Module title: Research and Innovation

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08114
Module leader: Sean Smith
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

None required.

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sean Smith
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The students will have a series of lectures, tutorials and demonstrations based on the current research and consultancy work undertaken in the school by The Institute for Sustainable Construction.
Students will be required to maintain their own record of their learning on the module by maintaining a learning journal (l.o. 2) which will record the drivers for the research, funding sources, outcomes of the projects, methods of research and relevance to the industry. (l.o. 1)
Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to recognise the academic work of others and acknowledge this in their own work. (l.o. 3) Students will be tutored in the skills required to complete an Research & Development proposal. (l.o. 4)
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Students are required to demonstrate the ability to properly acknowledge the previous outputs, publications and work of others in their own research work. This skill can be applied in subsequent modules such as the dissertation. Students will be encouraged to maintain copies of artefacts such as research proposals and a learning journal created during the module to demonstrate reflective writing and research skills to potential employers.
Research / teaching linkages
The module draws on the research, innovation, Research &Development and consultancy work carried out by the Institute for Sustainable Construction. The lectures covering the research projects will be delivered by staff from the institute involved in or leading the projects.
Supporting equality and diversity
The module is designed as an inclusive module and there are no restrictions on who is able to study this module.
The module is based on UK Research &Development projects and practice. In some cases subject to legal constraints can be applied in an international context.

Formative Assessment:
Tutorials will provide opportunities for formative feedback and feedforward as the students maintain their learning journal. Students complete a research proposal which will be included in the journal. Feedback is to be provided on both the technical report and the learning journal at regular intervals during the module.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is in the form of the learning journal including the research proposal.
A technical report based on one of the projects completed recently by the Institute for Sustainable Construction containing the origins of the research, external drivers, finance, execution and outcomes of the project. The report should be properly presented, referenced and structured.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Reflective Log 50 2 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 50 1,3,4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module includes referencing techniques, technical writing and reflective learning strategies.
This module is concerned with fundamental research techniques in the built environment. The module offers the student opportunities to learn about the industry based research projects, innovation and consultancy work undertaken in the School. The module includes the role of innovation and entrepreneurship within the construction sector and influence within the market and growth.
Research methodology and techniques. Data collection and analysis. Referencing and citation of others' academic work. Research proposals and outputs. Funding research in the built environment. Current research projects. New projects, product driver developments in relation to Building Standards/Regulatory framework. Academic publication. Copyright and Patent Law.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
L01: Discuss various aspects of built environment related research projects
L02: Observe and report on a research project
L03: Use a standard referencing system to acknowledge the academic work of other researchers.
L04: Prepare a research proposal

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