Research in the Built Environment 2

Course code ARBE4120Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

Provides the students with the opportunity to consider the philosophical, theoretical, ethical, methodological and analytical concepts and processes associated with academic research activities within the built environment disciplines related to the practice of architecture and construction management. Students are given the opportunity to define, articulate, develop, evaluate, investigate, conduct, document a self-identified research question through the critical and creative analysis of either architectural or construction maanagement and economics practice, theory and methodologies and justify a theoretical and methodological approach to investigating the question.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Plan and conduct an independent research investigation according to the academic conventions of the built environment disciplines through interaction with a supervisor.

2. Evaluate and articulate the ethical responsibilities associated with integrity in the production of knowledge and design a research project that responds to cultural, credibility, reliability, confidentiality, power, truth and authenticity constructs associated with the research process.

3. Defend creatively and logically through the development and documentation of a fully integrated graphic and textual dissertation the analysis and discussion of each stage of the research process of a selected built environment topic.
ContentStudent - supervisor relationships
Research project management
Ethical Research
Data collection
Data analysis
Data management
Argument & Evidence
Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Writing
Research Writing
Report Production and Presentation
Research in practice
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeARBE3101
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment documenting rationale, research problem definition, literature analysis, conceptual model and/or interpretive framework, research question, assumptions, proposition/hypothesis, methodology, methods and techniques, limitations, results, discussion and conclusion. The assignment is to be written in an academic and scholarly writing style fully referenced according to discipline's standards and integrated fully with graphics to explain creatively and logically the thesis argument.
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment documenting the data/information collection and analysis techniques which will be used and a discussion on the ethical responsibilities associated with the production of knowledge in relation to the project. If primary data is to be collected this will include an Ethics Application. If non empirical methods are used this will include a discussion on relevant information sources and techniques to analyse the information.
Other: (please specify)Activities/Written Assignment - completion of a set of activities associated with the research process, and a description of the self assessment of own study needs and establishment of a program of study to manage own research project.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Construction Management (Building).
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ARBE4120