Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Joely-Kym Sobott
Contact hours
Seminars: up to 3 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.