This unit provides students with opportunities for training in some key methodologies and research strategies for building fire research projects. Students have the opportunity to develop a range of skills in conceptualising and problematising research, to develop an understanding of various research tools and ability to plan an original research related to building fire safety. The project will be an engineering and/or scientific investigation of an approved topic developed through a detailed literature search and review of the literature on the approved topic area. Selection of appropriate research tools for the project, proposing various parameters to analyse and presenting the research proposal and methodology in an effective way are other key elements of this unit.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
24
Unit code:
VQT6061

Prerequisites

Students are normally expected to have a four-years degree in engineering or a three-years degree in science plus two years relevant work experience or have completed the Graduate Certificate in Performance-Based Building and Fire Codes with a distinction average.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Clearly define a problem by undertaking a detailed literature search and review the literature on the topic/problem area;  
  2. Select appropriate research method and tools for a project;  
  3. Propose different ways of using/analysing data/ information for research; and  
  4. Produce a review explaining research question and methodology including literature review.  

Assessment

Assessment will be on the basis of approval of the supervisor to proceed to VQT6062 Building Fire Research B.
Assessment type Description Grade
Review Literature review and research proposal (the total effective word length is 5000 words). Yes/No
The review covers all learning outcomes and graduate capabilities.

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