PERM20006 - Research Practice in Permaculture Design
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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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

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

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 CoordinatorAmie Anastasi (a.anastasi@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

Introduction to research planning

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial

Week 2 13-03-2017

Ethics and risk assessment

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial

Week 3 20-03-2017

Research approaches and philosophies

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial

Week 4 27-03-2017

Literature reviews

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial

Week 5 03-04-2017

Aims, design and impact

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial

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

Research pitches

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial

Week 7 24-04-2017

Qualitative research methods

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial - Presentations

Week 8 01-05-2017

Quantitative research methods

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial - Presentations

Week 9 08-05-2017

Mixed methods research

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial - Presentations

Week 10 15-05-2017

Data collection, analysis and evaluation

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial - Presentations

Week 11 22-05-2017

Scheduling and bringing it all together

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial - Presentations

Week 12 29-05-2017

Advancing permaculture research

See Moodle for readings and activities

Zoom tutorial - Presentations

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

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

Assignment one will consist of a presentation where you will demonstrate how the weekly Research Practice topic relates to your permaculture research proposal.

You will explain your permaculture research proposal in full, with specific detail in relation to the weekly topic.

You will be expected to speak for between 15 and 20 minutes.

You will be required to assign to a topic in Week 1, with presentations commencing after vacation week.

Further detail, including detailed marking criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Various weeks throughout term.
Return Date to Students Students will receive peer assessment feedback on the day of the presentation and final marks and formal assessment comments will be uploaded and returned to students prior to the due date for Assignment Two.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed under three main assessment criteria:

Framework and Approach (20);
Application and Critical Analysis of Research Practice (20);
Presentation (10).

More detail, including break down of these assessment criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit your presentation to Moodle through the Assessment One link by the end of your presentation week.

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

1. Apply research questions and research designs to effectively inform and evaluate permaculture design projects

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

6. Communicate permaculture research aims to effectively encourage and facilitate collaboration and engagement.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Assignment two consists of a written submission of your permaculture research project proposal.

Your research proposal can either be based on the capstone project you submitted at the end of the Graduate Certificate, or be a proposal for a new permaculture research project.

Your assignment should be between 3000-5000 words long.

Further detail, including detailed marking criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After certification of grades.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed under three main assessment criteria:

Framework and Approach (20);
Application and Critical Analysis of Research Practice (20);
Presentation (10).

More detail, including break down of these assessment criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit your assignment to Moodle under the Assessment Two link.

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

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.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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