BLAR14020 - Built Environment Research

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will work and learn autonomously, demonstrate professional capabilities expected of a graduating industry practitioner, solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement, write concisely a dissertation and deliver confidently a community presentation. The unit will give you an opportunity to develop your personal and interpersonal skills and use different communication modes. Note: Prior to the commencement of term and before an enrolment can be accepted, you must confirm with the unit coordinator that you have completed the prerequisite research planning unit, that the research remains viable and an academic supervisor is available. Students who have successfully completed BLCN13021 or BLSV14015 should not enrol in this unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BLAR14019 Built Environment Research Plan or Condition: Successfully completed 144 units of credits in the Building Surveying (Honours) or Construction Management (Honours) course.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 12%
2. Written Assessment 24%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 64%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation
Prompt contact from lecturer when requested, so works could be progressed or a query answered to allow research and dissertation writing to continue.
Prompt and detailed feedback is vital to the creation of an effective dissertation. Delivery of such feedback will remain a feature of this unit.
Action Taken
Student feedback was provided promptly to allow time for reflection before the next assessment submission date.
Source: Unit Evaluation survey
The continued feedback on draft papers was critical to my understanding and learning.
Regular communication and feedback from the academic supervisor is a critical element in developing an effective dissertation. The current level of feedback and engagement will continue in future unit offerings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Solve technical problems and evaluate project processes, outcomes and related learning experiences using sound analysis, reflection and judgement.
  2. Use accepted standards of scholarship to write a concise dissertation.
  3. Prepare and deliver a community presentation.
  4. Demonstrate professional practice skills.
  5. Employ effective modes of communication.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment