LACH5503 Independent Dissertation Part 1

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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
LACH4505 Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture
Contact hours
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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.
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