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ARLA4001 Design Research Part 1

Credit
12 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Content
The units ARLA4001 Design Research Part 1 and ARLA4002 Design Research Part 2 are a two part series that enable students to undertake in-depth, independent study in one of the specialisations: architecture or landscape architecture. They are taken are over two successive semesters and both parts must be completed.

Design 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.

These Design Research units allow students to develop research skills and comprise a research project in the field of architecture or landscape 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.

These units 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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the capacity to develop and respond to the requirements set out in a coherent architectural or landscape architecture 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 topic to an appropriate depth; (4) develop a sound theoretical basis and an appropriate conceptual and project quality, with an requisite level of resolution, depending on the nature of the project; and (5) clearly and effectively communicate architectural and landscape architectural ideas.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: design project and/or written dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Philip Goldswain
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
Weekly or fortnightly meeting with supervisor
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