CONMGNT 7001 - Research Dissertation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code CONMGNT 7001 Course Research 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 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 Zuo
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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
Fellows, R. F., & Liu, A. M. (2015). Research methods for construction. John Wiley & Sons.
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
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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.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.
Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
For a 6 unit course:
Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 240 Hrs
These 240 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
This is a 6 unit course. Recommended study commitments are meant to be hours of full time study, not just sitting thinking about the subject! The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities SummaryEssential information on construction management specific research and approaches to research in the built environment are provided in two separate courses: an existing course ARCH 7042 Designing Research and a new course Research Dissertation (M). 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 will use the literature review report and final research proposal developed in Research Dissertation (M) course for Research 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.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Word Count / Time Due Learning Outcome Attendance & participation Individual 10% At least 6 supervisor meetings Over semester 2,5 Interim report Individual 30% 5000 words Mid semester 1,2,3 Final dissertation Individual 60% 8000-10000 words End of semester 1,2,3,4,5 Total 100%
Assessment DetailAttendance & participation: Students must attend at least 6 face to face meetings with their supervisor over the course of the semester in order to be credited with 10% of the total assessment.
Interim report: Students must present an individual written interim report which outlines the research progress on data collection and preliminary data analysis.
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. 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 by the end of the semester.
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