PROP 7004 - Property Dissertation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PROP 7004 Course Property Dissertation Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completion of ARCH 7042 Assumed Knowledge Property development, valuation, economics and marketing Restrictions Available to MProp, MPlan, MArch Course Description An independent research study or project which addresses a question or topic relevant to the development or management of property.
Course Coordinator: Mr Peter Koulizos
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Use appropriate research methodologies and methods to address a defined research topic
- Identify, access and evaluate data appropriate to the defined research topic
- Demonstrate independent learning skills and self-direction in solving problems
- Structure, write and present a coherent and relevant argument in response to a defined research topic
- Write cogently and succinctly using the conventional language of scholarly inquiry
- Demonstrate rigour in the implementation of the study and respond positively to criticism and guidance
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3,4,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning resources will be advised on an individual by the dissertation supervisor. Any general resources will be provided on the course MyUni site by the course co-ordinator.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe learning and teaching strategy is an active learning one, with the student taking responsibility for defining the research topic, choosing and applying appropriate research methods, time management and production of the final dissertation. The approach to assessment is one of integration with teaching and “assessment for learning” rather than of learning.
Study will be structured through regular meetings with the dissertation supervisor who will monitor and advise on progress but day to day work may be undertaken at the student’s convenience. Deadlines for assessment will be strictly enforced which will provide an overall framework for the semester of study.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are not required to attend regular weekly classes but will have access to the dissertation supervisor for face to face advice. Regular meetings are strongly encouraged. Peer interaction and support will also be used to encourage active learning and create a community of practice.
The time allocation should reflect the assessment weighting in the schedule below.
Learning Activities SummaryEssential information on property specific research and approaches to research in the built environment are provided in two separate courses namely PROP 7001 Property Research and Marketing and ARCH 7042 Designing Research. The approach to learning is progressive, building upon fundamental concepts and knowledge acquisition culminating in this course which tests students ability to apply the research approaches outlined in these two courses. Students are advised to prepare a research topic outline as part of ARCH 7042 Designing Research. This can form the basis for this Dissertation course. Regular meetings with the allocated supervisor aim to ensure that students are clear in defining their research question/ aim and make appropriate choice of research methods. The attendance and participation and interim report milestones are designed to monitor progress as well as provide progressive feedback to students.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Collaborative/Individual Weighting Word Count/Time Due Date Related Learning Outcome Attendance & participation Individual 10% At least 6 supervisor meetings Over semester 3,6,7 Interim report Individual 20% 2,500 words Mid semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Final dissertation Individual 70% 8-10,000 words End of semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Total 100%
Assessment DetailAttendance & Participation: Up to 10% of the marks are available for attendance and participation. Students need to attend and participate well in the workshops and have evidence of at least six sessions with their supervisor(s) so as to be able to receive up to 10%.
Interim report: Students must present an individual written interim report which outlines the research field, states the research topic, aim/ question and outlines the methodological approach to be used to address the stated aim/question. An indication of the current state of knowledge of the chosen research topic derived from academic literature review is expected, though this may not be comprehensive. Students are expected to give a verbal presentation which summarises the content of their written report , to the supervisor and other students in the class at a point approximately mid way through the semester of study.
Final dissertation: The final dissertation consists of a structured 8-10,000 word report containing relevant data and supporting materials which clearly states the research question/aim of the work, explains the methodological basis of the enquiry, provides background evidence of literature search and review of relevant sources to explain the current state of knowledge on the chosen topic. The dissertation will also demonstrate evidence of the application of appropriate research methods to address the research question /aim, analyse any data or information gathered and seek to address the research question /aim by drawing conclusions from the analysis. All sources of information are expected to be referenced in an appropriate style.
SubmissionAll details about the individual assignment submissions and online participation tasks will be provided on MyUni / Canvas.
Please note the following general points about Submissions:
All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.
All work should be submitted electronically using the course MyUni site. Students should ensure that work is submitted on time on or before the due date
The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance. Online submissions can also take time when file sizes are large and this can result in delayed submissions. The School recommends submissions < 50MB.
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Modified Arrangements (General)
Extensions will be granted for valid reasons such as illness but these must be arranged with the course co-ordinator before the submission deadline.Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.Where appropriate, Harvard referencing conventions should be used.
The application form is available online at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/?dsn=policy.document;field=data;id=7446;m=view and needs to be submitted to the Course Coordinator along with any supporting documentation. It is not sufficient, for example, just to submit a medical certificate. If you are sick a medical certificate needs to be appended to the application form.
Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted.
In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.
If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office. Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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