CQUniversity Unit Profile
BLAR14019 Built Environment Research Plan
Built Environment Research Plan
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will work and learn autonomously, demonstrate professional capabilities expected of a graduating industry practitioner, formulate and adhere to a research plan, communicate progress, and prepare interim reports and presentations. You will define and scope a research topic by applying detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assessing safety and risk factors, preparing a feasible plan and drafting an implementation schedule. The unit will give you an opportunity to develop your personal and interpersonal skills and use effectively different modes of communication. Note: Prior to the commencement of term and before an enrolment can be accepted, you must confirm with the unit coordinator that you have identified a suitable research interest and an academic supervisor is available. Students who have successfully completed BLCN14036 or BLSV14012 should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite Condition: Successfully completed 126 units of credits in the Building Surveying (Honours) or Construction Management (Honours) course.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Presentation and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from 'Have Your Say'

Feedback

Overlapping of assessments was found to be confusing.

Recommendation

Assessments will be revised to ensure clarity of the parts within and assessment information will detail how tasks differ.

Feedback from 'Have you Say'

Feedback

Inconsistencies between assessments and the unit profile exist.

Recommendation

The assignment will be amended to ensure they accurately reflect the information in the unit profile.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Formulate and operate a research plan.
  2. Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  3. Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  4. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  5. Use effectively different modes of communication.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Headphones or speaker, a microphone
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ronald Webber Unit Coordinator
r.webber@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 1. Introduction to academic research

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 1. Introduction to academic research

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 2. Research Design

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 2. Research Design

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 3. Data collection method

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 4. Statistical data analysis

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 due on 21 Aug


Literature Review Due: Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 4. Statistical data analysis

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 4: Statistical data analysis-exercise example

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 5. Qualitative data analysis

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 5. Qualitative data analysis

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Professional Research Report Due: Week 10 Friday (25 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 6. Writing a research report - putting it all together

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 due on 25 Sep

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 6. Writing a research report - putting it all together

Chapter

Refer to the Study Guide available from the first week of the term. Check additional weekly resources and recorded lecture uploaded in the Moodle site of the unit under the section for every week.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

No set topics

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 3 due on 9 Oct


Research report - data analysis Due: Review/Exam Week Tuesday (13 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

No set topics

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Literature Review

Task Description

The question will be available in week one via the Moodle site. It will be a 3,000-word literature review on a subject of your own choice as agreed with the lecturer. Assessment assignment 30%


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit via turnitin in the course Moodle site as a PDF or Word document


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (11 Sep 2020)

Results and feedback available via the course Moodle site plus feedback will be emailed to each student


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will assess your ability to:
  • Formulate and operate a research plan.
  • Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  • Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively different modes of communication.








Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via turnitin in the course Moodle site as a PDF or Word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate and operate a research plan.
  • Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  • Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively different modes of communication.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Professional Research Report

Task Description

The question will be available in week one via the Moodle site. It will be a 3,000-word Research methodology on the subject from assignment 1 agreed with the lecturer .Assessment assignment 30%


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (25 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit via turnitin in the course Moodle site as a PDF or Word document


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020)

Results and feedback available via the course Moodle site plus feedback will be emailed to each student


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will assess your ability to:
  • Formulate and operate a research plan.
  • Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  • Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively different modes of communication.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via turnitin in the course Moodle site as a PDF or Word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate and operate a research plan.
  • Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  • Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively different modes of communication.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Research report - data analysis

Task Description

The question will be available in week one via the Moodle site. It will be a 3,000-word journal paper on the subject agreed from assignment 1 with the lecturer. Assessment assignment 35%

PowerPoint presentation 5%


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Tuesday (13 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit via turnitin in the course Moodle site as a PDF or Word document


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020)

Results and feedback available via the course Moodle site plus feedback will be emailed to each student


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will assess your ability to:
  • Formulate and operate a research plan.
  • Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  • Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively different modes of communication.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via turnitin in the course Moodle site as a PDF or Word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate and operate a research plan.
  • Apply detailed technical knowledge and industry based methodologies, assess safety and risk factors, and prepare a feasible plan and implementation schedule.
  • Discover and use information sources and technology to collect, analyse and interpret data, notes and references.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively different modes of communication.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?