URBD5822 Urban Design Dissertation (part-time)

48 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit can be taken full-time or part-time. The content of this unit depends on which of the two modes of research a student wishes to conduct across the course of a full year: (1) 100 per cent written dissertation of length 12,000–18,000 words; or (2) 100 per cent design project and a design essay equivalent to 12,000–18,000 words. The academic objectives across both are similar: (1) to afford students an opportunity to develop specialised expertise in an area of theory and/or practice in urban design, as developed with the unit coordinator; (2) to develop a research methodology appropriate to a particular design problem or research investigation; (3) to demonstrate competence in communication of analytical conclusions and design ideas, in a scholarly and professional manner using written, graphic and oral expression; (4) to develop the discipline of working within a self-imposed schedule (under close supervision), meeting specified interim presentation dates and final deadlines; (5) to explore a hypothesis, question or design project which contains pressing urban issues of relevance to a sufficient level of resolution to warrant masters qualification; and (6) to explore urban design theory and then apply and test that theory through design application and bring to bear the knowledge accumulated through the first year of coursework on a particular urban design issue or site.
Students are able to (1) develop the ability to define and pursue a research program at master's degree level; (2) demonstrate expertise in a particular locale and related urban design issues that would distinguish the student in the market and establish the student for further PhD study so as to become an expert in a given aspect of contemporary urban design; (3) have the capacity to produce scholarly written text; (4) have the capacity to produce sophisticated and resolved urban designs that demonstrate a degree of depth appropriate to the research question embedded in the formation of the project; and (5) understand how urban design theory and urban design praxis interrelate.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: 100 per cent written dissertation of length 12,000–18,000 words or (2) 100 per cent design project (and a design essay) equivalent to 12,000–18,000 words. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Anthony Duckworth-Smith
Unit rules
an overall weighted average of at least 65 per cent,
equivalent as recognised by the School of Design on the recommendation of the Urban Design Program (UDP) Academic Committee
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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