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ARC8022 : Research Project - Urban Energy

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carlos Calderon
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0


To develop student’s personal skills at undertaking investigative work of an original kind, the ability to produce a high quality research dissertation

To provide the student with experience in research process and methodology by defining and studying a problem related to Urban Energy.

Outline Of Syllabus

To introduce students to the research process and to prepare them for their research project

The form of supervision will be agreed between module leader, student and identified potential supervisor.

Semester 2 and Semester 3

Following on from the production of a research proposal in Semester 1, during Semester 2 and Semester 3, students undertake the main development work for their project and produce their final dissertation. They are also required to produce a Website about their project and demonstrate what they have achieved

The project may be carried out within the School; in UK industry; at partner institutions under the ERASMUS scheme or other international institutions where we have exchange programmes, including Singapore and Australia.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1105:00550:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyProject work31:003:00Write up dissertation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1275:00635:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:0050% PIP or online if more convenient to students.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The student and module leader should select a member of staff as a suitable supervisor for the intended project who will help establish the scope and focus of the project.

The student should formally agree with the selected member of academic staff that they will act as their supervisor. The supervisor needs to sign both the initial project specification and literature review & project plan to confirm that they are willing to so.

The supervisor is also responsible for helping the student with all matters relating to the project and is the primary point of contact for all technical and project management issues.
Students are responsible for maintaining regular contact with their selected supervisors and to maintain a written record of their meetings that is subsequently appended to for the final report.

The project must in all cases be submitted by the stated date.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper3A95A journal style paper (e.g. Energy Policy) with appropriate annexes to demonstrate the work. Approx length 6000-9000 words.
Design/Creative proj3A5Design a website to publish research.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmntMEthics Form
Design/Creative projMDemonstration of reproducibility
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MA presentation with a script, a formative grade mark will be given.
Research paper2MA presentation with a script . A formative grade mark will be given.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As a practical module, it will assess the students’ ability to understand Urban Energy’s principles, theories, and practicalities in a holistically and thematically way. Students will present results of their own practical work, and to draw conclusions from this work

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