ARCH 7039 - Independent Study (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

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 Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    Term Semester 2
    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
    Assessment Typically 30% preliminary presentation, 70% final report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Samer Akkach

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Define a problem in the natural or built environment.
    2. Apply appropriate techniques and knowledge to the solution or improved understanding of a problem in the natural or built environment.
    3. Apply professional standards such as report writing, graphical presentation, punctuality, working to deadlines and client relationships.
    4. Where appropriate, work in 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)

    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.

    3, 4

    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.

    2, 3

    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 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.

    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Please refer to the course syllabus on MyUni for further details.
    Recommended Resources
    Please refer to the course syllabus on MyUni for further details.
    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
    Please refer to the course syllabus on MyUni for further details.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their
    Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and
    self-guided studies.
    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 144 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 144 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 108 Hrs

    These 108 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same.
    Please organise your time wisely.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A course program and timetable with details of lectures, tutorials and activities is provided as an attachment to the course profile on MyUni.
    Please note there may be minor changes to the course program throughout the course.
    MyUni will always contain the most updated course program.
    It is important that students attend all the lectures and tutorials of the course in order to be able to target appropriately the key themes discussed each time.

    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1-3
    Tutorials 1-4
    Field surveys 1-4
    Case study analysis 1-4
  • 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
    Assessments are specific to the path you are following: Independent Study or Urban Eco-design Lab.
    For more details please look at the relevant MyUni pages.
    Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Length Learning Outcomes
    Design project Week 5 30% TBA 1-4
    Design project Week 12 70% TBA 1-4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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