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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and justify business, engineering, infrastructure, or asset management industry related problems or issues worthy of investigationIntellectual rigourCreativityLifelong learning
2create and present an ethical and achievable research design based on justifiable and evidence-based methodsIntellectual rigourCreativityEthical practiceLifelong learningCultural competence
3critically review and synthesise literature with regard to relevant research problems and opportunitiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCommunication and social skills
4develop, pilot and apply critical research tools that have the potential to solicit required data to analyse a given problem.Intellectual rigourCreativityEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and justify business, engineering, infrastructure, or asset management industry related problems or issues worthy of investigation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. create and present an ethical and achievable research design based on justifiable and evidence-based methods
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. critically review and synthesise literature with regard to relevant research problems and opportunities
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. develop, pilot and apply critical research tools that have the potential to solicit required data to analyse a given problem.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • 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.

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Short written response15%
Literature review40%
Research Proposal Report and Presentation45%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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International

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