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AR50472: Professional and research skills for the construction industry

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 10      [equivalent to 20 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 200
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: PF 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio Portfolio (PF 100% - Qualifying Mark: 50)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Synopsis: This unit provides knowledge and training in a range of professional skills and research techniques. The knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme will inform your curriculum to demonstrate the communication, planning, critical and professional evaluation skills needed to perform at a postgraduate professional level. Also, to exhibit the knowledge, metacognitive awareness and skill-set, which enables teamwork. You will be able to conduct theoretical or practical research.
Intended Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, metacognitive awareness and skills set to integrate into a professional team within the construction sector.

Formulate and investigate a research question of theoretical or practical relevance to your programme of study.

Propose a path to find a solution to the identified problem independently and the ability to critically interpret the results obtained.
Content: Academic Writing

planning and structuring texts; coherence & cohesion; language, criticality & effective use of sources; academic style; editing; reflective skills development and peer review and group working skills;

Professional Practice

the work environment; commercial awareness; CV & interview readiness; cultural and cognitive diversity & leadership; effective communication; Collaboration & teamwork; time management;

Research Methods: Research ontologies and epistemology; Taxonomy and research; qualitative and quantitative data collection and analytical approaches; Devising a research proposal; practicalities of conducting research; Dissertation writing
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50472 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering


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