BLAR14020 - Built Environment Research
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, 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 2 - 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
Prompt contact from lecturer when requested, so works could be progressed or a query answered to allow research and dissertation writing to continue. Unit evaluation Prompt and detailed feedback is vital to the creation of an effective dissertation. Delivery of such feedback will remain a feature of this unit.
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 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 – Relevant communication skills

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

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Assessment 1 Due Friday (21 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Assessment 2 Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 2 – Effective literature reviews and research

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

Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

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

Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

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

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

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

Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 3 – Final dissertation submission

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

Assessment 3 Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

OBJECTIVES

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

TASKS

You are required to propose a research topic with specific research objectives. Specific tasks include:

1. Select a research topic for your dissertation;

2. Clearly explain why you choose this topic and why it is important to industry practice and/or theories of built environment (around 300 words); and

3. Propose at least three research objectives that will be achieved in your dissertation, and explain why you propose these objectives (around 300 words).

You may propose the topic relevant to your industry experience. Selecting a topic which will present novel findings and contribute to the theories of built environment is highly recommended.

You should contact the lecturer via email or Q&A forum to discuss the possible topics before you submit this assignment.

Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (21-Jul-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017)
Weighting 12%
Assessment Criteria

Task item Max. Score Criteria Breakdown
1 3 Select a topic relevant to the areas of Built Environment 3
2 4 Clearly explain why you choose this topic and why it is important to industry practice and/or theories of built environment 4
3 5 Propose at least three research objectives that will be achieved in your dissertation, and explain why you propose these objectives 5
Late submissions will be penalized by 5% per calendar day.
Total 12 12
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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 Assessment 2
Task Description

OBJECTIVES

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

TASKS

You are required to submit a working draft copy of the dissertation as completed at this stage of term. This draft should include:

1. Professional format and clear layout

2. Research background, scope, proposed research problem, specific objectives, research significance and originality

3. Ongoing literature review with comprehensiveness and depth

4. Your research design, data collection method, and data analysis methods

5. Expected outcomes and contributions to practices and theories

6. Citations and references. The majority of references must be academic journal articles. You are recommended to use Endnote Software to insert citations.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Weighting 24%
Assessment Criteria

Task item Max. Score Criteria Breakdown
1 2 Your draft has cover page, page numbers, table of contents, and clear layout 2
2 6 Adequate research background information and a clear research scope 2
Research problem and objectives 2
Research significance and originality 2
3 6 Your literature review is comprehensive and covers the recent relevant research 3
Your literature review can help identify the variables that will be used in data collection 3
4 4 Reasonable research design and data collection method are selected with adequate justification 2
Reasonable data analysis methods are selected with adequate justification 2
5 2 Expected outcomes and contributions to practices and theories 2
6 2 Most of the references should be academic journal articles 2
Late submissions will be penalized by 5% per calendar day.
Total 22 22
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 Assessment 3
Task Description

OBJECTIVES

This assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5.

TASKS

Submit the final dissertation, 10,000-15,000 words long. You should follow the dissertation format strictly, and revise the dissertation based on the feedback your draft in Assessment Item 2. The specific requirements are shown in the marking criteria. (59%)

Provide an approximately 10 minute oral presentation of your final dissertation findings. Your presentation should apply Microsoft Power Point (no more than 15 slides). You will use Zoom online conferencing system available on the Moodle page. More information of the presentation session will be announced in the Moodle page. (5%)

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 64%
Assessment Criteria

Task item Max. Score Criteria Breakdown
1 59 Your dissertation follow the format, with cover page, page numbers, table of contents, numbers of tables and figures, and clear layout. 3
The dissertation clearly presents research background, scope, research problems and objectives, significance and originality. 4
Literature review is comprehensive and refers to relevant journal articles. 5
The variables used in data collection are identified in the literature review. 5
Reasonable research design, data collection methods, and data analysis methods are selected with adequate justification. 6
Data are processed and analyzed using multiple data analysis methods. 8
The analysis results are discussed. Your discussion chapter should discuss the rationale behind the results, compare them with the findings of previous research, and draw practical implications. 12
Conclusions, limitations, and recommendations for future research are clearly explained. 6
Contributions to industry practice and the body of knowledge are convincing and clearly explained. 4
The instruments of data collection are included in the Appendix. 2
Harvard referencing style is used and references are relevant and adequate. 4
2 5 Presentation has a clear structure and covers the main findings of your research. 3
You show effective communication skills in your presentation. 2
Late submissions will be penalized by 5% per calendar day.
Total 64 64
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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