DSGN09010 2013 Architectural Dissertaion Masters

General Details

Full Title
Architectural Dissertaion Masters
Transcript Title
Architectural Dissertaion MA
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
15 - 15 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Michael Roulston, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Emmet O'Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_M09 201300 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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

·         Findings

·         Conclusion and synthesis

However, the structure and weighting of sessions/chapters may vary greatly with the nature of the study.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Dissertation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Dissertation 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self directed 15 Weekly 15.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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

Other Resources


Additional Information

Research supervision allocated at additional 30 minutes per student per week