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PSG4112 Research Project B

Semester 2, 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: PSG4111 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 engineer/spatial scientist 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 requires the student to complete the project commenced in PSG4111 Research Project Part 1, and to report the complete work (PSG4111 Research Project Part 1 and PSG4112 Research Project Part 2 together) in the form of an academic journal paper.

Following satisfactory progress in PSG4111 Research Project A in the preceding semester of offer, and with the continuing guidance of supervisor/s, the student will further develop skills spanning both the technical and non-technical dimensions of planning, surveying and spatial science at the professional level. The student will study and replicate the rationale, style and format of the journal paper and present the total project work (comprising PSG4111 Research Project A and PSG4112 Research Project B) as a journal paper.

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. take responsibility for a major discipline specific research project and execute it to an appropriate point of completion;
  2. establish, manage and maintain appropriate interaction and reporting with the designated supervisor during all phases of a major discipline specific research project;
  3. critically review research findings, define their significance and develop optimal solution/s;
  4. demonstrate the ability to apply intellectual rigour whilst completing a major discipline specific research project;
  5. prepare and submit a journal paper written in a clear, logical, concise and accurate professional style using standard referencing and citation conventions;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Project work in which students will continue and complete the individual project commenced in PSG4111 Research Project Part 1. These will include some (and often many) of the following: further literature research and evaluation; further analysis of consequences; further planning and management; feasibility assessment; experimental work and trialling; fieldwork; data analysis; design; prototype construction and testing; simulation and modelling; financial analysis. 60.00
2. The work will be undertaken with the guidance of a supervisor or supervisors (appointed from the academic staff of the Faculty). Sponsors and technical advisers external to the Faculty may also be involved. 10.00
3. Journal paper guidance and preparation. 30.00

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 Research (paper) No 100 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 30 June 2022