DESST 4001B - Honours Design Studies Part 2
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 4001B Course Honours Design Studies Part 2 Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 24 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites DESST 4001A in previous Semester Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description Students will be required to undertake supervised research in one or two advanced topics, thereby developing a thorough understanding of appropriate research techniques. The outcome of this research will be submitted in the form of a thesis, substantial essay or research report including a survey of the literature relevant to the topic(s) chosen. The range of topics to be offered in any year will depend on staff availability.
Topics expected to be offered from time to time include:
Architectural & Landscape Architectural History
Australian Architectural & Landscape Architectural History
Australian Urban Design History & Practice
Computer Applications in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design
Conservation in the Built Environment
Criticism and Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Cross-Cultural Architectural & Landscape Architectural Topics
Dry-land Landscape Design
Heritage Conservation & Cultural Landscapes
Islamic Architecture & Garden Design
Issues in Sustainable Architecture & Urban Design
Plants in Design
South East Asian Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Theories in Modern Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Thermal Design of Buildings
Urban Design Histories & Theories
Urban Design in Islamic or South East Asian Places
Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan SharifiEvery student will have an honour supervisor based on their project.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesCourse Learning Outcomes
No information currently available.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Independently locate sources of information that will assist with the understanding of a real-world problem inArchitecture, Design, Landscape or Construction.
2 Critically evaluate the validity, coverage and gaps in such sources of information.
3 Develop a statement of a research question or hypothesis, identifying an issue of which there is incompleteunderstanding.
4 Design and execute an investigation, experiment or theoretical study to answer the research question.
5 Present the background and findings of the research investigation in a thesis, in a seminar and at poster exhibitions.
6 Apply an advanced level of theoretical and technical understanding to devise solutions to complex identifiedproblems.
7 Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and flexibly as a member of a team, contributing to team leadership asthe situation requires.
8 Demonstrate the ability to communicate, in writing and verbally, advanced technical concepts to both technicallyinformed and technically uninformed audiences.
9 Apply project management techniques to devise and synthesise engineering solutions to complex, open endedproblems.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesRequired resources for each project will be provided by the supervisors via Library resources.
Recommended ResourcesRequired resources are project dependent and will be provided to the students by their supervisors.
Attending at least 4 Friday seminars is recommended.
Online LearningOnline learning is possible upon agreement with the project supervisors.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWeekly individual project consultations (at most fortnightly)
Expectations from students:
Regular, punctual attendance at project meetings.
Consistent effort throughout the year totalling a minimum of 450 hours work.
Timely submission of assessed items satisfying the requirements in the course profile.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The Honours project is an important element of an undergraduate education.
It represents a substantial body of work and it is expected that students will spend 450 hours per year on their project.
Note that if this effort is confined to the 12-week teaching semesters, then it amounts to over 18 hours work per week.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1-3 Project definition and problem statement
Week 4-8 Literature Review and Gap
Week 9-11 Research Methods
Week 12-14 Project Update and Pilot Studies
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must maintain a GPA above 4.5 to enrol in the honours program in Architectural Design.
Students must have taken and successfully completed DESST 4001A in the semester 1 to take this course.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryOral presentation of the project in progress in Friday seminars between W10 and W14.
Thesis submission by 7 November - PDF format.
Students will be provided feedback after oral presentation by their supervisor and another internal staff member of ACE (ungraded)
70% overall honours grade will be applied after thesis submission by one internal and one external academics relevant to the topic (4 weeks lead time).
Assessment Related RequirementsThesis submissions will be evaluated based on:
1. Demonstrated knowledge of the topic
2. original research conducted
3. Written and verbal communication
4. Ability to respond to feedback
5. Potential for future publication
Assessment DetailThe final honours thesis is approximately 20,000 words:
The conventional thesis includes:
- Introduction (1000w)
- Literature review (6000w)
- Methodology (3000w)
- Results (5000w)
- Discussion (3000w)
- Conclusions (2000w)
Alternatively, two peer-reviewed papers (each 5000-8000w) can be joined by an introduction (1000w), further discussion (2000w) and conclusion (1000w) sections to form the thesis by publication.
Use a 12 pt font and 1.5 line spacing
Be submitted in electronic form in pdf format
Be succinctly written to cover the required topics
Include a title page and list of references
SubmissionHonours Thesis (approximately 20,000w)
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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