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Module Title

research, analysis, dissertation

SCQF Points60
ECTS Points30
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedJune 2012
Version No.1

Prerequisites for Module

120 credits at SCQF 11 or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


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.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning
Supervised Tutorials

Directed Study

Directed Study

Mode of 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.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5
Component 2 1,2,3,4,5

Component 2: Mode of assessment is by examination of the completed dissertation. Dissertation to be commenced after completion of the Structured Research Methods Programme.

Component 1: Mode of assessment is by participation in structured activities and production of draft proposals in the context of the Structured Research Methods Programme.

Indicative Bibliography

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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