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16671 Honours Research 4

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

Requisite(s): 16262 Honours Research 1 AND 16259 Honours Research 2 AND 16260c Honours Research 3
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

Upon completion of this subject, students have prepared and submitted an original thesis, ranging from 8000 to 12,000 words in length. The thesis should identify a clear problem and appeal to a theoretical or conceptual framework. The thesis must contain a thorough literature review of the topic and show mastery of a selected research design and how it is used to present, analyse, and discuss research findings and support arguments.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. In-depth knowledge in a topic relevant to the built environment disciplines.
2. To demonstrate in-depth competency in the area of the planned research area, through completion of an Honours Research fully referenced thesis (plus supporting appendices) and presentation of findings in a formal Research Seminar.
3. Students will be able to display an ability to produce an 8-12,000 word thesis. This will demonstrate a studentís ability to plan, manage and deliver a major piece of research.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Ability to apply informed sound ethical judgements in professional contexts (A.2)
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to a varied audience (C.3)
  • Ability to engage in an advanced level of critical and reflective thinking in built environment contexts (R.1)
  • Ability to source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (Research Application) (R.2)
  • Ability to analyse, structure and report the results of research (Research Skills) (R.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

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 effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies at an advanced level in professional
contexts (C.1)

Ability to communicate complex ideas to a varied audience (C.3)

Ability to engage in an advanced level of critical and reflective thinking in built environment contexts (R.1)

Ability to analyse, structure and report the results of research (Research Skills) (R.3)

Ability to demonstrate judgement in critical analysis of independent research (R.4)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is designed to mentor research-focused students in self-directed research. There are no formal group classes. Instead students are expected to make contact with their allocated supervisor by the end of the first week of semester, and establish a schedule of mutually convenient appointments fortnightly throughout the semester.

Content (topics)

  • Doing additional data collection (if needed) &
  • Finalising the analysis of data
  • Developing earlier chapters into a final, coherent thesis
  • Presenting research orally
  • Final edits and revisions based on feedback received, among others, from a supervisor, honours co-ordinator, and other members of staff during oral presentation

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Oral Defence

Intent:

You will prepare and present a well-referenced, structured, and informative powerpoint presentation

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.):

C.3, R.1 and R.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria:

Additional Assessment criteria will be made available to students in separate documentation at the same time as the subject outline.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
To demonstrate the competence to effectively communicate research to an informed academic audience 40 2 R.1
To demonstrate the skills of defending a thesis 40 1 C.3
To present research in an engaging way 20 3 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Thesis Production

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.2, C.3 and R.3

Type: Thesis
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 70%
Criteria:

Additional Assessment criteria will be made available to students in separate documentation at the same time as the subject outline.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
To demonstrate in-depth competency in the area of the planned research area, through completion of an Honours Research fully referenced thesis (plus supporting appendices) and incorporating feedback from sources such as the formal Research Seminar given as assessment 1 40 3 R.3
To be able to write complex arguments in accessible and engaging manner 40 1 C.3
To be able to write a long study without making too many errors of presentation 20 2 A.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes