Postgraduate

APL8012 : Design Thesis MLA (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

Design thesis module for MA Landscape Architecture.

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. The students will work on a selected theme and area through an individual major design project. There is no formal syllabus as such as this is self-directed independent research. Group tutorials, individual supervision and formal reviews will be conducted to support and monitor progress.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical17:007:00Final review
Guided Independent StudyProject work1541:00541:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision105:0050:00Includes individual and group tutorials
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The final project of APL 8006 (a prerequisite module) is used to prepare students for their design thesis. Further refinement of their approach takes place during ARC8120 Design Research Methods. Students are then supported through their Thesis Design by regular tutorials and critical reviews.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M100Design Thesis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students to produce: concept sheet, site proposal, detailed area, indicative construction details, planting strategy, visual, short report

The second project in APL8006 involves selecting a site, producing a brief and undertaking some initial survey work for a thesis design undertaken over the second semester of Stage 2 ARC8120, taught during Stage 2, Semester 1, allows students the opportunity to deepen their thinking about their sites and projects and the sorts of issues and challenges they embody.

In the Design Thesis module they are required to 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 report of between 2,000-4,000 words exploring the theoretical basis and site analysis for the proposed design. Three 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.

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