LACH5510 Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is an independent design project taken over two consecutive semesters. Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students can commence in either semester. Students undertake a supervised but independent design research project in which the investigation and critical landscape design processes are formulated by the student. The project must have a theoretical and research base and provide a comprehensive exploration of landscape design theories and methodologies. This forms the base document for Part 2 (landscape design project).
Students are able to (1) develop a coherent theoretical foundation for a landscape design project (the basis for part 2-landscape design project); (2) develop a coherent research methodology and perform critical analysis; and (3) clearly and effectively communicate theoretical concepts in a professional manner..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: final folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maria Ignatieva
Unit rules
LACH4422 Design Studio—Making (formerly LACH4422 Design Studio/Technology: Methods and Materials), LACH4424 Design Studio—Complexity (formerly LACH4424 Professional Design Studio)
ARLA4506 Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Contact hours
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Your project must have a clear research base and demonstrate a synthesis of critical design thinking. This part is a preparation for the Part 2.
Format: combination of written text and supporting illustrations (from 6000 to 7000 words excluding abstract, footnotes and bibliography), A4 paper. Text should be accompanied by illustrations or/and sketches (with titles and indication of reference sources).
Structure: abstract (not more than 300 words); introduction (identification on the main theme/problem), research questions, background theoretical information, possible methodology, case studies related to the chosen topic (minimum 3); discussion, conclusion and the reference list. Identify problem and clearly explain an intent and rational and why you decided to use this particular theme.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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