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AR50358: Dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation Report (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide a systematic understanding of the information sources; To develop a comprehensive understanding of critical review; To develop an ability to write scientific and technical reports.

Learning Outcomes:

* After successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate a systematic approach to carrying out independent research.
* Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principal problems limiting progress/performance in the technical area of the dissertation.
* Outline the range of techniques/solutions currently being brought to bear on these problems.
* Present and defend the significance and contribution to knowledge of their chosen dissertation topic.
* Evaluate how their chosen approach builds on or complements the current techniques/solutions.
* Make, where necessary, design judgements in the face of incomplete information.
* Demonstrate self-direction in tackling and solving problems.
* Demonstrate a systematic approach to project work and a commitment to attaining the milestones and deliverables.


* Written & oral communication skills
* Time management, resource planning, and technical authorship.
* The ability to analyse complex problems, breaking them down into a set of simpler problems, which are tractable in the context of the knowledge, skills and facilities available to the student.
* To synthesise solutions to problems from existing knowledge and understanding.
* To identify and acquire knowledge and understanding directly relevant to the solution of a problem integral to the student's project - facilitated and assessed through dissertation proposal.
* To author and produce written reports to a technical and literary standard consistent with the normal requirements of the Façade Industry industry.
* To design and present their dissertation proposal to an architectural/engineering audience - facilitated and assessed.
* To manage research, design, and/or development projects in an effective and professional way.
* To operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.

Sources of information, library, referencing, writing types, report writing, presentation techniques. Research methodologies, experimental methods, synthesis of results.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50358 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
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