CONMGNT 7001 - Research Dissertation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code CONMGNT 7001 Course Research Dissertation Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CONMGNT 7000 Assumed Knowledge Construction management, construction economics, academic writing, statistical analysis Course Description An independent research study or project, which addresses a question or topic relevant to the management of building or civil engineering projects. Based on the research proposal developed in Research Dissertation (M), students will conduct the research, collect data, analyse data and submit the final dissertation.
Course Coordinator: Professor Jian ZuoSTUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
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If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Offer of Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Design and justify research methodology for data collection.
2. Demonstrate understanding of research code of conduct and ethical approval process.
3. Utilize appropriate research methodology to collect data.
4. Critically analyse the collected data and draw conclusions accordingly.
5. Present research findings and conclusions in an academically appropriate manner.
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)
1,2,3 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
2,3,5 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
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
1,2,3,5 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
2,3,5 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
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Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2015). Business research methods. Oxford University Press, USA.
Yin, R. K. (2013). Case study research: Design and methods. Sage publications.
Fowler Jr, F. J. (2013). Survey research methods. Sage publications.
Chen, H. X. (2012). Approaches to quantitative research: A guide for dissertation students. Oak Tree Press.
Denicolo, P., & Becker, L. (2012). Developing research proposals. Sage.
Biggam, J. (2015). Succeeding with your master's dissertation: a step-by-step handbook. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).
Naoum, S. G. (2012). Dissertation research and writing for construction students. Routledge.
Journal of Cleaner Production
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
Journal of Management in Engineering
Building and Environment
International Journal of Project Management
Energy and Buildings
Project Management Journal
Construction Management and Economics
Journal of Green Building
Journal of Green Building
International Journal of Construction Management
Online LearningUniversity Email:
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MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents are expected to secure ethics approval in first 3 weeks, if their research involves the collection of primary data.This course will be primarily self-directed research, under the supervision of the supervisor. Students should initiate the meetings with their supervisor, on a regular basis.
Students are also encouraged to discuss their research progress with the course coordinator, if needed.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are expected to spend at least six hours each week woring on their research dissertation. The research dissertation involves a lot of reading, thing and writting, and discussion with the supervisor. Please do not underestimate the time commitments to the research dissertation.
Each final dissertation is around 12-15,000 words, however students may have written 20-25,000 words in total before triming it down.
Learning Activities SummaryEach student will undertake individual research project, under the supervision of the supervisor.
In this course, students will implement their research proposal that was submitted in last semester.
These may include:
1. The submission of ethics approval
2. collection of primary data
3. collection of secondary data
4. data analysis
5. writting the dissertation
Students are expected to have regular meetings with the supervisor, preferably fortnightly.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
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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