Research Methods and Analysis - ARCH8320

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Gordana Fontana-Giusti checkmark-circle

Overview

Students are introduced to the intellectual conditions under which the research in architecture and cities (urban design) is undertaken. They are given guidance that equips them with skills to formulate their dissertation and find the way around the increasingly diverse fields of knowledge. The module enhances the ability to formulate questions, communicate arguments and results. Students will be encouraged to exercise critical attitude and formulate new proposals. Students gain experience both by presenting their own research and in providing constructive criticism on the work of their peers. The sessions confer how to present arguments, use visual resources, think through and reflect, conduct interviews and improve presentation skills.

Details

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36 hours
Private study hours: 264 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

4000 Word Illustrated Essay (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Swetnam, D. (2000). Writing Your Dissertation: A guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work. Oxford: How To Books.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1 An ability to prepare and manage well-supported and critical analyses (written and oral) based on theory and empirical evidence covering a range of issues in relation to
culture, theory and urban design.
2 An ability to formulate viable, original and well-supported proposals and advice aimed at dealing with the complexity of urban design situations
3 Advanced negotiation skills and professional attitude in dealing with stakeholders
4 Research skills including the formulation of a conceptual framework and use of a range of information sources
5 Excellent graphic and presentation skills to be applied to the submission of written reports

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1 An ability to prepare and manage well-supported and critical analyses (written, visual and oral) based on theory and empirical evidence
2 An ability to reflect critically on own ideas by becoming more open and acquainted with unfamiliar ideas and practices
3 An ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment
4 An ability to negotiate and work as part of a team
5 An ability to systematically plan, carry through and manage a project programme in a given time
6 An ability to be self-critical about own work and constructive in how to address and progress it

Notes

  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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