ARCT08040 2019 Research + Engagement: Dissertation 1

General Details

Full Title
Research + Engagement: Dissertation 1
Transcript Title
Research + Engagement: Dissert
80 %
Subject Area
ARCT - Architecture
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Deirdre Greaney, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Mary Byrne
Programme Membership
SG_VARCH_H08 201900 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) SG_VARCH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours)

This module enables students to prepare their dissertation proposal, through the selection of a topic that connects to place, existing buildings, interior and environment. The student will develop their capacity to produce writing of a high academic standard that adheres to the conventions of academic writing and research methods. Also the student will consolidate their communication and organisational skills as well as develop a systematic approach to gathering and analysing data.

The module aims to:

  • explore issues in contemporary architectural theory by relating them to architectural practice
  • investigate the significance of theoretical issues to architectural practice through key examples.
  • enable students to understand their own design ideas in the context of issues from contemporary theory and practice
  • encourage self‑led research into contemporary architectural practice and theory.
  • develop students ability to develop and compile an academic dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Communicate and research to a high standard, demonstrating the conventions of academic writing and research methods


Review current literature in chosen topic area in order to construct a relevant research question showing an awareness of current architectural discourse.


Demonstrate an ability to collect and synthesise data.


Position their research area within architectural, social, historical and cultural discourse


Demonstrate an ability to construct interdisciplinary inquiry in relation to place, existing buildings, interior and environment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Architectural Context and Theory: Dissertation I is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials.  Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment deliverables address the module learning outcomes. The assessment strategy focuses on the student's introduction to the subject Architectural Context and Theory: Dissertation I through:

  • Research and visual methodologies
  • Information literacy skills
  • Written composition
  • Oral presentation

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.​

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • Selecting dissertation subject
  • Researching methodologies
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing
  • Editing
  • Working with a supervisor
  • General presentation techniques

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Dissertation proposal Continuous Assessment Essay 100 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Dissertation tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007 The Dissertation: An Architecture Student's Handbook Architectural Press

Required Reading
2013 Architectural Research Methods Wiley & Sons

Required Reading
2014 Urban Literacy: Reading and Writing Architecture Nai010

Required Reading
2012 Writing About Architecture: Mastering The Language of Buildings and Cities Princeton Architectural Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see module handbook

Journal Resources

see module handbook

URL Resources

see module hand book

Other Resources

Recommended Reading:

Borden, I & Ruedi, R. K. (2006). The dissertation: an architecture student’s handbook. London, UK: Elsevier/Architectural Press.

Golden-Biddle, K., & Locke, K. (2007). Composing qualitative research [google books version]. Retrieved from

Groat, L. & Wang, D. (2013). Architectural research methods. Hoboken, USA: John Wiley & Sons.

Lucas, R. (2016). Research methods for architecture. London, UK: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

Ridley, D. (2012). The literature review: A step-by-step guide for students. Sage.

Spector, T., & Damron, R. (2017). How architects write. Taylor & Francis.

Thomas, G. (2013). How to do your research project: A guide for students in education and applied social sciences (2nd ed.) [Kindle E-Reader version].