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Modules

ARC8117 : Design thesis or dissertation

Semesters
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

The module is organised into separate specialist routes as follows:

•Architecture and Cities (1 year)
•Property Development

The following programmes will also share this module:

•Urban Design

Some routes may share teaching, others may remain separate. The decision about whether a student takes a dissertation or design thesis will be specified by individual route leaders. Although the different routes have different emphases, in broad terms the module aims to:

•Provide students with experience in dissertation research or design thesis processes and methodology by defining and studying a problem related to their own interests
•Develop an ability to evaluate and analyse dissertation research or design thesis findings according to explicit criteria
•Develop a response to the issues raised by their dissertation research or design thesis

Outline Of Syllabus

Both the dissertation and design thesis project is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research.

For the design thesis, students will work on a selected theme and area through an individual major design thesis project. The research proposal developed in ARC8120 will be developed into a more comprehensive design report, which supports the design thesis project, and in a format approved by the route leader.

For the dissertation, the research developed in ARC8120 will be developed into a complete dissertation. Students work mainly independently, but in association with a supervisor to develop drafts of their dissertation.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1528:00528:00N/A
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design studio is the integrative environment where students can synthesise knowledge from other modules and develop their understanding and skills in the context of a design problem set by tutors. Students are supported in their learning through briefings, lectures, group tutorials and critical reviews. Tutorials and reviews are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress.

A submitted design report will allow the assessment of: students’ comprehensive understanding of a specific topic
related to emergent design methods and practices and, cognitive skills (e.g. critical reasoning, problem solving, etc.),
and transferable skills with respect to the structuring of ideas and presenting them orally and in writing, independent
learning through self-directed study and research, and in managing time and resources.

For the dissertation, teaching is provided through seminars/ tutorials with an allocated supervisor. Student and supervisor will jointly establish the scope and focus of the project. Students are responsible for maintaining regular contact with their selected supervisors.

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 proj3A10012,000 – 15,000 word dissertation, OR 4,000 - 8,000 word design report alongside a substantial design thesis project.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

For the design thesis, the development of design skills is assessed through the traditional method of critical review, where students give a visual and oral presentation of their work to an audience of tutors and peers. The work is discussed and the tutors assess the work against the criteria set out in the project brief. These marks are moderated by another tutor or tutors. Feedback is given orally during the review and as a set of written comments later.
A 5-10,000 word report will explain the rationale behind the design thesis and make up 15% of the mark; the remaining 85% is allocated to the design thesis project.

Please note that for the property development route students produce a 5-10,000 word report, which explains the rationale behind the design thesis and make up 15% of the mark; a development appraisal makes up a further 15% of the mark; the remaining 70% is allocated to the design thesis project.

For the dissertation, initially every dissertation is marked by two readers. If there is a significant difference in their judgement it is read by a third reader in order to reach a final resolution of the mark.

Reading Lists

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