Research Paper


One Semester or equivalent


UG: CVE40008 or ENG40001
PG: 50 credit points including ICT80011 Research Methods



Contact hours
36 Hours

Credit Points

Aims and learning outcomes

This unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake a minor research investigation on any Civil or Construction Engineering related topic and prepare a research paper having potential to be published in peer-reviewed conferences or journals.

Unit information

Unit Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Appreciate and apply the processes involved in conducting research
  2. Manage a minor project and complete the task satisfactorily considering available time and resources
  3. Appraise current literature and identify research gaps
  4. Discuss and interpret research findings through preparation of a written report and oral presentation


  • Students may select a project from a list prepared by academic staff
  • Students are generally expected to conduct literature review critically to define and formulate research questions/ problems and to systematically develop and justify answers/ solutions/recommendations mainly based on the analysis of the existing literature/ data
  • Some topics may partially involve data collection, computer/ numerical modelling and/ or limited experiments depending on the nature of the topic
  • Projects are undertaken under supervision of staff members and total student time spent on the project is expected to be a minimum of 150-165 hours (including contact hours or online activities)
  • Students are required to contact academic staff for confirmation of supervision and research on convenor-approved topics.