Architectural Thesis Methods and Preparation - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Preliminary dissertation (20%) , Assessments - Interim dissertation (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Students will develop skills and knowledge in architectural research methods, leading to the preparation of an architectural dissertation proposal. This Proposal includes an extensive study of relevant literature, research methods, exemplars and precedents in the selected field of study as it relates to the discipline of architecture.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. prioritise concepts theories and approaches to determine and formulate a research focus for further development
  2. develop a proposal using critical thinking analytical writing self-reflection and theoretical discourse skills relevant to the focus of the study
  3. assess the value of research theories and methods as appropriate to the architectural discipline in order to make judgements and discriminate between ideas
  4. create a research proposal in preparation for completing a self-directed research project relevant to the discipline of architecture within a broad cultural context.
  • Assessment — Preliminary dissertation (20%)
  • Assessments — Interim dissertation (30%)
  • Dissertation — Final dissertation (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Research
2Starting the Research
3Reviewing Literature for Research
4Research Methods in Architecture
5Writing a Research Proposal
6One-on-one time with your supervisor

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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