PROD²UCT: an outcome-oriented dissertation study model for construction engineering students

Holt, Gary D. and Goulding, Jack (2017) PROD²UCT: an outcome-oriented dissertation study model for construction engineering students. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 15 (1). pp. 104-117. ISSN 1726-0531

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This paper presents and describes an outcome-oriented dissertation study model called "PROD²UCT", designed explicitly for students engaged in construction engineering and related subjects research.

The model is grounded in theory, underpinned by extant literature and reinforced with professional domain expertise.

PROD²UCT identifies seven key stages in outcome-oriented dissertation study: pick, recognise, organise, document and draft, undertake, consolidate and tell. These are described along with practical considerations for their effective implementation.

Research limitations/implications:
The model’s primary influences stem from “best practice”, experiential knowledge, pedagogical ideals and academic views/values. Given this, it is acknowledged that “representation” and “inference” are typically governed by “subjectivity” (which naturally differs from person-to-person).

Originality is threefold: PROD²UCT encourages students to consider the “end” before the “beginning”; it serves as a road-map offering guidance at seven key chronological stages; finally, it is specifically designed to be outcome-oriented. The latter requires intended dissertation outcomes to align with evidence, research design decisions and implementation methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction, Methodology, Learning, Research, Students, Dissertation
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 11:39
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 11:39

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