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UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD FORM MS (2010/11)
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Date of completion of this version of Module Specification: July 2012
Date of approval by the Faculty Programme Approval and Review Sub-committee:
University module code:
HESA / JACS subject area code
Credit Value: 60
ECTS Value: 30
Length (in Semesters): One (F/T) Two (P/T & DL)
Semester(s) in which to be offered: 2 or 3 (start point)
Existing module New module
Title of Module being replaced (if any): Research Methods (K900 M0001) Dissertation (K900 M0002)
With effect from: September 2012
Originating School: School of the Built Environment
Module Co-ordinator(s) Rita Newton
Programme(s) in which to be offered:
MSc Accessibility and Inclusive Design MSc Building Information Management and Integrated Design MSc Construction Law and Practice MSc Construction Management MSc Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management MSc Digital Architectural Design MSc Project Management in Construction MSc Quantity Surveying MSc Quantity Surveying (M&E) MSc Real Estate Development MSc Real Estate and Property Management MSc Sustainable Building Design MSc Urban Design and Regeneration
Pre-requisites (between levels):
Co-requisites (within a level):
Indicative learning hours:600
Percentage taught by School(s) other than originating School :
Aims of Module:
To provide the opportunity for students to:
Engage in good research planning at postgraduate level; Apply an established process of research to produce a research proposal followed by a dissertation on a specific research topic related to the programme of study; Engage in empirical, theoretical or doctrinal research (based on evidence present in the literature) or constructive research (aimed at solving a real-life problem), or other type of recognised research approach; Apply an ethical approach when conducting research and complete the ethical approval process in accordance with university requirements.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
Develop and refine a research proposal; Develop and refine research aim and objectives; Investigate sources of information and conduct extensive literature searches; Analyse and synthesise complex information from the literature search; Analyse and critically review alternative research strategies and research techniques, apply selection criteria, and make justifiable selections; Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques and judiciously apply these techniques in analysing data, and / or justify the adoption of a different recognised research approach; Systematically approach the construction of a solution to a real-life problem, demonstrate the solution’s applicability and to show its theory connections (in case of prescriptive research); Design and develop conclusions based on evidence including validation and authentication; Produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a dissertation.
Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes On completion of the module students will have had the opportunity to:
Demonstrate what makes good research; Produce a research proposal; Apply critical awareness to published literature material; Use a variety of techniques to investigate research issues; Analyse both textual and numerate information in a variety of manners and develop justifiable findings, trends, and indicators; Develop solutions based on an in-depth analysis of a problem, and trial those solutions; Use evidence in such a manner as to provide for stable and justifiable conclusions; Incorporate ethical issues and considerations within a research based dissertation; Demonstrate high level written communication skills; Write a substantial and coherent document in the form of a dissertation.
Module mark calculation: Method A
Assessment components (in chronological order of submission / examination date) Denote final assessment component in box marked final assessment component (99)
Type of assessment
Duration (if exam)
Word count (if essay/dissertation):
Component pass required
Up to 3,000
Final assessment component (99) Dissertation
15,000 – 18,000
Learning and teaching strategies:
Students studying this module include full-time, part-time and distance taught modes of attendance therefore a range of learning and teaching approaches will be provided to support students in developing a research proposal and completing their dissertation. Students will be allocated a supervisor who will support the student in terms of research direction, project planning and completion. All students will have opportunity to participate in structured Research Methods classes, either face-to-face, or on-line. On-line support will use a range of interactive technologies including electronic discussion lists and Virtual Learning Environments.
Developing and refining the research proposal; Developing and refining the research aim and objectives; Conducting an advanced literature search; Compiling a critical literature review; Selecting a research strategy (survey, case study, experiment, action research etc) Selecting appropriate research techniques (questionnaires, interviews, observation etc); Using descriptive and prescriptive research; Applying quantitative research techniques, analysis and interpretation; Applying qualitative research techniques, analysis and interpretation; Arriving at conclusions from the research; Writing a dissertation.
Indicative texts and / or other learning materials / resources:
Dunleavy, P (2003). How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation. Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillen. Gray, DE. (2009). Doing research in the real world. London, Sage. Knight, A. & Ruddock, L. (eds). (2008). Advanced research methods in the built environment. Oxford, Wiley Blackwells. McConville, M & Chui, WH. (eds) (2007). Research methods for law. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press. Wallace, M & Wray, A. (2011). Critical reading and writing for postgraduates. London, Sage.
Further reading and resources see: http://lasu.salford.ac.uk/
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