BLAR14020 - Built Environment Research
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, solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement, write concisely a dissertation and deliver confidently a community presentation. The unit will give you an opportunity to develop your personal and interpersonal skills and use different communication modes. Note: Prior to the commencement of term and before an enrolment can be accepted, you must confirm with the unit coordinator that you have completed the prerequisite research planning unit, that the research remains viable and an academic supervisor is available. Students who have successfully completed BLCN13021 or BLSV14015 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: BLAR14019 Built Environment Research Plan or Condition: Successfully completed 144 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. Practical Assessment 12%
2. Written Assessment 24%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 64%

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
The best aspects of the course was having constant contact with my lecturer. He was readily available and provided a lot of support and useful advice. Course evaluation. Significant lecturer engagement will remain a central feature of this course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement.
  2. Use accepted standards of scholarship to write a concise dissertation.
  3. Prepare and deliver a community presentation.
  4. Demonstrate professional practice skills.
  5. Employ effective modes of communication.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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 CoordinatorDarryl O'Brien (d.obrien@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 – Relevant communication skills

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Practical Assessment Due Friday (10 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Written Assessment Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information

Presentation and Written Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

This assessment relates to unit learning outcomes 3, 4, 5 and 6. Assessment task 1 will require you to contact the unit lecturer during week 1 to propose a research topic, and arrange a regular time and communication medium to discuss the ongoing progress of the final dissertation. It is envisaged that the nominated time will carry forward on a regular basis for the duration of the term.

Assessment Due Date Week 1 Friday (10-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Students to contact lecturer (email) to propose a reseacrh topic, and discuss suitable contact schedule with the lecturer
Return Date to Students Week 2 Friday (17-Mar-2017)
Lecturer to confirm agreed contact schedule with students
Weighting 12%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed on the following basis:

Maintaining regular contact with unit lecturer at agreed times

Demonstrating substantive dissertation progress based upon previous lecturer feedback
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
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 Visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Note: participation in and submission of all required assessment tasks is a necessary prerequisite for successful unit completion.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Lecturer will advise student of dissertation progress at the end of each scheduled discussion

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

1. Solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement.

4. Demonstrate professional practice skills.

5. Employ effective 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



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment relates to unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Assessment task 2 will require you to submit a working draft of your dissertation document as completed at this stage of the term. This draft should contain your research background, scope, proposed research problem, objective, methodology, ongoing literature review, and expected outcomes and contributions.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 24%
Assessment Criteria

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

The length of this assignment is determined by illustrations, discussions and tables as required, consequently there is not prescribed word limit for this assessment task.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document

All submissions must be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Note: that all submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin)

You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Note: participation in and submission of all required assessment tasks is a necessary prerequisite for successful unit completion.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Note: you will find further support material for this assignment on the Moodle site for this unit

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

1. Solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement.

2. Use accepted standards of scholarship to write a concise dissertation.

4. Demonstrate professional practice skills.

5. Employ effective 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 Presentation and Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment relates to unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Assessment task 3 comprises 2 parts. Assessment 3, Part 1 will require you to submit your final dissertation document. You must follow a dissertation format strictly.

Assessment 3, Part 2 will require you to present a concise online presentation of your key dissertation findings to the unit lecturer and students. The due date for assessment 3, Part 2 will be during the exam week that immediately follows Week 12. Please note that the specific dates for this activity will be advised during the unit of the term.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Details of the time and date of the online presentation will be provided to students during the term
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
21 Oct 2016
Weighting 64%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
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 visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Note: participation in and submission of all required assessment tasks is a necessary prerequisite for successful unit completion.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement.

2. Use accepted standards of scholarship to write a concise dissertation.

3. Prepare and deliver a community presentation.

4. Demonstrate professional practice skills.

5. Employ effective 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




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