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SEEM 551 MSc Research Project in Structural Engineering
Department: MSc Structural Engineering
Module Description: In this module the student will undertake a short research project. The student will focus on applying the knowledge learnt from the projects submitted in the previous modules. This project would be an extension to one or more projects submitted in previous modules. Either way the student will reflect on all his research activities in the previous modules and try to incorporate in this project including critical review of previous outcomes to be used to prepare a proposal for new research project. The student will focus on applying the knowledge learnt in several modules to analyse, revise, improve and assess a relevant topic. This could include topics on Concrete Design, Prestressed Concrete Design, Steel Design, Inspection, Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures, or Concrete Durability. Or any other relevant built environment topic as long as it is approved by the module tutor. The student will produce an industry type report, including an executive summary and a detailed report, plus give a presentation explaining and defending the steps undertaken during the project. The jury for the presentation will include one or more jurors from the relevant industry who will take part in the assessment of the presentation as well. This module will run over two consecutive terms in order to give the student enough time to properly research, document, propose and assess their selected topic of the project.
The research project module will be delivered in a different way than other modules. It will rely on independent study by the student/s. there will however be a class activity for all students. The module will start in the first week in a class attended by all students where they will be exposed to the concept of the project, outline and scope, requirements and deadlines. Students will be working individually or in a group of three at most. When working in groups, a clear and precise definition of tasks will have to be agreed upon before the start work. Students will come up with a topic to be approved in week 3 after presentations in class.
The final report will include reflective self-study of student/s previous independent work at BUiD followed by previous work which the student/s are going to build upon and the new genuine contribution.
There is no single main textbook for this module. You are expected to read from a variety of relevant research journals and books (including those shown below). The use of electronic resources is essential.
- Booth, V. (1993). Communicating in science: writing a scientific paper and speaking at scientific meetings. Cambridge University Press.
- Gomm, R., Hammersley, M. and Foster, P. (2002). Case study methods. Sage Publications.
- Groat, L. and Wang, D. (2002). Architectural research methods. John Wiley.
- Sharp, J. and Howard, K. (2002). The management of a student research project. Aldershot.
- Turabian, K. (2018). A manual for writers of research papers, theses and dissertations. 9th edn. University of Chicago Press.