Research in the Built Environment A


This course examines philosophical, theoretical, ethical and methodological 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 and develop research problems through the critical and creative analysis of either architectural or construction management and economics theory and methodologies and justify a theoretical and methodological approach to investigate the problem.


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2015


  • Semester 1 - 2015

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Conduct a literature search for a research topic; describe and discuss the literature and relate a real world problem to a research problem;

2. Critically analyse literature and synthesise literary arguments to construct a logical and creative response to a research problem in the form of a research model or an interpretive investigative framework; and

3. Evaluate research strategies and justify a selected method for inquiry.


  • Introduction to Research and the Research Process
  • Topic Definition and Literature reviews
  • Logic & Literature searching
  • Research reading and management
  • Models and Interpretive Frameworks Research Questions
  • Research Design
  • Logical Argumentation, Positivist and Post Positivist Strategies
  • Argument and Evidence
  • Words & Numbers 1: Quantitative Data Collection & Analysis
  • Words & Numbers 2: Qualitative Data Analysis & Analysis
  • Power, Ethics and Truth & Ethics Applications
  • Scholarly Writing

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE4120. Students who have successfully completed ARBE4120 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE4121A.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Architecture or Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)(Honours) programs.

Assessment Items

Annotated Bibliography: Abstract

Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography

Proposal / Plan: Research Project Plan

Contact Hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.