Core Module Information
Module title: MSc Dissertation

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: CTR11111
Module leader: Aamir Khokhar
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

Research Theory and Experimentation: research hypothesis, research design, experimentation and data gathering, hypothesis testing and data analysis

Research Presentation: abstracts, synopses, documentation, writing, referencing and presentation



Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. demonstrate a critical and theoretical understanding of research methods;
LO2. demonstrate an analytical, numerical and experimental approach to the undertaking of a research Investigation;
LO3.demonstrate creativity, imagination and initiative in the treatment of numerical and experimental data;
LO4.prepare and submit a research dissertation setting out the findings of their research investigation.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Aamir Khokhar
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs The focus of this module is independent study and revision by the student. Regular one-to-one supervision with dedicated supervisor is arranged which may be face-to-face or Moodle based or a combination of both to report progress with learning plans, strategies and content dependent upon the topic area. This aspect will be discussed with each student on an individual basis (LOs 1- 4). In this module the student is expected to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a particular topic/problem (LO1) related to structural design and on sustainable material, as well as critically evaluate the research design and methodology employed, and to analyse the outcomes of the research in terms of the performance measures considered and potential benefits and practical applications (LO2, 3 and 4).
Module content is developed in consultation with employers. Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the process of completing the written dissertation. Students are supervised by staff with appropriate research interests and may also interact with departmental research students and the wider Civil and Structural Engineering research units. All materials are available on Virtual Learning Environment to cater for the diverse student group. Editable formats are provided to allow students to alter font, text size, background colour and justification as desired.


Formative Assessment:
Regular formative feedback is provided by the supervisor.

Summative Assessment:
The assessment will be based on the appraisal of a written dissertation submitted by the student (LO4). The ability to critically review a topic (LO1) as well as to collect, organise, analyse, interpret and discuss analytical, numerical and experimental data/information will be evaluated (LO2 and LO3). The dissertation will be about 20000 words.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 20000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Aamir Khokhar
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The focus of this module is independent study and revision by the student. Regular one-to-one supervision with dedicated supervisor is arranged which may be face-to-face or ICT based or a combination of both to report progress with learning plans, strategies and content dependent upon the topic area. This aspect will be discussed with each student on an individual basis (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4). In this module the student is expected to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a particular topic/problem (LO1) as well as critically evaluate the research design and methodology employed, and to analyse the outcomes of the research in terms of the performance measures considered and potential benefits and practical applications (LO2, 3 and 4).

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Module content is developed in consultation with employers.
Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the process of completing the written dissertation.

Assessment (formative and summative)
The assessment will be based on the appraisal of a written dissertation submitted by the student (LO4). The ability to critically review a topic (LO1) as well as to collect, organise, analyse, interpret and discuss analytical, numerical and experimental data/information will be evaluated (LO2 and LO3). The dissertation will be about 20000 words. Dissertation should be hard bound (100%).

Research/ teaching linkages
Students are supervised by staff with appropriate research interests and may also interact with departmental research students and the wider Civil and Structural Engineering research units.
All materials are available on Virtual Learning Environment to cater for the diverse student group. Editable formats are provided to allow students to alter font, text size, background colour and justification as desired.

Formative Assessment:
Regular formative feedback is provided by the supervisor.

Summative Assessment:
The assessment will be based on the appraisal of a written dissertation submitted by the student (LO4) and by viva voce examination (LO1-3). The ability to critically review a topic (LO1) as well as to collect, organise, analyse, interpret and discuss analytical, numerical and experimental data/information will be evaluated (LO2 and LO3). The dissertation
will be about 20000 words.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 70 1,2,3, 4 13 , WORDS= 20.000
Oral Assessment 30 1,2,3 13 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 0
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Aamir Khokhar
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The focus of this module is independent study and revision by the student. Regular one-to-one supervision with dedicated supervisor is arranged which may be face-to-face or ICT based or a combination of both to report progress with learning plans, strategies and content dependent upon the topic area. This aspect will be discussed with each student on an individual basis (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4). In this module the student is expected to undertake a sustained, rigorous and independent investigation of a particular topic/problem (LO1) as well as critically evaluate the research design and methodology employed, and to analyse the outcomes of the research in terms of the performance measures considered and potential benefits and practical applications (LO2, 3 and 4).

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Module content is developed in consultation with employers.
Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the process of completing the written dissertation.

Assessment (formative and summative)
The assessment will be based on the appraisal of a written dissertation submitted by the student (LO4). The ability to critically review a topic (LO1) as well as to collect, organise, analyse, interpret and discuss analytical, numerical and experimental data/information will be evaluated (LO2 and LO3). The dissertation will be about 20000 words. Dissertation should be hard bound (100%).

Research/ teaching linkages
Students are supervised by staff with appropriate research interests and may also interact with departmental research students and the wider Civil and Structural Engineering research units.
All materials are available on Virtual Learning Environment to cater for the diverse student group. Editable formats are provided to allow students to alter font, text size, background colour and justification as desired.

Formative Assessment:
Regular formative feedback is provided by the supervisor

Summative Assessment:
The assessment will be based on the appraisal of a written dissertation submitted by the student (LO4) and by viva voce examination (LO1-3). The ability to critically review a topic (LO1) as well as to collect, organise, analyse, interpret and discuss analytical, numerical and experimental data/information will be evaluated (LO2 and LO3). The dissertation
will be about 20000 words.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 588
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 70 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 20000
Oral Assessment 30 1,2,3 13 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 70

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