Honours Project/Dissertation


Undertake an individual in-depth study of a relevant specialised aspect of civil engineering, provide a report and deliver a presentation.


The aim of this Module is to: 1) Provide students with the opportunity to undertake an individual in-depth study. 2) Enable students to further develop their skills of evaluation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving. 3) Enable students to further develop their communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Design, execute, report and defend a piece of original research.

Indicative Content

1 The Project Topic:

Projects may be based on any aspect of technical operations, management, economics, environmental or social impact of the construction industry. Projects may involve: an experimental investigation; a dissertation involving a survey, collation and critique of collected information; the proving of computer software for the solution of analytical problems.

2 Vetting Procedures:

All project topics will be vetted by the Project Module Tutor to ensure that as far as possible they represent a uniform level of demand on students.

3 Supervision:

Each student will be supervised by a member of academic staff who will assist and guide the student in carrying out the project and monitor progress. A second member of staff will act as second marker for the final written report.

4 Progress and feedback:

A reference point for progress and feedback during semester 1 - an interim report covering the background to the project, the aims and objectives, research. Feedback on student's plan for their interim reports will be provided during the Semester 1 structured feedback week. methodology, and a resume of research to date, including appropriate initial literature review

5 Oral Presentation:

A practice oral presentation of the work carried out to that point will be held during the structured feedback week of semester 2 at which students will report to supervising staff and their fellow students on their progress. This is only a formative assessment.

6 Report

Each student must submit a final written report on their chosen subject, prepared in accordance with the University's regulations for the submission of theses and present themselves for a final oral assessment.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Tutorial / Seminar will be used to initiate discussion on requirements, research skills and methods, and detailed supervisor's feedback. The project is for high student involvement and high-level work. Blackboard course is also used to engage students in discussion, goal-setting activities, action plan development, and reflection. Exercises will consist of writing reports on work based on extensive research, and defending the project work. There are elements of formative assessment throughout the learning process, including feedback on individual presentations, interim report plan, and interim report. Some of the project work involves networking with people to obtain relevant information. All projects engage students in high-level research skills, including collecting, analysing, and synthesising information.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 40
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 115
Independent 245

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.