MUP Minor Thesis (1) (Masters)

Subject ABPL90217 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours: 1x2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission into MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning, or approval from the subject coordinator, plus completion of all core subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly called MUP Research Project 1.

The subject introduces students in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning to the skills necessary to conduct rigorous and original research. It also enables them to effectively communicate their research findings in a clear and systematic manner. The subject concentrates on the preliminary stages of research:

from defining a research question, to understanding various research approaches and paradigms, through to planning and beginning implementation of the research.

  • Identify an appropriate research topic;
  • critically analyse literature;
  • develop appropriate research questions / hypotheses;
  • plan and implement key aspects of a successful research program;
  • select and implement appropriate research methods.

  • Submission of research proposal (5,000 words) 80% - due last week of semester;
  • Oral presentation based upon research proposals 20% - due last week of semester;
  • A pass must be attained in both the research proposal and the oral presentation in order to pass the subject overall.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Bourma, G. D., and Ling, R. (2004). The Research Process , Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • To have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem solving and communication;
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self directed learning.
Related Course(s): Master of Urban Planning

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