Course Title: Research Methods for the Built Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for the Built Environment

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Singapore Inst of Management


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh3 17


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh3 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Nader Naderpajouh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61-3-9925 3438

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.08.67

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to research methods and theoretical concepts that are widely used in Construction, Property & Valuation and Project Management research. In developing your research capability you will also develop skills in discussing and debating concepts relevant to these areas.
Your learning in this course will provide a foundation for your future learning in Research Practice 1 and Research Practice 2 and will equip you to undertake research related to the Built Environment. Guided by your lecturer, and under the supervisor from within the School, you will build your research capability by developing the theoretical knowledge and the skills required to conduct independent and/or collaborative research. Specifically, you will learn how to undertake research activities which include an analysis of literature and the formulation of a research question. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:
1. Determine and apply discipline and theoretical knowledge to your professional practice and/or further study
2. Professionally communicate to a range of audiences utilising diverse formats and strategies, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and responsiveness to the needs of diverse stakeholders
3. Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
4. Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and /or execute a research based or professionally focused demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry issues
5. Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues


Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Identify the interdependence and distinctiveness of different research paradigms, approaches, tools and techniques
• Source, analyse and synthesise relevant literature
• Analyse and discuss different research methodological approaches and paradigms
• Critically evaluate the ethical implications of a research problem



Overview of Learning Activities

To support your learning you will engage in a range of learning activities including: workshops, lectures, class discussions and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A number of resources will be provided to assist your learning including on line resources, journal articles and relevant media.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, a poster presentation to industry and thesis.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator of the Disability Liaison Unit If you would like to find out more.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student, as well as those of your teachers.
Your course conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: