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Unit Overview


This unit is an independent design project taken over two consecutive semesters. Parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. Students undertake a supervised but independent design research project in which the investigation and critical design processes are formulated by the student. The project must have a theoretical and research base (Part 1), provide a comprehensive exploration of a landscape design brief and demonstrate a synthesis of critical design thinking.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate mastery of landscape architectural design skills needed in response to the requirements set out in the outcome of Part 1; (2) develop a sound conceptual design, with an appropriate level of technical resolution, depending on the nature of the project; and (3) clearly and effectively communicate design ideas in a professional manner.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: design 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
Successful completion of
Unit(s) LACH5510 Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1
LACH5510 Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1 (ID 5296)
Contact hours
up to 1 hour per week (on average) of individual consultation and seminar
Independent design research project should demonstrate critical design processes and come with an innovative design solution. The project must provide a comprehensive exploration of a landscape design brief and demonstrate advanced design thinking. This part is a logical continuation of Part 1.
Format: combination of results of site analysis (diagrams, tables, photos, drawings), design and supportive written text, A3 paper. Illustrations or/and sketches (with titles and indication of reference sources) are important part.
Structure: introduction (identification on the main theme/problem and design intent), background information, possible methodology, design process, master plan (design scenario), details, perspectives, 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.