Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Eugene Mohareb

Email: e.mohareb@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The Built Environment discipline relies on the successful performance of projects underpinned by effective team performance. This module introduces students to two important areas of the School’s curriculum. Using an enquiry-based learning approach students will work in teams to address problems. These problems will be structured to give students an opportunity to better understand construction and surveying practice. Students will be challenged to think their way creatively through problems whilst learning about team dynamics, leadership and team formation. Students will also be given the opportunity to work in teams to undertake a structured research project. They will be asked to begin to develop their understanding of research and given an opportunity to learn and apply some basic research skills.

This module aims to develop a range of key skills to help students make the transition from school to university. There will be a strong emphasis on independent learning and on problem solving. The module will provide students with the opportunity to begin to engage in the process of research and to develop their underpinning research skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes

At the end of the module it is expected that student will be able to:
•Locate appropriate information sources and identify, select and assemble relevant information in a variety of contexts
•Collect, record, analyse and present material
•Take ownership of a problem, generate solutions and evaluate the most effective course of action.
•Communicate ideas, analyses and conclusions in a variety of forms and to a variety of audiences
•Recognise the process of team work and evaluate the qualities that an individual can bring to a team

Additional outcomes:
Additional outcomes
The student will be given an opportunity to:
•develop their ability to work with others in team environments.
•consolidate the relationship between student academic studies and their application in practice.
•build their personal self-confidence, sense of responsibility and inter-personal skills.
•An opportunity to apply IT skills such as word processing, powerpoint and the use of spreadsheets.

Outline content:
Students will work in small groups to address two distinct project problems. The first will be an enquiry-based learning project in which students will be asked to respond to a challenge designed to give them better insight into construction and surveying practice. The second will be a structured research problem designed to give them an introduction to the process of research and to begin to develop their research skills.

Global context:
The transferable skills developed through this module

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be supported through a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 5
Practicals classes and workshops 5 5
Supervised time in studio/workshop 20 20
Guided independent study 20 20
Total hours by term 50.00 50.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The penalties for the late submission of this coursework assignment will be in accordance with University policy. The Module Convenor reserves the right to confirm with the employer that the student has completed the work placement satisfactorily.

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Not applicable

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum mark of 40% based on the submitted portfolio

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Submission of a 3,000 word report

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 7 July 2017

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