Gold CoastSession 1,2,3Session 1,2,3

Unit description

Introduces participants to research related to real world engineering, infrastructure, or asset management issues and opportunities in industry. Participants will learn about the research process, identify a suitable issue for research, and identify suitable research tools to address the issue.

Unit content

Developing an understanding of what is research

Identifying appropriate research problems and opportunities

Reviewing previous research literature

Designing a research project

Understanding data analysis

Developing qualitative research tools

Developing quantitative research tools

Developing mixed methods research tools

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • E-book available through SCU Library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/ FullRecord.aspx?p=2166415): Creswell, JW, 2014, Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, 4th edn, Sage, Thousand Oaks. ISBN: 9781606237014.
  • E-book available through SCU Library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/ FullRecord.aspx?p=2166415): Hair JR, JF, Celsi, M, Money, A, Samouel, P & Page, M, 2016, The Essentials of Business Research Methods, 3rd edn, Taylor & Francis, New York. ISBN: 978076564613-2.
  • E-book available through SCU Library (http://scu.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/patron/ FullRecord.aspx?p=593773): Yin, RK, 2011, Qualitative Research From Start to Finish, The Guildford Press, New York. ISBN: 9781606237014.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

Session 3

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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