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Unit Overview

Description

This 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.

Credit
12 points
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) develop a relevant bibliography of information sources and research a chosen architectural topic to a substantial depth; (2) clearly state and sustain a thesis, with a clearly substantiated argument and critical engagement with material; (3) develop a sound theoretical basis consistent with the type and focus of the research; and (4) clearly and effectively communicate architectural ideas and write in accordance with academic protocols.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation. 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)
Dr Kate Hislop
Unit rules
Prerequisites
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar.
the submission of a research proposal to the satisfaction of unit coordinator.
the completion of at least 48 points of study.
and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Architecture of at least 70 per cent
Incompatibility
ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1, ARCT5011 Independent Research Part 2
Advisable prior study
Students should be in the final 48 points of the Master of Architecture course to enrol in this unit.
Contact hours
meetings with supervisor: approximately 1 hour per week
presentations: through semester
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  • 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.