MSc Construction Project Management / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Project Management Research Methods
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
This unit runs in both semesters. In the first semester students will work with the University Language Centre on improving their academic practice. The skills developed in the academic practice section will be relevant to all other units and the dissertation - in particular referencing, critical thinking and academic writing will be central.
In the second semester we will focus on research methods - this is particularly important for preparing you for your dissertation. We critically discuss different research methodologies and develop your skills in analysing others' research and designing your own. Quantitative and qualitative data collection and data analysis approaches will be covered.
The unit introduces the principles of research design and illustrates the application of alternative research methods to research problems related to project management.
Key aspects of carrying out a literature review are covered, including: searching for and selecting relevant literature; summarising findings and how such findings are evidenced; writing a coherent and well-structured review; critically engaging with others' work; synthesising findings from the review and applying these to one's own project.
Students receive feedback on their written report through Blackboard. In addition to individual comments and a mark for each section, a qualitative rubric classification is given for each section (allowing comparison of different levels of performance).Students receive feedback on their written report through Blackboard. In addition to individual comments and a mark for each section, a qualitative rubric classification is given for each section (allowing comparison of different levels of performance).
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|Helen Dobson||Unit coordinator|