BLAR14019 - Built Environment Research Plan
Term 2 - 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 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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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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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
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 CoordinatorBill Zhao (b.zhao@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 10-07-2017

Topic 1. Introduction to academic research

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 17-07-2017

Topic 1. Introduction to academic research

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 24-07-2017

Topic 2. Research Design

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 31-07-2017

Topic 2. Research Design

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 5 07-08-2017

Topic 3. Data collection method

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.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017 Topic 4. Statistical data analysis

Topic 4: Statistical 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.
Assessment 1 Due Monday (21 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 4: Statistical 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 8 04-09-2017

Topic 4: Statistical data analysis-exercise example

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 9 11-09-2017

Topic 5. Qualitative 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 18-09-2017

Topic 5. Qualitative 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 11 25-09-2017

Topic 6. Writing a Research Report Put it all together

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 Due Wednesday (27 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 6. Writing a Research Report Put it all together

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 09-10-2017
Assessment 3 Due Tuesday (10 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

OBJECTIVES

This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Note: Assessment item should be submitted online via “Assessment” in the course Moodle site. Only ONE file (doc, docx) can be submitted.

TASKS

The Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things defined the Internet of Things (IoT) as "the infrastructure of the information society." The IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention.

You are invited to prepare a report on how IoT impacts architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The specific tasks include:

1. Refer to relevant literatures (including books, journal articles, and conference proceedings), refer to them and use the Harvard style referencing technique (4%);

2. Explain the potential benefits of IoT to the AEC industry (5%);

3. Identify and explain four possible applications of IoT in the AEC industry (8%);

4. Discuss how these four applications of IoT impact the AEC industry (8%)

5. Identify and explain potential barriers to adopting IoT technologies in the AEC industry (5%).

Note: You should refer to reliable literatures, which should be books, journal articles, and conference proceedings. If you refer to only websites, you will lose many marks. The overall length of the report should be around 2,500 words, excluding references. There is no word limit to each specific task.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (04-Sep-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Task item Max. Score Criteria Breakdown
1 4 Refer to books, journal articles, and conference proceedings 3
Use the Harvard referencing technique 1
2 5 Explain the potential benefits of IoT to the AEC industry 5
3 8 Identify and explain four possible applications of IoT in the AEC industry 8
4 8 Discuss how these four applications of IoT impact the AEC industry 8
5 5 Identify and explain potential barriers to adopting IoT technologies in the AEC industry 4
Late submissions will be penalized by 5% per calendar day.
Total 30 30
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
Task Description

OBJECTIVES

This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes 1 and 3.

Note: Assessment item should be submitted online via “Assessment” in the course Moodle site. Only ONE file (doc, docx) can be submitted.

TASKS

Time and cost overruns have been a common problem in the construction industry. So, industry practitioners would like to know what result in time and cost overruns. A research project will be performed to achieve the following objectives:

(i) identify the critical factors that cause time and cost overruns in Australian building projects;

(ii) identify the project player that contributed most to time and cost overruns in Australian building projects; and

(iii) develop strategies to mitigate time and cost overruns in Australian building projects.

Now, please prepare a report to show how you will design this research to achieve the above three objectives. Your specific tasks include:

1. Describe how you will identify a comprehensive set of the factors that possibly cause time and cost overruns (5%);

2. Elaborate how you will design the research to achieve the three objectives, how you will collect data, and why you will choose these methods (14%);

3. Elaborate how you will analyze data and why you will choose these methods (8%); and

4. Show the possible limitations of your research design (3%).

In your report, you should describe the details of your research design. In Tasks 2 and 3, the data collection and analysis methods should be rigorous and comprehensive enough to achieve the research objectives. The overall word limit is 2500 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Wednesday (27-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Task item Max. Score Criteria Breakdown
1 5 Clearly describe a method to identify a comprehensive set of causes of time and cost overruns. 3
Your method is reasonable and rigorous. 2
2 14 Clearly describe how you will measure the causal factors (i.e. data collection instrument). 5
Clearly describe how you will collect data, including the population and your detailed sampling method. 6
Clearly explain why you choose the data collection methods. 3
3 8 Choose appropriate qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods. 4
Clearly explain why you choose these data analysis methods. 4
4 3 Identify potential limitations of your research plan. 3
Late submissions will be penalized by 5% per calendar day.
Total 30 30
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
Task Description

OBJECTIVES

This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes 3, 4 and 5.

Note: Assessment item should be submitted online via “Assessment” in the course Moodle site. Only ONE file (doc, docx) can be submitted.

TASKS

A research group is now investigating the factors influencing construction productivity in Australia. The researchers have conducted a questionnaire survey with 33 professionals from 33 different construction projects. In the literature review, the researchers identified five factors that may influence construction productivity in Australia:

A: Design errors;

B: Coordination problems on site;

C: Rework;

D: Change of work scope;

E: Insufficient knowledge and skills of workers

In the survey, the respondents were asked to rate the influence of these five factors using a five-point scale (1=very low; 2=low; 3=neutral; 4=high; 5= very high). The data set is included in the appendix. In this study, the data are assumed to be interval data and normally distributed. The significance level is determined at 5% in this research.

Your specific tasks include:

1. Select an appropriate data analysis method and identify which factor(s) can significantly influence construction productivity. (4%)

2. Select an appropriate data analysis method and identify which factors are significantly correlated? (4%)

3. Ten of the respondents were from large-scaled projects, eleven were from medium-scaled projects, and twelve were from small-scaled projects. Select an appropriate data analysis method and identify which factor(s) received significantly different scores among large, medium and small projects. (12%)

4. The researchers have collected the productivity data (m2/man-day) before and after the application of BIM in the 33 surveyed projects. Select an appropriate data analysis method and check whether BIM is effective in improving construction productivity. (4%)

5. Please identify four limitations of this research. (8%)

6. Discuss what analysis methods could be used to analyze the cause-and-effect relationships between the factors. (8%)

Note: In your answers to the above questions, you should include the data analysis results from SPSS. Tabulated results are highly recommended. Showing only the name of factors in your answers without any data analysis results is not acceptable, and will make you get zero.

APPENDIX: DATASET OF THIS RESEARCH

Response Project scale Factors BIM adoption
A B C D E Before After
1 Large 5 1 3 5 4 0.375 0.450
2 Large 5 1 3 2 5 0.380 0.455
3 Large 5 5 4 2 2 0.381 0.439
4 Large 5 3 5 5 4 0.384 0.441
5 Large 5 1 3 4 5 0.389 0.449
6 Large 5 5 3 5 5 0.395 0.459
7 Large 5 5 3 5 5 0.306 0.498
8 Large 4 5 3 5 5 0.317 0.505
9 Large 5 4 4 4 4 0.319 0.495
10 Large 4 5 1 2 4 0.321 0.401
11 Medium 4 5 2 3 4 0.326 0.408
12 Medium 5 5 4 3 4 0.331 0.413
13 Medium 5 2 4 5 4 0.331 0.350
14 Medium 5 2 5 4 5 0.330 0.340
15 Medium 3 4 4 4 4 0.328 0.330
16 Medium 2 5 3 4 5 0.330 0.340
17 Medium 3 3 3 5 5 0.335 0.340
18 Medium 2 4 3 4 3 0.341 0.361
19 Medium 4 3 3 3 3 0.336 0.350
20 Medium 4 5 4 4 4 0.337 0.340
21 Medium 1 4 4 5 5 0.319 0.336
22 Small 1 2 3 4 4 0.342 0.350
23 Small 4 3 3 2 3 0.344 0.350
24 Small 2 3 3 5 3 0.348 0.352
25 Small 1 4 4 4 5 0.306 0.342
26 Small 5 5 4 5 5 0.317 0.344
27 Small 2 2 4 4 5 0.319 0.348
28 Small 4 4 4 2 4 0.321 0.341
29 Small 2 2 2 2 5 0.306 0.320
30 Small 3 1 4 4 5 0.317 0.348
31 Small 3 1 4 4 5 0.320 0.325
32 Small 3 1 4 2 5 0.330 0.335
33 Small 3 1 4 3 5 0.342 0.351

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Tuesday (10-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Task No. Max. Score Criteria Breakdown
1 4 Select an appropriate data analysis method 2
Data analysis results are correct 2
2 4 Select an appropriate data analysis method 2
Data analysis results are correct 2
3 12 Select an appropriate data analysis method 4
Data analysis results are correct 4
Correctly interpret the results 4
4 4 Select an appropriate data analysis method 2
Data analysis results are correct 3
5 8 Correctly identify four research limitations (2 for each limitation) 8
6 8 Identify the methods to analyze the cause-and-effect relationships between the factors 3
Justify the use of the methods 5
Late submissions will be penalized by 5% per calendar day.
Total 40 40
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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