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AR50472: Professional and research skills for the construction industry

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Credits: 10 [equivalent to 20 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 200
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: PF 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Portfolio Portfolio (PF 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

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

Programme availability:

AR50472 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering


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