Methods for Construction. Blackwell Science.
3 Naoum, S.G., (2013). Dissertation Research and Writing for Construction Students. Routledge.
4 Levin, P., (2011). Excellent Dissertations. Open University Press.

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