Independent Research Project - ARCH8450

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 60 (30) Howard Griffin checkmark-circle


Students develop their communication and research skills to a high professional standard in an academic or industrial setting. Students elect to produce a theoretical, interdisciplinary or practice-based response in a topic related to the field of study. Working with an assigned tutor; students develop a research proposal, incorporating a methodology and schedule for the work. Students are expected to develop their ability to gather and synthesize data, as well as to analyse it in a coherent and convincing manner. In addition, they are expected to situate their own investigation in the broader context of architecture. Interdisciplinary investigations that further inform architectural thinking are encouraged.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20 hours
Private study hours: 580 hours
Total study hours: 600 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Independent Research Project (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Biggam, J. (2011). Succeeding with your master's dissertation: a step-by-step handbook. Maidenhead: Open University Press (available as an e-book)
Borden, I. (2006). The dissertation an architecture student's handbook. Amsterdam: Architectural.
Swetnam, D. (2004). Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present successful 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 demonstrate an advanced understanding of the field of architectural visualisation, and the ways in which theory informs current practice
2 An ability to carry out bibliographical and archival research to establish the cultural and professional context of architectural visualisation
3 The ability to experiment with the use of a wide range of creative methods and to demonstrate an advanced understanding of their application
4 An understanding of the complete process of project creation, from the initial analysis and development of a brief to the actual design.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 The ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, to share tasks equitably and to communicate with different specialists
2 The ability to carry out independent research, establishing research objectives, constructing valid research hypotheses and expressing reasoned arguments, grounded by
critical reference to carefully identified existing scholarship
3 The ability to express research results in an efficient, legible way, through the development of advanced presentation skills


  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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