UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is required for students intending to enrol in the Independent Research by Dissertation unit. Unit content will be structured around issues pertinent to architectural research and scholarship. In particular, it will address research methodologies and conventions across a range of research types and areas.

The unit will operate 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 4000-5000 word research essay which will assist in the preparation in a subsequent unit of an architectural dissertation project.
Outcomes 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 their 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.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (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) Dr Kate Hislop
Contact hours Seminars: up to 3 hours per week
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT4470/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT4470/SEM-2/2017
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