Research Practicum in Construction

Subject ABPL90359 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Written approval from the subject coordinator and the program coordinator

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
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:


Dr Andrew Martel



The Eastern Precinct
Building 138 (between Doug McDonell and Eastern Resource Centre)


Current Student:


Subject Overview:

The subject provides students with an opportunity to produce an ordered, critical exposition of autonomously gained knowledge, thus demonstrating proper understanding of the nature, development strategies and conventions of research work, with particular focus in their area of specialisation.

The subject concentrates on the middle to final stages of research: from implementation of a research plan, to effectively interpreting and presenting results of the research plan implemented.

Seminar group and one-on-one meetings are held with the supervisor/coordinator, to allow students to exchange and/or obtain advice on their topics.

Knowledge and materials prepared in the NEW ‘Research in construction’ subject are to inform the final research report.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims to develop students’ ability in:

  • Taking a specific course of intellectual action within those available in the construction discipline;
  • Building on work previously developed to a specific research investigation end;
  • Subsequently implementing a small research project;
  • Reporting about and reflecting upon the work carried out;
  • Synthesizing problems and results;
  • Organizing work accordingly.

On completion of the subject students should have developed the skills required to:

  • Write a scholarly document autonomously;
  • Evaluate the significance of its content;
  • Communicate strategically;
  • Manage time;
  • Behave ethically in situations where knowledge creation and/or usage are required.
  • Assessment 1: Research development includes a preliminary data discussion due in week 6 (equivalent to 1000 words) worth 20%
  • Assessment 2: Oral presentation based upon research proposal due week 10. Satisfactory completion of the oral presentation is hurdle requirement.
  • The oral seminar is not assessed but the final report will not be accepted for examination unless a presentation has been made due in week 10 and is a hurdle requirement
  • Assessment 3: Research Report equivalent to 4,000 words, due at the end of semester and worth 80%. This research will be based on research completed in the prerequisite subject, ABPL90358 Research in Construction. The 4000 words required for this piece of assessment is additional to work completed for prerequisite subject ABPL90358 Research in Construction. Writing submitted as part of the prerequisite subject may not be submitted as part of this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Research and Development

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