University of Technology, Sydney

Staff directory | Webmail | Maps | Newsroom | What's on

16262 Honours Research 1

Warning: The information on this page is indicative. The subject outline for a particular session, location and mode of offering is the authoritative source of all information about the subject for that offering. Required texts, recommended texts and references in particular are likely to change. Students will be provided with a subject outline once they enrol in the subject.

Subject handbook information prior to 2018 is available in the Archives.

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

Requisite(s): 16259c Honours Research 2
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

Through workshops and individual supervisor meetings, this subject takes students through the process of choosing a topic area, developing a specific set of research questions, and completing a literature review to set the groundwork for invetsigating the research questions. Workshops focus on establishing a rationale for research, developing aims and objectives based on research questions, library search skills, how to structure a literature review, and how to develop an endnote library of sources.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:

1. To be able to select an appropriate research topic for specific and emerging problems in the built environment
2. To understand how to pose and frame research questions, aims and objectives
3. To comprehend the limitations of various approaches
4. To search for relevant literature and sources of information
5. To be able to write a critical review of the selected literature.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Ability to identify ethical issues and concerns (A.1)
  • 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 demonstrate judgement in critical analysis of independent research (R.4)

Teaching and learning strategies

Through workshops and individual supervisor meetings, this subject takes students through the process of choosing a topic area, developing a specific set of research questions, and completing a literature review to set the groundwork for investigating the research questions. Workshops focus on establishing a rationale for research, developing aims and objectives based on research questions, library search skills, how to structure a literature review, and how to develop an endnote library of sources.

Content (topics)

  • choosing a topic area,
  • developing a specific set of research questions,
  • completing a literature review
  • establishing a rationale for research
  • developing aims and objectives based on research questions,
  • library search skills,
  • how to structure a literature review
  • how to develop an endnote library of sources.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Research topic, aims, and questions

Intent:

Assignment 1 – 1000 word report.

You are required to;

  1. Set out the rationale or background for your research project (why it is important that the study is undertaken)
  2. Set research question(s) and aims and objectives
  3. Identify the limitations of the research.

Hand out week 1 and hand in week 3

Weighting 40%

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2 and 3

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, R.1 and R.4

Weight: 40%
Length:

1000 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
A1 40 1 A.1
R1 40 2 R.1
R4 20 3 R.4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Literature Review

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 4 and 5

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.):

C.1, R.1 and R.4

Weight: 60%
Length:

2000 words (excluding references)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
R4 30 1 R.4
R1 30 4 R.1
C1 40 5 C.1
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.

Recommended texts

I recommend any edition of Linda Flower's Problem solving Strategies for writing, Harcourt, NY