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Department: PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Built Environment
Module Description: This module concentrates on the development and design of the students’ own research proposals, consisting of two main sections: first, developing the research question and objectives and designing the theoretical framework; secondly, designing the research methodology including the research approach, methods, instruments or information gathering guidelines, and method of results analysis. The first section will include developing the rationale for the research question and objectives, as well as a theoretical framework that will identify theories and concepts from relevant disciplines, and any relevant philosophical foundations or concepts, that is coherent and appropriate to the research question and will form part of the final thesis proposal. This section also includes a critical understanding of the general range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the students’ research topics, as well as an understanding of knowledge transfer and situating their research topic in national and international research and intellectual traditions.
The second section focuses on the selection and development of a methodology consistent with the theoretical framework including the approach, methods, instruments or information gathering guides, and guidelines for conduct of the study including a draft ethics proposal. The module will also discuss the development of theoretical sections of a thesis in addition to empirical research designs, and the implications of their research for professional practice. The module will conclude with a draft of a detailed research proposal for their thesis. Where relevant, students may conduct a pilot study.
- Pasian, B. (ed.). (2015). Designs, methods and practices for research of project management. Gower Publishing.
- Locke, L., Spirduso, W. & Silverman, S. (2014). Proposals that work: a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. 6th edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Machi, L. & McEvoy, B. (2016). The literature review: six steps to success. 3rd edn. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.
- Anfara, V. & Mertz, N. (eds.). (2015). Theoretical frameworks in qualitative research. 2nd edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Creswell, J.W. (2018). Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. 5th edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
- Girden, E. & Kabacoff, R. (2010). Evaluating research articles from start to finish. 3rd edn. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Indicative key readings
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- Teece, D. J. (2009). Dynamic capabilities and strategic management: organizing for innovation and growth. Oxford University Press.
- Clifford, J. & Marcus, G. (eds.). (1986). Writing culture: the poetics and politics of ethnography. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Wolpert, L. (2000). The unnatural nature of science: why science does not make (common) sense. Harvard University Press.
- Collins, R. (1994). Four sociological traditions. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Collins, R. (2000). The sociology of philosophies. Harvard University.
- Thomas Long, T., Convey, J. and Chwalek, A. (1985). Completing dissertations in the behavioral sciences and education. Jossey-Bass.
- Thomas, R. M. (2003). Blending qualitative and quantitative research methods in theses and dissertations. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.
- Audi, R. (1999). Cambridge dictionary of philosophy. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Bordens, K. & Abbott, B. (2010). Research design and methods: a process approach. 8th edn. McGraw-Hill.
- Davis, G. & Parker, C. (1997). Writing the doctoral dissertation: a systematic approach. 2nd edn. Barron’s Educational Series.
- Dul, J. & Hak, T. (2008). Case study methodology in business research. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Foreman-Peck, L. & Winch, C. (2010). Using educational research to inform practice: a practical guide to practitioner research in universities and colleges. New York: Routledge.
- Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010). Research methods for managers. 4th edn. London: Sage.
- Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: releasing the social science imagination. London: Sage.
- Heppner, P. & Heppner, M. (2004). Writing and publishing your thesis, dissertation, and research: a guide for students in the helping professions. Australia: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
- Johnson, B. & Christensen, L. (2008). Educational research: quantitative, qualitative and mixed approaches. 3rd edn. London: Sage.
- Krathwohl, D. & Smith, N. (2005). How to prepare a dissertation proposal: suggestions for students in education and the social and behavioral sciences. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
- McCormick, R. (2010). Researching and understanding educational networks. New York: Routledge.
- McMillan, J. H. & Wergin, J. F. (2009). Understanding and evaluating educational research. 4th edn. Prentice-Hall.
- Pearce, L. (2005). How to examine a thesis. Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education.
- Petre, M. & Rugg, G. (2010). The unwritten rules of PhD research. 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Swanson, R. & Holton, E. (eds.). (2005). Research in organizations: foundations and methods of inquiry. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers.
- Tashakkori, A. & Teddlie, C. (eds.). (2003). Handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.