QUSU07005 2012 Research Methods

General Details

Full Title
Research Methods
Transcript Title
Research Methods
75 %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean McGagh
Programme Membership
SG_JCONS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Costing SG_JQUAN_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_JCONS_B07 201400 Bachelor of Science in Construction Cost Management SG_JQUAN_H08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_B07 201500 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation

This module introduces students to the research process, methodologies and methods and the preparation of a dissertation proposal. The module supports the production of a dissertation in further stages/studies. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Provide an overview of the research process and  the skills of the researcher


Undertake a preliminary literature search


Distinguish quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods and discuss issues of reliability and validity in research design


Frame a research/dissertation proposal


Select appropriate methods for data collection and analysis

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuotus Assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Scientific study, critical investigation

Selecting a topic, narrow, framing a research question, aims, objectives.

Academic writing – style, layout, presentation and format

Literature review – Rationale, sources, critiquing an article, plagiarism/Harvard referencing

Methodology – theorietical frameworks, methodology selection, ethics, analysis, validity, reliability.

Proposal – preparing a proposal, working title, aim, objectives, research question(s), methodology, references and plan.

Data collection methods and manipulation - questionnaires, interviews, document analysis, populations, sampling, statistical methods, analysis and interpretation, presentation of findings.

Structure - Abstract, introduction, literature, methodology, analysis, conclusion and bibliograply

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Research Methods 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research Methods 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Naoum, S.G. (2012) 3rd ed. Dissertation Research and Writing for Construction Students, Butterworth-Heinemann

Fellows, Richard and Liu (2008) 3rd ed. Research Methods for Construction, Blackwell Science

Bell, J (2010) 5th ed. Doing Your Research Project – A Guide for First Time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science, Buckingham, Open University Press

Robson, C. (2011), 3rd ed. Real World Research, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing

Swetnam, D. (2000) 3rd. ed. Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present successful work, Oxford, How To Books

Other Resources

Quantity Surveying Dissertation Handbook (updated annually)

Additional Information