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:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Eugene Mohareb

Email: e.mohareb@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The Built Environment discipline relies on the successful performance of projects underpinned by effective team performance and the upholding of professional standards of conduct. This module introduces students to two important areas of the School’s curriculum – academic research and professional practice. Using an enquiry-based learning approach students will work in teams to address typical professional practice 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 teamwork 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, critically 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 • Re cognise the process of team work and evaluate the qualities that an individual can bring to a team

Additional outcomes:

The student will be given an opportunity to:

  • Understand professional roles/responsibilities of key players associated with the construction, surveying and property throughout a building’s lifecycle and be aware of the benefits of collaborative practice

  • Develop their ability to work with others in team environments.

  • Consolidate the relationship between student academic studies and their application in professional 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.

  • Explore topics related to professional ethics and how they pertain to professional practice

  • Discuss sustainability topics as they pertain to the built environment

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 3 5
Guided independent study: 42 40
Total hours by term 0
Total hours for module 100

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two presentations (one focused on professional ethics, one focused on literature review on sustainability topics), two teammate evaluations, one research report

Formative assessment methods:

Meeting minutes submitted after each workshop

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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A minimum mark of 40% based on the submitted assessments

Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of a 3,000 word report (100%) dealing with teamwork, professional practice, research and/or sustainability topics.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 27 April 2020


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