Course Information Undergraduate prospectus


Course summary

Course code: BUIL1221
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Brian Cato


Pre and co requisites

Level 5 or equivalent


• Provide students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial critical, in-depth study in a particular sector of construction which is of interest to the student;
• To develop their knowledge of investigation, research, analysis, evaluation, synthesis and other techniques to gather, process, integrate and present usable information.
• To enable students to follow a particular scheme utilising the competencies of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence which is aimed to provide insight into the requirements within their future professional career.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
• Demonstrate initiative and discrimination in the producing solutions to construction scenarios including sourcing and selection of material;
• critically appraise and evaluate reference material;
• integrate data and knowledge and synthesise and contextualise complex information;
• critically examine and reflect on theoretical perspectives and their relevance to practice;
• organise and structure a substantial piece of work;
• produce a clearly defined and usable outcome within a specified timescale;
• demonstrate a level of expert knowledge;
• manage your own efforts effectively.

Upon successfully completing the course the student will have completed a submission in accordance with the course requirements and thus fulfilled the aims outlined above.

Indicative content

A number of weeks of lectures and tutorials on Research Methods and report writing will feature towards the end of term B. The end of term submission will form the basis of your project proposal and allow you to further develop this prior to the final stage of your studies.

Introductory lectures on research methods; sessions with library staff on navigating and locating relevant information within the electronic databases. Assessed in-class presentations by week four of term one and a further presentation at the end of term one. Tutorials to assist with development of the final submission and individual consultations with your personal project supervisor.


Project - 50%
Word Length - 8000-10000
Outline Details - Individual Research
Project work relating to a chosen scheme incorporating a series of scenarios typical to construction projects allowing research and response required by the chosen scheme

Diary/Logbook - 25%
Diary for 9 months relating to the required competencies

Presentation - 25%
Presentation and interview relating to the chosen scheme consisting of questions relating the project, general questions and ethical questions

Pass Mark 40%