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16259 Honours Research 2

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: School of the Built Environment
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 16262c Honours Research 1
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

In this subject students develop an understanding of research methodologies. Through the delivery of workshops and individual supervisor meetings, this subject introduces the students to research methodologies. Workshop 1 introduces the students to the concept of research methodology and research approaches. Students are introduced to quantitative and qualitative paradigms and their respective characteristics. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach is discussed. The second workshop involves a presentation to staff and students of their proposed research method. Students work closely with their supervisors to develop a research design and write the methodology chapter of the thesis.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. To apply problem solving strategies to use empirical analysis in built environment research.
2. To be able to select and apply appropriate methodology for a specific problem in the built environment.
3. To be able to independently design and execute a research project.
4. To be able to independently design research projects and explore the relevant literature.
5. To be able to critically assess the methodological rigour of published work.
6. To be able to communicate methodological arguments.
7. To be able to collect, analyse and critically assess the results.
8. To be able to complete the formalities of a Human Research Ethics Clearance application.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to identify ethical issues and concerns (A.1)
  • Ability to apply informed sound ethical judgements in professional contexts (A.2)
  • Ability to effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts (C.1)
  • Ability to engage in critical and reflective thinking in built environment contexts (R.1)
  • Ability to source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (R.2)
  • Ability to demonstrate judgement in critical analysis of independent research (R.4)

Teaching and learning strategies

Through workshops and individual supervisor meetings and in completion of this subject, students written communication skills are developed, along with ability to identify any ethical issues involved in the research problem under investigation. Students ability to formulate and implement methodology for independent research projects and ability to source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (Research Application) is also developed in this subject. The ability to demonstrate judgement in critical analysis of independent research is developed as well an openness to consideration of creative and innovative ideas.

Content (topics)

  • Research methods
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • How to structure a research design
  • Validity and reliability of data
  • Data collection techniques – questionnaire surveys, interviews, focus groups, Delphi technique and statistical techniques.
  • Human ethics issues in research

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Research design and thesis structure

Intent:

Assignment 1 – 1000 word research design and thesis structure report.

You are required to;

  1. Identify and discuss the nature of the research (qualitative or quantitative).
  2. Set out the research method selected with rationale for the selection.
  3. Identify the limitations of the research methodology.
  4. Set out the proposed structure for the final thesis (i.e. number of chapters, proposed titles and approx word count).
Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.1, C.1 and R.2

Weight: 40%
Length:

1000 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
A1 30 1 A.1
C1 30 1 C.1
R2 40 1 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Research methodology report

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.1, C.1, R.1 and R.4

Weight: 50%
Length:

2000 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
A1 20 2 A.1
R1 15 3 R.1
R4 10 4 R.4
A1 10 5 A.1
C1 30 6 C.1
A1 5 7 A.1
C1 10 8 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: HREC Application or detailed report on data validity

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2

Weight: 10%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
A2 13 1 A.2
A2 13 2 A.2
A2 13 3 A.2
A2 13 4 A.2
A2 13 5 A.2
A2 13 6 A.2
A2 11 7 A.2
A2 11 8 A.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Required texts

Farrell, P (2011) Writing a Built Environment Dissertation. Practical guidance and examples. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex UK. ISBN 978-1-4051-9851-6.

Other resources

Useful material will be posted on UTS Online