MUD Research Project

Subject ABPL90098 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the supervisor over two consecutive semesters of enrolment. Estimated total contact hours: 120 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Admission to the Master of Urban Design.

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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, 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 Student Equity and Disability Support:


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly called Research Project E (Masters).

Students will plan and carry out an independent research project on a topic of relevance to their degree course. The project will involve a critical review of the relevant literature, setting the objectives of the study, selecting an appropriate theoretical framework and research method, specifying the research questions, collecting and analysing data, and reporting results in a coherent document. Students must enrol in this subject twice for a total of 25 points over two consecutive semesters as it comprises one half of a full-year research project.

*Note: This subject is a 25-point subject. Students must enrol in this subject twice over two consecutive semesters.


At the conclusion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Identify and develop an appropriate research topic and refine research questions and hypotheses
  • Critically analyse the literature in this field
  • Identify and apply appropriate research methods
  • Synthesise and communicate research findings in both written and graphic format.

A literature review (due at the end of the first semester of enrolment - hurdle requirement only, not graded).

A minor thesis of not more than 10,000 words - 100% (due at the end of the second semester of enrolment).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students will have developed a capacity for critical research and analysis on a topic relevant to their course of study.

Students will gain the following skills:

  • Competent use of the library and other information sources
  • Critical thinking through analysis of recommended reading, essay writing, and by gauging the strength of an argument
  • Time management and work planning
  • Skill in attention to detail through essay preparation and writing

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Urban Design

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