ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit equips students with a range of research-based skills including the identification of research topics and crafting of proposals. It is required for students intending to enrol in the Independent Research by Dissertation unit. Unit content is structured around issues pertinent to architectural research and scholarship. In particular, it addresses research methodologies and conventions across a range of research types and areas.The unit is conducted in seminar format encouraging students to participate in the sharing of questions, ideas and approaches to architectural research. Seminars in the final weeks of the semester are designed to develop the student's own area of interest, leading to the completion of a 4000 to 5000-word research essay which assists with the preparation in a subsequent unit of an architectural dissertation or independent design project.
Students are able to (1) reflect critically on a range of philosophical discourses, concepts and terms as these apply to contemporary architectural scholarship; (2) use a range of research tools including forms of bibliographical searching, library and web-based resources to explore a range of issues and develop informed opinions about an area of research interest; (3) conduct research and write with a high degree of scholarship and intellectual rigour; and (4) identify appropriate research topics and construct a convincing proposal leading to a research essay suitable for publication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Research proposal and (2) Research essay suitable for publication. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Joely-Kym Sobott
Contact hours
Seminars: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
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