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APL8007 : Design Thesis MALAS

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charlotte Veal
  • Visiting Lecturer: Mr Geoff Whitten
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To develop advanced research and design skills.
To address a well-defined design issue or question.
To develop a design response to the issues raised by the research.

Outline Of Syllabus

This is a thesis module, during which students work on a self-selected site and project. Live in studio
group tutorials, individual supervision, and formal reviews are conducted to support and monitor progress.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Pip. Core themes in research design (lit. review, ethics, risk assessment etc)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Final review, present in person
Guided Independent StudyProject work1554:00554:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision54:0020:00Present in person including Group tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision54:0020:00PIP. Individual tutorial meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The final project of APL8006 (a pre-requisite module) is used to prepare students for their design thesis.
For the design thesis, students are supported in their learning through briefings group working), tutorials and critical review Tutorials and review are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress. Studio tuition and review sessions allow for the Tutors to assist and encourage students in the development of their design thesis.
Contact hours combine live in studio individual and group tutorial sessions. Group sessions allow for covering overarching priorities (developing concepts, site proposal etc), addressing common challenges/questions as well as face to face peer contact whereas individual sessions enable targeted reviews. The design studio pedagogy is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own creative work and research. Landscape Architecture pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj3M100Students to produce:concpt sht, site propsl, detailed area, indicative constrctin dtls, planting strat, visual, short report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The second project in APL8006 involves selecting a site, producing a brief and undertaking some survey work for a thesis design undertaken over the summer months. This ensures that the students get off to a good start in the studio. They then produce a concept, a site proposal, a plan of a detailed area, indicative construction details, a planting strategy and visualisations of the proposed design (which may include virtual or analogue models). Students also write a short design statement of between 2,000-4,000 words exploring the theoretical basis and site analysis for the proposed design. Interim critical reviews will occur at key points in the design process, prior to the final assessment review. Feedback is provided at interim reviews on a formative basis.
The final critical review is the occasion for summative assessment of the project work. Students are subsequently required to submit their drawn and written work to Canvas for archiving purposes. No alterations to the drawn or written work is permitted between the critical review and the Canvas submission

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