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ARCH9046: Dissertation 2

ARCH9045 and ARCH9046 Dissertation 1 and 2 are only available to candidates with permission from an appropriate supervisor. Planning students should take PLAN9010 and PLAN9011 Planning Dissertations 1 and 2. Students enrol over two semesters (ARCH9045 then ARCH9046). The units are not assessed separately - a single dissertation is required. The appointment of a supervisor will depend on the topic chosen for the dissertation by the student. It should allow the student to pursue an area of interest in greater depth than is possible in coursework or to investigate an area of interest that is not covered in coursework. The student should learn how to set objectives and organise a program of work; identify and analyse relevant published and unpublished data; and evaluate that information in relation to existing knowledge. The dissertation will normally involve a critical review of published material in a specified subject area, but it may also be an experimental or theoretical investigation, a feasibility study, a case study, a computer program, or other work demonstrating the student's analytical ability. The dissertation should be 15,000 to 25,000 words in length. The dissertation should contain a literature review, a research methodology, analysis of data, a discussion of results and conclusions. The dissertation will be judged on the extent and quality of the student's work, and in particular on how critical, perceptive and constructive the student has been in assessing his or her own work and that of others. Dissertations are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled for Dissertation 2. The assessment is based solely on the submission of your dissertation. The dissertation is generally marked by two examiners.

Code ARCH9046
Academic unit Architecture
Credit points 12

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify interesting research topics within a field of study, considering the relevant research literature
  • LO2. formulate appropriate research methods for topics
  • LO3. execute planned research
  • LO4. interpret the results of research
  • LO5. communicate research effectively in writing

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.