LACH5510 Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Content
This unit is an independent design project taken over two consecutive semesters. Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the unit. Students can commence in either semester. Students undertake a supervised but independent design research project in which the investigation and critical landscape design processes are formulated by the student. The project must have a theoretical and research base and provide a comprehensive exploration of landscape design theories and methodologies. This forms the base document for Part 2 (landscape design project).
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop a coherent theoretical foundation for a landscape design project (the basis for part 2-landscape design project); (2) develop a coherent research methodology and perform critical analysis; and (3) clearly and effectively communicate theoretical concepts in a professional manner..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: final folio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maria Ignatieva
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
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)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Note
Your project must have a clear research base and demonstrate a synthesis of critical design thinking. This part is a preparation for the Part 2.
Format: combination of written text and supporting illustrations (from 6000 to 7000 words excluding abstract, footnotes and bibliography), A4 paper. Text should be accompanied by illustrations or/and sketches (with titles and indication of reference sources).
Structure: abstract (not more than 300 words); introduction (identification on the main theme/problem), research questions, background theoretical information, possible methodology, case studies related to the chosen topic (minimum 3); discussion, conclusion and the reference list. Identify problem and clearly explain an intent and rational and why you decided to use this particular theme.
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