Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation (Transport) Global Online

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

Module code: CTR11717
Module leader: Achille Fonzone
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment
Prerequisites

none

Timetables
Description of module content:

Through this module you will be provided with the basic skills to design and carry out research in the transport subject areas at master level. You will work on your research under the supervision of an appointed member of academic staff, and through this you will become a subject expert in a recognised transport issue. You will also learn how to apply a range of research techniques, and all of this combined will aid you in the development of independent learning, critical thinking, and writing skills.

More formally, the module comprises two components.
The taught part of the module (term 2) offers an introduction to research in transport. You will learn how to identify research objectives and questions linked to the existing knowledge gaps in the transport field. You will actively develop your skills to carry out a literature review, searching for literature by means of the resources available through the University, and learn about research philosophies and methods. The main aim of this part of the module is to get you to think about research issues and how you will apply these to a subject area of your choice

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Develop research objectives/questions and strategies to address them in the transport field
LO2: Search for and critically review research literature
LO3: Collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative evidence
LO4: Draw recommendations for transport policy and research based on factual evidence
LO5: Write a research proposal
LO6: Write a medium-long scientific essay

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Achille Fonzone
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Notes and possibly research seminars support the achievement of LOs 1-3 and 5. Notes give you an overview of transport research, with the aim of illustrating some aspects of the scientific method and of helping you to take the first steps in research. In particular, you are introduced to basic research concepts, academic literature and the fundamentals of inferential statistic. Seminars in collaboration with academic and non-academic experts offer you a glimpse of what good research is, and introduce you to contemporary research topics and techniques.

For self-assessment, you will have to answer on-line quizzes that will help you verify your understanding of the fundamentals of research and statistics. You should compare your answers to the correct ones and discuss your views with lecturers and peers. The quizzes aim to stimulate your reflection on what you will put in practice in the dissertation and to give you some the possibility of hands-on experience with statistics. Working on statistical exercises, you may have to use software enhancing your data management and analysis skills. Quizzes however will very much focus on the basic principles of research, as these need to be clearly established before you undertake a masters dissertation.

You will then put into practice the theoretical content when preparing a research proposal on a topic of your choice (LO 5). As a source of inspiration, the staff of School of Engineering and Built Environment will suggest a list of possible subjects. To foster a proactive approach to learning and research, you will select your own supervisor whenever possible and work with them for the proposal. In the research proposal, you have to reflect on the competences and the resources you need for the dissertation. Then you have to prepare a work plan of the foreseen activities. These tasks help you enhance your personal development plan attitude and skills.

Then you will have to work on a dissertation (LOs 4 and 6), a piece of autonomous research, following the plan developed in the research proposal. You will have continuous interaction with your supervisor, either through email or Webex, so that the dissertation involves a mix of directed and independent study. Working on the dissertation under the guidance of their supervisors, you develop also advanced writing skills. The onus however is very much on you to initiate discussion and drive the project forward.

The literature review is a relevant part of both the research proposal and the dissertation. This increases your knowledge of the state-of-the-art on specific transport topics and your academic literacy in general. Reviewing literature gives you the opportunity to enhance your capacity to assess critically and summarise existing knowledge.

We use Moodle to manage the course, to disseminate update material, and foster collaborative learning. As stated, we use WebEX for on-line tutorials and supervision. You submit your work in Turnitin, which helps you reflect on ethical issues on research.



Formative Assessment:
Through formative assessment you can have feedback on your learning process. The formative assessment of this module is initially exclusively based on on-line quizzes. These will cover the basic issues of carrying out research in the social sciences and civil engineering disciplines. At the dissertation stage, formative assessment is of a far more qualitative and specific one-to-one form, where comment and discussion will surround the work you produce in the undertaking of your masters dissertation research project. Through this feedback, you will have a very clear idea of your level of progress with the dissertation.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment measures the level of achievement that students have reached at a given point in time. The summative assessment of this module has two components, a research proposal and a dissertation.

The research proposal lays the foundation for the dissertation. The proposal gives you the opportunity to reflect on and apply concepts and techniques presented in the notes, and to start discussing with your supervisor the content of the thesis. The proposal should describe research area, scope for research, research design, and the work programme of the dissertation. The research proposal is marked by your supervisor.

The dissertation is a scientific essay of medium length, based on research that you will carry out autonomously, and structured according to the academic standards. You work under the supervision of members of staff who mentor you in the transport research field. However, you are responsible for the choice of subjects and methods. This ensures a personalised approach to research. Given its relevance within the masters, the dissertation is normally marked by two members of the staff including the supervisor.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 560
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 10
Online Tutorial 10
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 5 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Dissertation 85 1,2,3,4,6 28 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 15
Component 2 subtotal: 85
Module subtotal: 100
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: WORLDWIDE
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Achille Fonzone
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Notes and possibly research seminars support the achievement of LOs 1-3 and 5. Notes give you an overview of transport research, with the aim of illustrating some aspects of the scientific method and of helping you to take the first steps in research. In particular, you are introduced to basic research concepts, academic literature and the fundamentals of inferential statistic. Seminars in collaboration with academic and non-academic experts offer you a glimpse of what good research is, and introduce you to contemporary research topics and techniques.

For self-assessment, you will have to answer on-line quizzes that will help you verify your understanding of the fundamentals of research and statistics. You should compare your answers to the correct ones and discuss your views with lecturers and peers. The quizzes aim to stimulate your reflection on what you will put in practice in the dissertation and to give you some the possibility of hands-on experience with statistics. Working on statistical exercises, you may have to use software enhancing your data management and analysis skills. Quizzes however will very much focus on the basic principles of research, as these need to be clearly established before you undertake a masters dissertation.

You will then put into practice the theoretical content when preparing a research proposal on a topic of your choice (LO 5). As a source of inspiration, the staff of School of Engineering and Built Environment will suggest a list of possible subjects. To foster a proactive approach to learning and research, you will select your own supervisor whenever possible and work with them for the proposal. In the research proposal, you have to reflect on the competences and the resources you need for the dissertation. Then you have to prepare a work plan of the foreseen activities. These tasks help you enhance your personal development plan attitude and skills.

Then you will have to work on a dissertation (LOs 4 and 6), a piece of autonomous research, following the plan developed in the research proposal. You will have continuous interaction with your supervisor, either through email or Webex, so that the dissertation involves a mix of directed and independent study. Working on the dissertation under the guidance of their supervisors, you develop also advanced writing skills. The onus however is very much on you to initiate discussion and drive the project forward.

The literature review is a relevant part of both the research proposal and the dissertation. This increases your knowledge of the state-of-the-art on specific transport topics and your academic literacy in general. Reviewing literature gives you the opportunity to enhance your capacity to assess critically and summarise existing knowledge.

We use Moodle to manage the course, to disseminate update material, and foster collaborative learning. As stated, we use WebEX for on-line tutorials and supervision. You submit your work in Turnitin, which helps you reflect on ethical issues on research.



Formative Assessment:
Through formative assessment you can have feedback on your learning process. The formative assessment of this module is initially exclusively based on on-line quizzes. These will cover the basic issues of carrying out research in the social sciences and civil engineering disciplines. At the dissertation stage, formative assessment is of a far more qualitative and specific one-to-one form, where comment and discussion will surround the work you produce in the undertaking of your masters dissertation research project. Through this feedback, you will have a very clear idea of your level of progress with the dissertation.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment measures the level of achievement that students have reached at a given point in time. The summative assessment of this module has two components, a research proposal and a dissertation.

The research proposal lays the foundation for the dissertation. The proposal gives you the opportunity to reflect on and apply concepts and techniques presented in the notes, and to start discussing with your supervisor the content of the thesis. The proposal should describe research area, scope for research, research design, and the work programme of the dissertation. The research proposal is marked by your supervisor.

The dissertation is a scientific essay of medium length, based on research that you will carry out autonomously, and structured according to the academic standards. You work under the supervision of members of staff who mentor you in the transport research field. However, you are responsible for the choice of subjects and methods. This ensures a personalised approach to research. Given its relevance within the masters, the dissertation is normally marked by two members of the staff including the supervisor.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 560
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 10
Online Tutorial 10
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 5 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Dissertation 85 1,2,3,4,6 28 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 15
Component 2 subtotal: 85
Module subtotal: 100

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