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:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Shu-Ling Lu

Email: s.lu@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:


The main aim is to design and undertake research by producing a dissertation, based on:
•A thorough review of the relevant literature
•Methodological positioning and justification
•Data collection ,analysis and thorough discussion

Assessable learning outcomes:
The development and testing, using appropriate, rigorous academic techniques, of a theory related to a selected aspect in economics, management or law of a selected process or technique in the practice of the management development, design, construction or maintenance of built facilities.

Additional outcomes:
Facilities with the use of primary research techniques to test academic theories.

Outline content:
The student will prepare a dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words which will describe the development of a research proposal, fully describe and analyse the undertaking of the primary research undertaken to answer the research question of the proposal and develop arguments to draw conclusions closely related to the aims of the dissertation. The dissertation needs to be in accordance with the ‘Postgraduate Dissertation Handbook.’

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be individually tutored in the structuring and development of the dissertation. Candidates will be given general group instruction on the preparation of a master’s level dissertation: then assigned to a suitable personal supervisor. It is expected that the candidate will be in weekly contact with his/her supervisor during the dissertation process.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12 12 12
Guided independent study 188 188 188
Total hours by term 200.00 200.00 200.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
One dissertation (12,000 -15,000 words to be submitted by the first Friday of September by 4 P.M.)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

There will be a deduction of 10% for any work submitted up to one week after the original deadline for submission. Thereafter a mark of zero will be recorded.
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
To pass a student must atain a mark of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one year

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: 31 March 2017

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