ENCM672-19A (C) Any Time Start 2019

Independent Course of Study

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 7 January 2019
End Date: Sunday, 5 January 2020
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 18 January 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 4 October 2019


Independent Course of Study

Students choose one suitable topic based on the discussion with academic supervisors.  The course involves a collaborative process between the student and academic supervisors where regular meetings will occur to guide and refine the student's goals, progress and work. Students are required to submit a formal research report after they complete the research project.

Potential research topics can be determined within the following areas, including (but are not limited to):

1. Building information modelling
2. Productivity and cost analysis
3. Construction engineering
4. Project delivery methods and procurement strategies
5. Construction technologies
6. Construction health and safety
7. Green building design and assessment
8. Applications of computer vision and machine learning to construction
9. Digital twin and smart infrastructure

Specific research topics will be closely linked with industry practices. Students are expected to gain relevant knowledge and skills for future career in the construction industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the course, students are expected to:
  • have a good understanding of the knowledge gaps in the AEC industry;
  • define research questions;
  • choose suitable research methods;
  • collect and analyse data; and
  • have a good understanding of the academic and practical implications of the research findings.


Subject to approval of the Director of Studies

Timetable Note

It is expected that a student will typically spend about 120 hours on learning material and completing the research project for this course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Brian Guo


Daniel van der Walt


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Mid semester progress report 30%
Final research report 70%

Mid semester progress report should cover the progress made in the following aspects:
(1) research questions are clearly defined
(2) literature review is completed
(3) data collection has commenced

Final research project report should consist of the following elements:
(1) Introduction
(2) Literature review
(3) Methodology
(4) Results
(5) Discussion and conclusions

To pass this course, you should achieve at least 40% of the mid semester progress report and 50% of the final research report.

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required text for this course, but course notes and other course material will be made available online on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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