DSGN09010 2013 Architectural Dissertaion Masters
Students will develop their skills in design research methods, analysis of design precedents, and critical interpretation in relation to the field of interior architecture, through the completion of a 12 000 word dissertation. The dissertation will be relevant to the student’s interests and the programme vision.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Extend and challenge current architectural discourse from a position of broad knowledge
Distil from diverse experiences useful and sustaining insights which can be harnessed in articulating future purpose and direction within architecture
Module Assessment Strategies
Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes individual work, mainly essays, projects, tests presentations, and debate.
The dissertation shall be completed during the first term of Stage 6 of the Masters in Interior architecture. The proposal must be approved at the conclusion of the first year of the Masters Program, as an assignment for the Research Methods Module. The content of the dissertation will vary according to its design and the methodology chosen.
Some consideration may be given to the word count if the study comprises a largely visual analysis, but the standard word count shall be 12 000 words. All dissertations must include a literature review and some original research, which may be factual and/ or theoretical.
The following is a possible example of the breakdown of the tasks included within the dissertation
· Research problem and question
· Aims of the investigation
· Theoretical approaches and methodology
· Literature review
· Data collection and analysis
· Conclusion and synthesis
However, the structure and weighting of sessions/chapters may vary greatly with the nature of the study.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Continuous Assessment Dissertation||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||100 %||OnGoing||1,2|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||self directed||15||Weekly||15.00|
Kliment. S (1998) Writing for Design Professionals. W.W. Norton & Co., London
Lange, A. (2012) Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities, Princeton Architectural Press, New York
Spector, T. & Damron, R. (2013) How Architects Write, Routledge, London
Wiseman, C. (2013) Writing Architecture, Trinity University Press, San Antonio
Research supervision allocated at additional 30 minutes per student per week