MSc Construction Project Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Project Management Research Methods

Unit code MACE60050
Credit rating 15
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

Overview

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.

Aims

Develop students' ability to conduct a research assignment related to project management and to prepare students to carry out the dissertation component of the programme successfully.

Syllabus

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.
 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 100%

Feedback methods

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).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Project supervision 64
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 45

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Helen Dobson Unit coordinator

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