Research Principles and Practices

Unit code: NBC3010 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Completion of 192 Credit Points.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Effective planning, implementation and management of successful construction projects requires extensive evidence-based research. While evidence can be extracted from the disciplinary literature, existing databases or previous project experience, original research may also be undertaken to meet the requirements of a specific project. Research is a process of enquiry and investigation and takes a systematic and methodical approach to the creation of knowledge-as-evidence. Ineffective decision making can occur when a lack of knowledge leads to project delay and failure.

NBC3010 Research Principles and Practices provides an introduction to a methodical approach to reviewing, analysing and formulating a research proposal in the Built Environment context. . NBC3010 will explore quantitative and qualitative paradigms while focussing on the methods used in Construction Management research. In the light of looking for similarities and differences between the research approaches within the field of built environment, NBC3010 gives an overview of the paradigms and interpretative frameworks, discusses advantages and limitations, and look at integrating both quantitative and qualitative data in a Construction Management research project.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate and elaborate the fundamentals involved in planning and executing a Construction Management research project;
  2. Critically and systematically review relevant literature, use appropriate Built Environment research tools to comprehensively interpret findings and articulate research gaps;
  3. Formulate a research question/(s) or a hypothesis in the context of Construction Management research;
  4. Develop appropriate Built Environment research approaches, while focussing on methodologies, measurement tools and instruments for data collection and analysis used in the Construction Management research; and
  5. Critically analyse sources of information and demonstrate sensitivity to research ethics and code of conduct within the field of Built Environment and Construction Management.

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Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Research Brief (1 page)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 70%
Part A (30%), Part B (40%)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Final Research Presentation
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 0%
Research Project Outline (400 words) (hurdle)

Required reading

Reading material will be negotiated in consultation with the supervisor and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation.

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