KB6020 - Construction Engineering Research Project

What will I learn on this module?

TYou will learn through initial knowledge transfer directed from lectures. Still, quickly, you will be expected to work within your group to complete a forensic examination of the project brief, while evaluating its wider implications. This will simulate the peer support afforded in professional practice as students learn to assimilate the complexities of an open brief. You will advance to addressing the design requirements of the brief as individuals. Group tutors will be assigned to support both the group and then the individual student members of a given group, depending on the assessment stages. An initial short lecture series will support initial knowledge transfer so that you are prepared for the research project work. These lectures will also outline aspects such as health and safety, ethical issues, information sources and their appraisal. You will produce a project proposal and will develop and execute a project plan to implement that proposal (with key stages and milestones) designed to meet the project learning outcomes with guidance from an academic staff member. Project proposals may be based on industrial experience (either of a member of staff or the student) or linked to topics covered elsewhere on the programme that you wish to develop your knowledge further. The project involves you engaging in a substantial amount of individual independent work, under the guidance of the academic member of staff who will act as a “critical friend” through discussion of your work to allow you to reflect and improve.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through initial knowledge transfer directed from lectures but very quickly you will be expected to work within your group to complete a forensic examination of the project brief, while evaluating its wider implications. This will simulate the peer support afforded in professional practice as students learn to assimilate the complexities of an open brief. You will advance to addressing the design requirements of the brief as individuals. Group tutors will be assigned to support both the group and then the individual student members of a given group, depending on the assessment stages. An initial short lecture series will support initial knowledge transfer so that you are prepared for the research project work. These lectures will also outline aspects such as health and safety, ethical issues, information sources and their appraisal. You will produce a project proposal and will develop and execute a project plan to implement that proposal (with key stages and milestones) designed to meet the project learning outcomes with guidance from an academic staff member. Project proposals may be based on industrial experience (either of a member of staff or the student) or linked to topics covered elsewhere on the programme that you wish to develop your knowledge further. The project involves you engaging in a substantial amount of individual independent work, under the guidance of the academic member of staff who will act as a “critical friend” through discussion of your work to allow you to reflect and improve.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

For the group project, an academic staff member will be appointed to offer group and individual support through tutorial sessions which will facilitate your engagement and exploration of the project during the initial weeks. It is envisaged that the nature of this support will change through your progression through the group work stage as confidence grows and you are more able to define your priorities through your engagement with the project particulars. For the individual research project, formative assessment will be through regular interaction with the project supervisor. The supervisor will discuss the progress of the work regularly with you, make suggestions and where necessary advise on any significant changes of direction for the work. The feedback involved in these discussions will be aimed at allowing you to reflect and feed-forward improvements to the work. Written and verbal feedback will be provided as appropriate on the final work submitted for the project to allow you to reflect for the future.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Analyse theoretical and practical knowledge and data to derive conclusions

2. Identify and design the collection of and critically record data acquired in the pursuit of an engineering problem

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Plan and work independently to undertake a significant investigation, present verbally and in writing, critical analysis of theory and data, justifiable conclusions and a reflection on the study undertaken within a defined time scale.

4. Evaluate working in teams, through reflection on the experience, illustrating the lessons learnt and demonstrate an ability to integrate learning from relevant subject disciplines.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including environmental, sustainability risk and ethical assessment issues, drawing on other disciplines as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative feedback will be given for all assessments through regular interaction with members of academic staff to discuss your progress. Verbal and digital formative feedback will be provided following Coursework 1. Digital feedback will be given for Coursework 2 and will be delivered via the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You will reflect on your formative feedback and your experiences of taking the module when preparing Coursework 3 for which you will receive digital and verbal feedback.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be by three pieces of coursework that will assess your ability to satisfy the module learning outcomes. Coursework 1 will assess learning outcomes 1 and 4. Coursework 2 will assess learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 5. Coursework 3 will assess learning outcomes 4 and 5.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

As a construction engineer, you will need a range of skills to function as a professional and to increase your employability; this module will allow you to develop and demonstrate these skills. You will deliver an analysis of technical, theoretical, and practical issues and use these to research further and to derive and propose solutions to problems and communicate them. You will reflect on what is going on and the support you receive from academic staff as critical friends to discuss what you are doing and help you to consider your ideas, think deeply about them and to improve. You will be intellectually challenged and bring together much of what you have learned from the programme. Assessment will support this through the opportunities think about, not just the problems encountered but innovative ways to solve them.

Course info

UCAS Code K251

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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