Research in the Built Environment A

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (BCA Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Distance Education - Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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
Multi-Term Sequence
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Architecture or Bachelor of Construction Management (Building)(Honours) programs.
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE4120. Students who have successfully completed ARBE4120 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE4121A.
Assessment Items
  • Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography
  • Proposal / Plan: Research Project Plan
  • Report: Written report
Contact Hours
  • Individual Supervision: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
  • Seminar: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Weeks (Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ARBE4121A

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