URBD5822 Urban Design Dissertation (part-time)

Credit
48 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This unit can be taken full-time or part-time. The content of this unit depends on which of the two modes of research a student wishes to conduct across the course of a full year: (1) 100 per cent written dissertation of length 12,000–18,000 words; or (2) 100 per cent design project and a design essay equivalent to 12,000–18,000 words. The academic objectives across both are similar: (1) to afford students an opportunity to develop specialised expertise in an area of theory and/or practice in urban design, as developed with the unit coordinator; (2) to develop a research methodology appropriate to a particular design problem or research investigation; (3) to demonstrate competence in communication of analytical conclusions and design ideas, in a scholarly and professional manner using written, graphic and oral expression; (4) to develop the discipline of working within a self-imposed schedule (under close supervision), meeting specified interim presentation dates and final deadlines; (5) to explore a hypothesis, question or design project which contains pressing urban issues of relevance to a sufficient level of resolution to warrant masters qualification; and (6) to explore urban design theory and then apply and test that theory through design application and bring to bear the knowledge accumulated through the first year of coursework on a particular urban design issue or site.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop the ability to define and pursue a research program at master's degree level; (2) demonstrate expertise in a particular locale and related urban design issues that would distinguish the student in the market and establish the student for further PhD study so as to become an expert in a given aspect of contemporary urban design; (3) have the capacity to produce scholarly written text; (4) have the capacity to produce sophisticated and resolved urban designs that demonstrate a degree of depth appropriate to the research question embedded in the formation of the project; and (5) understand how urban design theory and urban design praxis interrelate.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: 100 per cent written dissertation of length 12,000–18,000 words or (2) 100 per cent design project (and a design essay) equivalent to 12,000–18,000 words. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Anthony Duckworth-Smith
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
A weighted average mark in the first year (48 points) Master of Urban Design of at least 60% or equivalent as recognised by the School on the recommendation of the Urban Design Program (UDP) Academic Committee
Note
This unit is taught by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.
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  • 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.