Research in the Built Environment A

Course code ARBE4121AUnits 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B.

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:
- Conduct a literature search for a research topic; describe and discuss the literature and relate a real world problem to a research problem
- 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
- Evaluate research strategies and justify a selected method for inquiry
Content- 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 is replacing ARBE3101, a stand alone course and is creating a new multi term sequence with part B, formerly ARBE4120
TransitionStudents having completed ARBE3101 will move directly into ARBE4121 Research in the Built Environment B. Students who have previously failed ARBE3101 Reasearch in the Built Environment 1 will need to complete ARBE4121 Part A Reseach in the Built Environment A.
Students who have previously failed ARBE4120 Research in the Built Environment 1 will need to enrol in ARBE4121 Research In the Built Environment B.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
ReportsWritten assignment documenting an annotated bibliography detailing academic sources for a selected research question. The assignment is to be written in an academic and scholarly writing style fully referenced according to disciplines standards.
ReportsWritten assignment documenting a draft preliminary research proposal which describes the rationale, research problem, literature analysis and study timeline. The assignment is to be written in an academic and scholarly writing style fully referenced according to disciplines standards.
ReportsWritten assignment documenting a research plan for a research problem which describes the rationale, research problem, literature analysis, conceptual model and/or interpretive framework, research question, assumptions, proposition, methodology, methods and techniques and limitations. The assignment is to be written in an academic and scholarly writing style fully referenced according to disciplines standards.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Seminar: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Individual Supervision: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Construction Management, Master of Architecture
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ARBE4121A