PERM20006 - Research Practice in Permaculture Design
Term 2 - 2017

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In this unit you will learn how to research and critically evaluate aspects of permaculture. You will be introduced to research planning, ethics, qualitative and quantitative methodology, data collection and statistical analysis. While designing your own research project, you will focus on project aims, design and its impact on permaculture theory and practice. You will learn to effectively communicate your permaculture research, enabling engagement and collaboration throughout the research and design process.


Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


PERM20004 Permaculture Design in Practice

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).


Term 2 - 2017


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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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. Apply research questions and research designs to effectively inform and evaluate permaculture design projects
  2. Apply basic knowledge of mixed methods research to permaculture design
  3. Apply relevant ethical and philosophical considerations to permaculture research
  4. Evaluate the appropriateness of different kinds of research strategies and methodology for permaculture research
  5. Develop a permaculture research proposal outlining the rationale for a specific project
  6. Communicate permaculture research aims to effectively encourage and facilitate collaboration and engagement.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge
2. Communication  
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research    
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation  
2 - Written Assessment

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