Research in the Built Environment B

20 Units

This course is Part B of a multi-term sequence. Part A, ARBE4121A Research in the Built Environment A must be completed prior to commencement of this course to meet the requirements of the sequence. 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 management and economics practice, theory and methodologies and justify a theoretical and methodological approach to investigating the question.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Distance Education - Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (BCA Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Distance Education - Callaghan)

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Plan and conduct an independent research investigation according to the academic conventions of the built environment disciplines through interaction with a supervisor

  • 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

  • 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.


Student - 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) ARBE4120 Research in the Built Environment B
Transition Students having completed ARBE3101 will move directly into ARBE4121 Research in the Built Environment B. Students who have previously failed ARBE3101 Research in the Built Environment 1 will need to complete ARBE4121 Part A Research in the Built Environment A. Students who have previously failed ARBE4120 Research in the Built Environment 1 will need to enroll in ARBE4121 Research In the Built Environment B.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge ARBE3101 & ARBE4121A
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Written 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 dissertation/thesis argument.
  • Other: (please specify) - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION WITH AUDIO RECORDING– a visual and audio presentation of the research involved in the dissertation/thesis. The content of this presentation should include a title, an introduction, the research question/s a clear explanation of the research gap, the literature, the key argument/s; the methodology and expected results
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
  • Individual Supervision: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Construction Management (Building).
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ARBE4121B

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