UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is offered in two parts, which may be taken either concurrently (12 credit points in one semester), or consecutively over two semesters (6 credit points each semester). Both parts must be completed in order to achieve a mark for the units.

The unit allows students to develop research skills and comprises a research project in the field of architecture. Research topics may be in either critical studies, design or technical studies, and are to be agreed on between the student and a nominated supervisor and approved by the unit coordinator. The Independent Research unit aims to train and assess students' abilities to contribute to the future development of their discipline through research that extends existing knowledge and/or through the creative application of knowledge in ways likely to impact upon future thinking in their fields of study. Study is based on independent research rather than taught coursework and the learning and assessment practices intentionally parallel those of postgraduate research studies.

Independent Research requires the development and demonstration of ability and acquired competence. It is expected that, in addition to addressing a project brief, students establish theoretical parameters that form the basis for investigation. While projects may vary in scale, and exhibit varying levels of complexity, students are required to incorporate the full range of knowledge and skills required for a fully resolved proposition or dissertation. Projects of an experimental nature are encouraged.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate the capacity to develop and respond to the requirements set out in a coherent architectural project brief; (2) clearly state and sustain a thesis, with a clearly substantiated argument and critical engagement with material; (3) develop a relevant bibliography of information sources and research a chosen architectural topic to a substantial depth; (4) develop a sound theoretical basis and a high conceptual and project quality, with an appropriate level of resolution, depending on the nature of the project; and (5) clearly and effectively communicate architectural ideas and write in accordance with academic protocols.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: continuing assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Kate Hislop
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 48 points of study and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Architecture of at least 70%
Advisable prior study: Students undertaking independent research should have completed at least two units in the relevant group (A: Design, B: Critical Studies or C: Technical Studies) with an average of 70 per cent prior to commencing Independent Research Part 1.
Contact hours meetings with supervisor: approx 1 hour per week; presentations: through semester
Note Part 1 and Part 2 of the unit can be undertaken sequentially or concurrently.

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