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PSG4111 Research Project A

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Kevin McDougall


Pre-requisite: (PSG3900 or ENG3902) and ENG4110 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSPS or BSPH or BURP. Students must complete PSG4111 and PSG4112 in the same year.


Project work undertaken by individuals is a central part of surveying, planning and spatial science practice. At the professional level project work routinely involves research, in the sense that there are non-standard requirements to be met and non-standard problems to be overcome. This course, combined with PSG4112 Research Project Part 2, prepares the student for professional practice and, discipline specific research project work. With the guidance of supervisor/s, the student will augment, integrate and demonstrate skills spanning both the technical and non-technical dimensions of surveying, planning and spatial science at the professional level. The project (PSG4111 Research Project Part 1 immediately followed by PSG4112 Research Project Part 2) will develop and test the ability to define and analyse the problem, to develop solutions to the problem, to make the necessary decisions, convert ideas into useful outcomes and to cope with the unexpected problems encountered in testing and evaluation. All of this must be accomplished in a tight timeframe, within resource limitations and with due regard for safety, social and ethical considerations.

The project (comprising PSG4111 Research Project A immediately followed by PSG4112 Research Project B) is intended to integrate and augment the student's total formal knowledge by means of its application to a real problem at the appropriate professional level. This course (being the first half of the project) will comprise firstly the selection, negotiation and approval of a project topic appropriate to the student's major study. Following this the student will (i) research the background, context and literature, (ii) develop an appropriate methodology, (iii) demonstrate a sound appreciation of the overall task and its constraints by formal reporting, and (iv) make substantial progress in the execution of the work.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify and make appropriate progress in a discipline specific research project;
  2. find and critically review the quality and value of information from published literature and other contextual sources;
  3. identify and address sustainability, safety and ethical issues associated with a discipline specific research project;
  4. define the goals, determine an appropriate methodology, a realistic schedule, and the resource requirements for the execution of a discipline specific research project;
  5. provide an appropriately structured project planning report;
  6. establish, manage and maintain appropriate interaction and reporting with the designated supervisor during all phases of a discipline specific research project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Project work in which students will plan, commence and make substantial progress in an individual, generally open-ended task which will encompass a range of technical and academic skills appropriate to the student's major study. These will include ALL of the following: literature research and evaluation; determination of consequences; and planning and self- management. 30.00
2. Project work tasks will also include some (and often many) of the following: planning and management; feasibility assessment; experimental work and trialling; fieldwork; data analysis; design; prototype construction and testing; simulation and modelling; financial analysis. 40.00
3. Project work will be undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor/s appointed from the academic staff of the Faculty. Sponsors and technical advisors external to the Faculty may also be involved. 10.00
4. Report writing. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Report No 100 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 30 June 2022