ARCH 7039 - Independent Study (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code ARCH 7039 Course Independent Study (M) Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment 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 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 Coordinator: Dr Elisa Palazzo
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn completion of the course students will be able to:
- 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
- Apply appropriate techniques and knowledge to the solution, response, or improved understanding of this problem or question.
- 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.
- 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
1,2 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
4 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
Various readings, assignment resources and recommended resources will be available on MyUni.
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 ResourcesRecommended 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 LearningUniversity 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 ModesPlease 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 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
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 SummaryA 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.
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 SummaryAssessments 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 Related RequirementsAssessments 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 DetailAssessments 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.
No information currently available.
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.
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