To qualify for enrolment in the one-year, full-time honours program a student must have qualified for the award of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture pass degree, or an equivalent degree from another university, with a weighted average mark of at least 70.
Before making their application a prospective honours student must develop a dissertation topic and receive confirmation from an appropriate member of full-time or fractional academic or research staff that they are willing to supervise them. It is also possible to have an associate supervisor where a student’s research topic extends beyond the immediate expertise of their primary supervisor.
Honours must be undertaken full time over two consecutive semesters. It comprises four units of study (ARCH4003 and ARCH4004 in the first semester and ARCH4005 and ARCH4006 in the second semester).
There are no formal classes. Honours students are expected to make arrangements for weekly contact with their supervisor on an individual basis to chart their work, receive advice, review and monitor progress.
A student undertaking a dissertation shall:
A student may lodge the dissertation for examination bound in either a temporary or permanent form according to the following conditions:
A student must lodge the final dissertation in a permanent form according to the following conditions:
Students who do not complete the honours year will be awarded the pass degree. Those who terminate their study prior to the end of the second semester of study will be awarded a grade of 'DC' or 'Discontinue without failure'.
Students who fail or discontinue the honours program may not re-enrol in it, except with the approval of the Dean.
A candidate's performance shall be assessed by a Principal Examiner and two other examiners. The Principal Examiner shall normally be the Degree Program Director unless otherwise nominated by the Dean. After consultation with the supervisor, the Principal Examiner shall appoint two examiners to examine the dissertation.
The Principal Examiner is appointed to oversee the examination process within the policies of the University for the assessment and examination of coursework.
The role of the Principal Examiner is to:
The examiners shall report to the Principal Examiner.
The Dean shall, on the recommendation of the Principal Examiner, award the degree of Bachelor of Design in Architecture with honours whenever the following sections are satisfied:
The Dean, on the recommendation of the Principal Examiner, will determine the class of honours, if any, on the overall performance of the candidate in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture using a mark derived from weighting the mark for the honours dissertation at 70 percent and the weighted average mark of the pass degree at 30 percent.
The honours dissertation itself receives a mark, which is recorded on the transcript next to ARCH4006. The other units will be converted to 'SR' for 'Satisfied requirements' upon successful completion of the dissertation.
The honours degree of Bachelor of Design in Architecture shall be awarded to eligible students, with the following grades:
The University Medal may be awarded as described in the frequently asked questions section.
A candidate for the honours program who does not meet the requirements for award of honours shall be awarded the Bachelor of Design in Architecture pass degree.
The Dean may also recommend that an unsuccessful candidate be permitted to prepare for re-examination if of sufficient merit and the supervisor has so recommended.
On successful completion of the program students will be able to:
|No.||Course learning outcome||Graduate quality||Graduate quality||Graduate quality||Graduate quality|
|1||Exercise ethical judgement based on a sound understanding of the fundamental concerns of the discipline of architecture and the ways that its knowledge and practices are shared, assessed and accepted.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Integrated professional, ethical and personal identity|
|Appraise the multiple criteria of architectural design, including programmatic, thematic, structural and environmental concerns, and synthesise these in persuasive architectural projects that are conceptually grounded and technically adept.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Critical thinking and Problem solving||Inventiveness||
|3||Demonstrate comprehension of the key ideas, movements and protagonists in historical and contemporary architectural discourse, and critique them using the conventions of humanities research.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Critical thinking and Problem solving||
Communication (oral and written)
|Integrated professional, ethical and personal identity|
|4||Identify and examine the technical and environmental factors acting on architectural design, and devise integrated solutions using evidence-based criteria.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Critical thinking and Problem solving||
|5||Employ well-developed skills in various modes of architectural representation, including drawings and models, to develop and communicate architectural propositions.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Critical thinking and Problem solving||Information and Digital literacy||Communication (oral and written)|
|6||Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary contexts to address complex built environment problems, accommodating differing cultural values and practices to promote just outcomes and enact positive change.||Cultural competence||Interdisciplinary effectiveness||Integrated professional, ethical and personal identity||Influence|
|7||Respond to the challenges of new knowledges and practices in architecture, including emergent technologies, to arrive at novel solutions to complex problems.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Information and Digital literacy||Inventiveness||
|8||Demonstrate a working knowledge of the regulatory and legal frameworks within which the architectural profession operates, and formulate and justify decisions made in these contexts using appropriate terminology.||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Communication (oral and written)||Information and Digital literacy||Integrated professional, ethical and personal identity|
|9||Navigate the differing theoretical underpinnings, methodologies and conventions of various modes of architectural research to successfully conduct a substantial independent research project.||Critical thinking and Problem solving||Communication (oral and written)||Depth of disciplinary expertise||Influence|
Bachelor of Design in Architecture
|Students are required to complete the following units of study:|
|Unit of study||Credit points||A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites
C: Corequisites N: Prohibition
Dissertation and Research Methods A
Dissertation and Research Methods B
Dissertation and Research Methods C
Dissertation and Research Methods D