CE2CRS-Research Skills

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

Module Convenor: Prof Chris Harty

Email: c.f.harty@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
«p»Understanding the process of doing research is essential for preparing for your dissertation. This module will give students the grounding in research methods, analysis and the process of writing a dissertation required. It is delivered by active research staff with a mix of lectures, group work and hands-on activities. During the module, you will gain the key research skills required, have the opportunity to develop your ideas and prepare a dissertation proposal and you will find out about the range of research activities going on within the school.«/p»

Aims:
Develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to prepare a research proposal in preparation for undertaking their dissertation.

Assessable learning outcomes:

The student will be able to: • Identify a suitable topic for academic research, formulate a clear research question and develop research aims and objectives. • Select a research strategy, sampling technique, data collection method and data analysis strategy suitable for the research question. • Undertake analysis and evaluation of data.• Understand issues of research ethics. • Develop a research proposal. 


Additional outcomes:
• Transferable skills in interpersonal communication, written communication, critical thinking, problem solving and time management.

Outline content:

• The nature of academic research and the research process. Developing a research topic; formulating clear research questions; identifying research aims and objectives. • Qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and analysis techniques. • Putting it all together - developing a research proposal. • Classes will include lectures, practical exercises and group work. Students will put into practice what they learn and develop their research proposals. •


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Research approaches and research questions; Developing aims and objectives; Methodology and Research Design; Researhc methods; Analysing data; Research ethics; Preparing undergraduate dissertations


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 78
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Set exercise 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Automated feedback on blackboard library skills test.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener 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.

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:

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re- submission of failed elements

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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