ARCH 7039 - Independent Study (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course provides an opportunity to students to work independently on a chosen topic under the guidance of a supervisor. The topic of study can either be offered by the supervisor or proposed by the student and has to be mutually agreed by both parties.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7039
    Course Independent Study (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) and M.LArch students only
    Course Description This course provides an opportunity to students to work independently on a chosen topic under the guidance of a supervisor. The topic of study can either be offered by the supervisor or proposed by the student and has to be mutually agreed by both parties.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Elisa Palazzo

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the course students will be able to:
    1. Define a problem or question relevant to the discourse and/or practice of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or related frameworks concerned with the shaping of the natural or built environment
    2. Apply appropriate techniques and knowledge to the solution, response, or improved understanding of this problem or question.
    3. Prepare and deliver outputs appropriate to CLO 2 above, which may include theses, reports, design presentations incorporating graphical, visual, and spatial content, prototypes, etc., to sufficient professional and intellectual standards, where appropriate including performance aspects such as punctuality, working to deadlines, and managing client relationships.
    4. Where appropriate, work as member of a team in addressing a specific project.

    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)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Various readings, assignment resources and recommended resources will be available on MyUni.
    Basic equipment:
    It is expected that each student will bring equipment to the tutorials to enable drawing, design and presentation including but not limited to:
    Paper and trace paper for drawing
    Pens, pencils, color markers, rulers, etc. i.e anything you use to design or draw
    Printouts of research or reference material required for that studio
    Digital equipment such as phones, ipads, laptops

    Outside of class times students will be expected to conduct site visits and will require the following as a minimum:
    Digital camera capable of storing a large amount of photos
    Clipboard, pens, paper etc.

    Journal:You are required to maintain an A4 size journal for course notes & weekly tasks. It is preferable to use a notebook with
    unruled pages to assist with drawing.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended readings:
    A recommended reading list is provided as an attachment to the course profile on MyUni which will aid you in the
    coursework and assignments. 

    Speaker Series and Public Conferences:The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office in due course. In order to expand their knowledge of contemporary directions in design
    the students are warmly recommended to attend these sessions and any Public Conference related to the topics of the course announced through MyUni during the semester.
    Online Learning
    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that all the students check their email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course
    including details of assignments and interim grades. Therefore it is recommended that all the students familiarise yourself with the various
    functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.

    Discussion Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at

    A MyUni page was specifically created for the students of the Urban Eco-Design Lab:
    The Web Site of the Urban Eco-design Lab is
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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