ARLA4506 Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to research strategies, methods and themes in the fields of landscape architecture, urban design and architecture. It is a core unit for students enrolled in the Master degrees of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, and a prerequisite for students intending to complete a dissertation in the Master of Architecture. It offers critical research training for students aspiring towards higher degree research pathways. Importantly, the unit deliberately brings together students from a set of cognate disciplines to encourage cross-disciplinary research knowledge and thinking.

Students are introduced to modes of inquiry that extend from conventional forms of text-based scholarship to visual exploration, technical investigation, field work and design-based research. Research and communication tools will be digital, analog, visual, diagrammatic and textual. The unit demonstrates through precedent study and literature survey the knowledge and skills that will increasingly become essential to the successful navigation of scholarly and professional futures in and between these fields.

Classes in seminar, workshop, field trip and lecture formats will comprise students from a mixture of disciplinary backgrounds. Students will be required to demonstrate capacities to undertake bibliographic searching, prepare literature (including precedent) surveys, form research questions and propositions, and deliver completed research proposals. Seminars in the second half of semester will be focused upon the development of students' own research proposals and the framing of projects.
Students are able to (1) search, source and critically review literature and precedent projects relevant to a chosen research topic; (2) comprehend and evaluate a range of discourses, concepts and terms as they apply to contemporary scholarship and practice; (3) identify and evaluate the appropriateness of research strategies and methodologies for a range of topics; and (4) prepare a research proposal with the potential to lead to advanced written and/or design outcomes..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) comprehensive literature and precedent review and (2) research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Christopher Vernon, Dr Julian Bolleter, Dr Kate Hislop
Unit rules
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture; URBD5820 Urban Design Research Methods
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
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