Postgraduate Course: Dissertation [M.Sc in Architectural Project Management] (Distance Learning) (ARCH11017)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The principal intention of your dissertation study is to provide you with an opportunity to investigate a research topic to a greater extent, in written form, than has been possible so far in MSc Architectural Project Management.
A dissertation is more than just a description of gathered research material. The best dissertations use your newly acquired knowledge of a topic to make distinctive and incisive contributions to debates and discourses in your chosen field.
The Dissertation involves the skills of working within the realm of academic research methodology, the gathering of information. You are taught how to develop these ideas in a mature and independent manner, and present them in a well-written and structured format.
You can choose any dissertation topic related to the courses:
Design, Value and Architecture
Architecture and Sustainability
Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation.
You can base your research around curriculum in the programme or from your own professional and academic experience.
You are encouraged to use your dissertation study to gain expertise in a particular field that will be valuable in your future professional or academic career.
The course is taught online and you work with a dissertation supervisor to develop your work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| not applicable
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 2,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course is largely research-based, and you are asked to write a thesis text no greater than 15 000 words.
The dissertation submission addresses all the learning outcomes of the course.
||Formative feedback is given to you during the course to help you understand the learning material and assist you in the assignments we ask you to do.
You will receive written formative feedback at the following points:
1. Submission of the research question
2. Submission of the dissertation plan
In addition, you can expect no less than four online meetings as formative feedback sessions with your tutor.
Summative feedback is given on the finished dissertation that advises you how well you have performed in terms of the aims and objectives of the course.
|No Exam Information
| The ability to research in depth a particular subject area.
To critically assess and synthesise primary and secondary sources.
The ability to utilise accepted academic methodologies in the preparation and presentation of the dissertation.
|Linda Groat and David Wang: Architectural Research Methods|
John Biggam: Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation. A Step-By-Step Handbook
David McCandless: Information is Beautiful
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Demonstrate critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to design, the built environment and construction;
Show skill in researching and critically assessing aspects of the built environment as a cultural, economic and environmental phenomenon;
Acquire skills in the assembly, interpretation of research questions into coherent and cogent academic texts;
Display understanding in the collection of research information and techniques in communicating the proper attribution of others¿ work.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Not applicable - course taught by distance learning
|Course organiser||Mr John Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2324
|Course secretary||Miss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773