BLAR14019 - Built Environment Research Plan
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will work and learn autonomously, demonstrate professional capabilities expected of a graduating industry practitioner, formulate and adhere to a research plan, communicate progress, and prepare interim reports and presentations. You will define and scope a research topic by applying detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assessing safety and risk factors, preparing a feasible plan and drafting an implementation schedule. The unit will give you an opportunity to develop your personal and interpersonal skills and use effectively different modes of communication. Note: Prior to the commencement of term and before an enrolment can be accepted, you must confirm with the unit coordinator that you have identified a suitable research interest and an academic supervisor is available. Students who have successfully completed BLCN14036 or BLSV14012 should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite Condition: Successfully completed 126 units of credits in the Building Surveying (Honours) or Construction Management (Honours) course.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Potentially more direction in the assessments Course evaluation More detailed assessment guidelines will be provided
The timely and comprehensive response to assessments is good Course evaluation Will continue this
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Formulate and operate a research plan.
  2. Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  3. Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  4. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  5. Use effectively different modes of communication.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Architectural research methods
Author/s: Groat, LN & Wang, D Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd edn Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
City: Southern Gate State: Chichester
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • SPSS software
  • Nvivo software
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNeda Abbasi (n.abbasi@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Topic 1. Introduction to Research Methodology and Methods of Knowing

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2. Literature Reviews and Annotated Bibliographies

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 3. The Research Process: from ideas to results

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 4. Research Design and Strategies

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Assessment 1: Teamwork Research Due Monday (27 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 4. Research Design and Strategies (continues)

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Team presentation of Assessment 1

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Topic 5. Data Collection Methods Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 5. Data Collection Methods (continues)

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 6. Research Ethics and Sampling Strategies

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Assessment 2: Research Plan Outline Due Monday (01 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 7. Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 7. Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis (continues)

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 8. Writing a Research Report for Publication

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 8. Writing a Research Report for Publication (continues)

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Assessment 3: Research Report Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1: Teamwork Research
Task Description

This assessment involves a teamwork research on a topic in built environment disciplines. Teamwork collaboration will be necessary to satisfactorily achieve the learning outcomes. You will be required to deliver a team presentation of the findings and submit an individual written report. This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes 3 and 4. The task will address Topics 1 and 2 of the Study Guide.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (27-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will address the following attributes:

  • Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues;
  • Demonstration of an understanding of all issues raised in the study guide;
  • Use of quality supporting documentation;
  • Use of original thought and content;
  • Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other graphics; and
  • Demonstration and application of core knowledge.

Your assessment should be produced in electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions.

Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report.

You must ensure that the submission is your own and that any cited work has been correctly referenced as per the CQU requirements.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Formulate and operate a research plan.

2. Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.

3. Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.

4. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

5. Use effectively different modes of communication.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2: Research Plan Outline
Task Description

This assessment involves developing a research plan outline for a topic that you choose from the built environment disciplines. This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes 1, 2, and 5. The task will address Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Study Guide.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will address the following attributes:

  • Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues;
  • Demonstration of an understanding of all issues raised in the study guide;
  • Use of quality supporting documentation;
  • Use of original thought and content;
  • Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other graphics; and
  • Demonstration and application of core knowledge.

Your assessment should be produced in electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions.

Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report.

You must ensure that the submission is your own and that any cited work has been correctly referenced as per the CQU requirements.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Formulate and operate a research plan.

2. Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.

3. Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.

4. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

5. Use effectively different modes of communication.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3: Research Report
Task Description

This assessment involves writing an APA-style research report based on the research plan outline that you developed in the previous assessment. This assessment relates to the unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The task will address Topics 1-8 of the Study Guide.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After certification of grades or within two weeks of submission, whichever occurs later.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will address the following attributes:

  • Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues;
  • Demonstration of an understanding of all issues raised in the study guide;
  • Use of quality supporting documentation;
  • Use of original thought and content;
  • Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other graphics; and
  • Demonstration and application of core knowledge.

Your assessment should be produced in electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions.

Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report.

You must ensure that the submission is your own and that any cited work has been correctly referenced as per the CQU requirements.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the unit Moodle site for specific details regarding the online submission criteria

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Formulate and operate a research plan.

2. Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.

3. Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.

4. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

5. Use effectively different modes of communication.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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