DSGN08048 2013 Architectural Context Dissertation

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Context Dissertation
Transcript Title
Arch Context 4a
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Cliona Brady, Emmet O'Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

This module will explore the influence of theoretical issues in architecture on the practice of architecture. In addition it will allow students to develop their own area of special interest in architecture through a series of presentation methodologies. Students will compile a 5,000 word dissertation submitted in support of candidature for a BA in Interior Architecture (honours) Level 8 degree.

The module aims

·         To explore issues in contemporary architectural theory by relating them to architectural practice

·         To investigate the significance of theoretical issues to architectural practice through key examples.

·         To enable students to understand their own design ideas in the context of issues from contemporary theory     and practice

·         To encourage self-led research into contemporary architectural practice and theory

.         To develop student’s ability to compile written work to the standard of an academic dissertation

Learning Outcomes

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


Critically appraise their ideas  and relate them to the designs and works of others


Exhibit detailed knowledge of the cultural influences on specialised areas within the practice of architecture and design


Compile an academic dissertation on a specialist area within the practice of architecture and design

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment of individual and/or group presentations and debate. Summative assessment of student’s research and findings  as compiled in the written dissertation.

Indicative Syllabus

A 5,000 word dissertation submitted in support of candidature for a BA in Interior Architecture (honours) Level 8 degree

The Dissertation should be based on an areas of interest derived from the vision points for the Interior Architecture programme.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation Interim Presentation Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2
2 Essay Dissertation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Dissertation 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Alexander, C., (1977), A Pattern Language: O.U.P

Bachelard G, (1992), The Poetics of Space, Beacon Press

Ching, Francis D.K, Architecture, Form, Space, and Order, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996

Ching, Francis, D. K, Interior Design Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987

Ching, Francis, D. K, Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975

Lawson, Bryan, How Designers Think, Architectural Press, 2006

Pile, John, F, Interior Design, Harry N Abrams, 1995

Pile, John, F, Colour in Interior Design, McGraw-Hill, 1997

Yee, Rendow, Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, John Wiley & Sons, 1997

Other Resources
  • Field trip budget
Additional Information

Additional dissertation supervision allocated at 30 minutes per student per week as per Institute guidelines