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

Holt, Gary David; and Goulding, Jack Steven (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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Purpose: To present an outcome-oriented dissertation study model called ‘PROD2UCT’, designed for students engaged in construction engineering and related subjects research. Design: The model is grounded in theory, extant literature, and professional domain expertise. Findings: PROD2UCT identifies seven key stages in outcome-oriented dissertation study. These are: Pick, Recognise, Organise, Document and Draft, Undertake, Consolidate, and Tell. The stages are explained with practical considerations for their effective implementation. Research limitations: The model’s primary influences stem from ‘best practice’, experiential knowledge, pedagogical ideals and academic views. Given this, ‘representation’ and ‘inference’ are governed by ‘subjectivity’, which naturally differs from person-to-person. Originality: 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; and is outcome-oriented. The latter requires intended dissertation outcomes to align with evidence, research design decisions, and implementation methods.

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