Case Study in Workplace Design

Subject ABPL90195 (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: Equivalent of 2 hours contact a week. Estimated total time commitment: Equivalent of 10 -12 hours a week (120-144 hours total).
Total Time Commitment: Not available

702645 Workplace Design Briefing and Evaluation and admission to a master's program in the faculty, or approval of the subject coordinator.

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 provides an opportunity for students to investigate, under supervision, an issue or approved topic of enquiry in the field of workplace planning or design with local relevance. The emphasis will be on relating the findings of a literature search of the topic with locally acquired information through site work and enquiry. Students will need to identify and present the issues and concerns of the case after pilot investigations, and then extend the investigation into the full scope required to complete the case study.


On successful completion of the subject, students should be able to conduct a scholarly enquiry into a topic or issue, and successfully report the findings to an informed audience.


A class presentation paper (1000 words) outlining the issues and concerns of the case - 20%;

A final case study presented in writing (4000 words) and verbally to a panel - 80%.

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 successful completion of the subject, students should have improved their capability in the important skill areas of:

  • literature searching;
  • focused interviewing and workshops;
  • observation;
  • issue formulation and resolution; and
  • operational mapping.

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