CEM108-Engineering Research and Dissertation

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM100 Dissertation and research skills or CEM109 Research Project and dissertation
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Runming Yao

Email: R.Yao@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The module will introduce students to the basic skills for carrying out research and completion of a dissertation through an engineering research project.

The module will introduce students to the basic skills for carrying out research, including the ability to develop a clear research question and subsequent research proposal; critically assessing relevant literature; identifying appropriate methods to address the posed question; and robust analysis of results. These elements of research will be introduced in lectures, before the students embark on their projects.
• To provide students with experience of undertaking a major, MSc level research project;
• To provide students with experience of presenting their work to a professional audience in a formal setting;
• To provide students the opportunity to experience and become familiar with specialist skills in an area of energy efficient building design, environmental system design, energy management, building performance assessment or relevant area which interests them and for which expertise exists within the University.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module, students will have:
• Understanding of some key research issues in their area of specialism;
• Understanding of the research process;
• Ability to plan and organise a substantial research project, including gathering the resources required;
• Ability to collect and process data for research;
• Ability to develop computer models for research;
• Ability to design and carry out experiments;
• Ability to present their research in a formal academic and professional setting (oral and poster presentation);
• Ability to write a substantial dissertation in a formal academic style with critical analysis of relevant literature as well as of their own work.

Additional outcomes:
Presentation skills.

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The students will receive an initial period of training in research methods, before embarking on their projects. This will consist of a series of lectures and tutorials.
Further teaching and learning methods will vary with project topic and supervisor. As a rough guide, students can expect a total of 20 hours of direct guidance from their supervisor and other staff over the duration of the project. This includes time spent reading and commenting on draft chapters. This will vary with project topic and supervisor commitments.
Students are expected to work independently for the vast majority of the learning hours of the project module. Students are also expected to actively maintain contact with their supervisor. For more information please see the dedicated section of the programme handbook.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 2 2
Project Supervision 4 16
Guided independent study 94 94 382
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00 400.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Dissertation 80
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A research proposal and one dissertation of between 10,000 to 15,000 words following the dissertation handbook guidelines.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

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: 20 April 2018


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