ARCT08040 2019 Research + Engagement: Dissertation 1
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.
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 assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.
- Selecting dissertation subject
- Researching methodologies
- Academic writing
- Working with a supervisor
- General presentation techniques
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|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
|Tutorial||Flat Classroom||Dissertation tutorial||1||Weekly||1.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2007 The Dissertation: An Architecture Student's Handbook Architectural Press
2013 Architectural Research Methods Wiley & Sons
2014 Urban Literacy: Reading and Writing Architecture Nai010
2012 Writing About Architecture: Mastering The Language of Buildings and Cities Princeton Architectural Press
see module handbook
see module handbook
see module hand book
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 https://play.google.com/books.
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].