Lost Links – Plain Language Statement (HoM)

Student Researcher: Brendon McNiven

Responsible Researcher: Dr David O’Brien 

Co-Researcher: Dr Juliana Prpic

Ethics HREC number: 1852718.2


Thank you for your participating in this research project. This Plain Language Statement (PLS), will provide you with further information about the Habits of Mind (HoM) survey so that you can decide if you would like to take part in this research. 

What is this research about?

The purpose of this research project is to investigate how individuals from the professions of architecture and engineering think, and what the differences between them are.  By understanding the differences in natures of thinking we aim to better understand how to improve collaboration and education. 

This research will:

  • provide improved insight into the basis for barriers to collaboration between architects and engineers related to different natures of thinking,
  • equip practitioners in each discipline with a better understanding of how the other thinks and operates so as to facilitate better collaboration and improve design outcomes,
  • inform the development of teaching methods and curriculum in each discipline, and combined discipline courses.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to undertake a short on-line survey that will ask you to self-assess against a number of generalised HoM.  You will then be asked to suggest what HoM you think may specifically apply to architects and Engineers. The survey should take approx 5-10 minutes.

What are the possible risks?

The risks associated with taking this exercise have been assessed as negligible.

Do I have to take part?

No. Participation is completely voluntary. You are able to withdraw at any time by exiting the exercise or closing your web browser.  Partially complete information provided will not be used in the research.

Will I hear about the results of this project?

The results of this research will be published in academic papers.  There is provision at the end of the survey for you to opt-in to communications regarding publication of findings.

What will happen to information about me?

The information you provide will be converted to a non-identifiable generic format and used in the analysis as a part of the research.  Data will be retained for a minimum of five years and may be destroyed after that date.  Retained data may be used on other closely related projects in the future (i.e. also related to thinking natures and collaboration between architects and engineers).  

Where can I get further information?

If you would like more information about the project, please contact the researchers; brendon.mcniven@unimelb.edu.au

Who can I contact if I have any concerns about the project?

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Email: HumanEthics-complaints@unimelb.edu.au. All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project.