QUSU08023 2019 Dissertation in Construction Project management

General Details

Full Title
Dissertation in Construction Project management
Transcript Title
Dissertation in Construction P
Code
QUSU08023
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
Department
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Paul Tansey
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Construction Project Management SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology
Description

This module will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete an element of undergraduate research and produce a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Formulate a research problem and generate related research question(s).

2.

Articulate the aims of the investigation.

3.

Apply appropriate theoretical approaches and methodology.

4.

Produce a well focused literature review.

5.

Collect relevant data and analyse them in the light of the research questions.

6.

Present findings in a coherent and logical manner.

7.

Defend your argument, the work undertaken, the validity of the conclusion, alternative methods and the ramifications/impact of the project on the built environment and society at large.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant and guest lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings students together to facilitate group learning. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Interim Presentation at Seminar - 5%

Verbal presentation skills

Knowledge of subject area

Ability to respond to queries

Continuous Assessment - 10% (5% = Semester 1; 5% = Semester 2)

Programming & Management (time, records, appointments,)

Adherence to specified submission dates

Communication with supervisor

Attendance at meetings

Regular submission of written work

Ability to discuss issues and act on constructive criticism

Submission and quality of first draft

Final Interview

Introduction & Literature Review - 35% (Marked end of Semester 1)

Abstract & Introduction to the problem

Aims & Objectives

Relevance, scope and currency of topic

Technical content

Analysis, interpretation and discussion

Research - 30%

Methodology and its justification

Ethical considerations

Identification of limitations

Commitment to the problem raised

Relevance to aims and objectives

Discussion

Validity & reliability of findings

Conclusions and Recommendations

Overall argument - cogent, coherent, logical, well analysed and critical

Quality of Report Writing and Presentation - 20%

Layout & Format

Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation & Referencing

Methodical

Clarity, Quality & Flow of Academic Writing

 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.  

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
none
Co-requisites
none
Incompatibles
none

Indicative Syllabus

Research design - selecting a suitable topic, review of existing knowledge, devise conceptual framework, decide the research question, list information needs, decide research strategy, conduct report findings.

Research method - appreciating the use and application of different techniques, literature review, document analysis, surveys, interviews, sampling and statistical methods.

Information - official publications, published works, library resources, archival resources, industrial and private resources.

Research evaluation - critical evaluation of research arising from the application of various research techniques.

Dissertation presentation - presentation, layout, printing and typing, pagination, title page, declaration, abstract, referencing, citation, visuals, bibliography, appendices.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation Presenation to Supervisors and Class Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Any 2
2 Continuous Assessment Management, Communication, Submissions and Final Interivew Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Written Report Written Report Introduction & Literature Review Continuous Assessment Written Report 35 % Any 1,2,4
4 Written Report Research Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Any 2,3,5,6,7
5 Written Report Written Report Quality of Report Writing and Presentation Continuous Assessment Written Report 20 % Any 6,7

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Lecture Theatre group exercises 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self directed learning 12 Weekly 12.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite group exercises 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self directed learning 12 Weekly 12.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Authors

Title

Publishers

Year

IT Sligo

Construction Project Management Dissertation Handbook

IT Sligo

2019

Naoum

Dissertation, Research and Writing for Construction Students. 2nd ed.

Butterworth Heinemann

2006

Rudestam & Newton

Surviving Your Dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process. 3rd ed.

Sage

2007

Fellows & Lui

Research Methods for Construction. 3rd ed

Wiley Blackwell

2008

Anderson & Poole

Assignment and Thesis Writing. 4th ed

Wiley Blackwell

2001

Bell

Doing Your Research Project, A Guide for First Time Researchers

Open University Press

2003

Robson

Real World Research

(2nd Edition)

Blackwell Publishing

2002

Journal Resources

 - Construction Management & Economics

 - International Journal of Project Management

 - Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

 - Journal of Management in Engineering

 - Building Research & Information

 - Automation in Construction 

URL Resources

https://scholar.google.com/ 

 

Other Resources

n/a

Additional Information

None