ENCM682-20A (C) Any Time Start 2020

Research Project

30 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
  • For Masters theses please contact the relevant College Office.
  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Postgraduate Office.
  • For other types of anytime start courses (i.e. generally courses worth 60 points or less) please contact the Course Coordinator.
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


Special project in Construction Management Engineering

Upon completion of this course, students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to conduct medium sized research projects for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

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 place emphasis on knowledge discovery, innovation, and applications to the AEC industry. Students are expected to gain research skills for possible future research career (e.g., PhD) and 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 Programme Director

Timetable Note

The course can be completed over two semesters or S2 only.

It is expected that a student will typically spend about 160 hours on learning material and completing the research project for this course.

Course Coordinator

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Head of Department


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 $2,204.00

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

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENCM682 Occurrences

  • ENCM682-20A (C) Any Time Start 2020