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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two semesters and parts one and two must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester one or semester two. The unit (Part 1) allows students to develop research skills and requires the presentation of a dissertation of approximately 6000 to 8000 words. Research topics may be of a design, historical, ecological or theoretical nature and related to landscape architecture, and are to be agreed on between the student and a nominated supervisor from the permanent academic staff, and approved by the unit coordinator. The dissertation must have a clear research base, relate strongly to landscape architecture and demonstrate a synthesis of critical design thinking. This part is a preparation for the Part 2 and should provide a clear visible theoretical foundation for Part 2.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop a relevant bibliography of information sources and research a chosen landscape architectural topic to a substantial depth; (2) clearly state and sustain a thesis with a clearly substantiated argument and critical engagement with dissertation topic; and (3) provide a clear theoretical foundation for Part2 LACH5504.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: Dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maria Ignatieva
Unit rules
Completion of at least 48 points of study and a current weighted average mark in the Master of Landscape Architecture of at least 70% and a mark of at least 70% in ARLA4506 Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Contact hours
up to 1 hour per week (on average) of individual consultation and seminar
Format: combination of written text and supporting illustrations (minimum 6000 words (excluding abstract, footnotes and bibliography), A4 paper.
Structure: abstract (not more than 300 words); introduction (identification on the main theme/problem), research questions and hypothesis, background theoretical foundation, possible methodology, results, discussion, conclusion and the reference list.
  • 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.