Dissertation - ARCH8970

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Year 7 60 (30) Samer Bagaeen checkmark-circle


This module will have a taught lecture and seminar format. Traditional and innovative approaches to building procurement, including traditional, design-build and management contracts as found in standard and bespoke agreements, will be presented in lectures and analysed in seminars, with reference to both generic scenarios and situations based on the students' individual prior experience of professional practice.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 15
Private Study Hours: 135
Total Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

Dissertation (100%) (10,000 words)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Forward, F (2018) Architect's Guide to NEC4, London, RIBA Publishing
Lupton, S (2016) Guide to JCT Standard Building Contract, London, RIBA Publishing
Lupton, S (2016) Guide to JCT Intermediate Building Contract, London, RIBA Publishing
Lupton, S (2016) Guide to JCT Minor Works Building Contract, London, RIBA Publishing
Lupton, S (2018) Guide to RIBA Building Contracts, London, RIBA Publishing
Stellakis, M & Lupton, S (2019) Which Contract (6th Edition), London, RIBA Publishing

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Design, conceptualise and write a significant individual investigative work, in-depth reading and critical discussion of appropriate key literature at the forefront of the
chosen specialism;
2 Plan, organise and rigorously execute research using appropriate methods, an investigation of a significant issue relevant to the degree programme with a minimum of
external guidance;
3 Organise and carry out appropriate and effective data collection (with due regard for safety and risk assessment), analysis and interpretation using appropriate statistical,
textural or other types of techniques;
4 Communicate appropriate ideas, results and conclusions in the form of a written dissertation or research project, with a high standard of presentation, in a logical,
persuasive and readily understandable manner;
5 Demonstrate the ability to select, apply and evaluate suitable research approaches and techniques

The above learning outcomes are cross-referenced where appropriate to the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) criteria for Part 3 of UK architectural qualifications (PC5). A more detailed mapping of the ARB/RIBA sub-criteria (PC5.1, PC5.2, PC5.3 etc) is provided in a schedule of teaching and assessment.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Undertake independent and original research in the relevant field of study and formulate reasoned and critical arguments.
2 Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or sometimes contradictory areas of theory.
3 Develop their ability to construct and evaluate arguments.
4 Reflect on their own learning, planned their use of time, and identified appropriate directions for further study, encouraged by the individual supervisor.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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