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DESC9300: Research in Arch. and Design Science

This unit aims to prepare students for undertaking a research project in the various sub-disciplines of Architectural Science. It begins with the workshop-based discussion about how to identify ‘knowledge gap’ from which an interesting and significant research question can be formulated. It highlights principles of experimental design and methods of data collection and analysis. You will be working closely together with your individual supervisor to fully establish research questions, transform them into testable hypotheses, and develop reliable and valid research methods. Students will be given an opportunity to fully present their research ideas and plans in the form of written research proposal and oral presentation. Prior to the enrolment, students are expected to find and appoint their individual supervisor who’s research interest and expertise are closely aligned with that of the student. This unit in combination with other 12 credit point research unit (either Report or Dissertation) may replace the capstone with the permission of the Program Director.

Code DESC9300
Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. understand the definition of research as the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings (including synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes)
  • LO2. understand the development of well-formed research questions, and master the transformation of research questions into testable hypotheses in a research proposal
  • LO3. identify gaps in the literature related to the proposed research, such that the novelty of the student’s approach to answering the identified research question can be clearly established
  • LO4. appreciate the principal traditions underlying the work done in empirical research and to be able justify the methodology in the proposed research as both reliable and valid
  • LO5. evaluate the potential impact of the proposed research, and to clearly identify the connection between research purpose and research design.