Dissertation: Architecture and the Sustainable Environment - ARCH8990

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Module delivery information

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


Students will work independently to research in-depth a topic of their own choice in the field of sustainable architecture and built environment, to produce a 15,000 word document.

They will need to critically evaluate the state-of-the-art literature and develop the methodology for answering the formulated research questions. The subsequent methodology can vary depending on the selected topic (archives, monitoring, modelling, thermal simulation, etc.)

They will be supported by their tutor, developing their methodology and discussing the research results, but ultimately they will be responsible for the development of the final document.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Dissertation 15,000 words (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Derek Swetnam. (2004). Writing Your Dissertation: A guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work. Oxford: How To Books
Subject related – bibliography to be developed by student with the assistance of relevant supervisors and module related bibliographies.

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 A systematic understanding of existing work along with critical evaluation of state-of-the-art literature in the chosen field to formulate research hypotheses in the field of
sustainable architecture.
2 The ability to develop appropriate methodologies for achieving one's research objectives.
3 The ability to independently develop well supported critical analysis with a coherent argument based on theory and subsequent collected empirical evidence,
demonstrating holistic understanding of low energy buildings.

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

1 The ability to critically analyse material to form independent conclusions in relation to low energy buildings.
2 Systematic data sourcing, acquisition and evaluation to formulate arguments.
3 The ability to construct research hypotheses and arguments.
4 The ability to independently develop the capacity to conduct research.
5 The ability to develop extended reports enhancing their written communications 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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