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This subject is the culmination of each student's studies in the Master of Architectural Engineering. It will offer a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate an original approach to research and design synthesising, in architecture and engineering. The capstone thesis is co-taught between the faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and the Melbourne School of Engineering, providing an interdisciplinary environment for students. The subject is designed to provide students with an enriching experience that immerses them in a dual architectural-engineering research and design environment, fit for the double accreditation of their degree.
Students will be expected to demonstrate their aptitude to conduct research and contribute to the existing body of knowledge in architectural and engineering theory and practice.
The specific outputs of the thesis in terms of design and research will be determined on a case by case basis, with course coordinator approval.
Intended learning outcomes
- Search, analyse and document engineering science, architecture, and other literature in order to determine the need for further research in a chosen area;
- Demonstrate a capacity to make a contribution to the existing body of knowledge in architectural and engineering theory and practice;
- Demonstrate critical awareness of how the student's chosen specialisation contributes to the relevant body of knowledge;
- Synthesize an hypothesis to be tested;
- Devise a methodology of investigation to test the hypothesis;
- Collect and analyse a range of data (qualitative and/or quantitative) and/or undertake computer modelling and simulation to implement the methodology;
- Demonstrate an understanding of design as a form of research inquiry;
- Write project reports that follow good research practice;
- Present the findings of an investigation using multiple media (such as posters, slide-show projections, physical models, videos, and others as relevant) accompanied by an oral presentation
- Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the architectural engineering discipline
- Correct use of architectural engineering terminology
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing, verbally and graphically
- Ability to manage information and documentation
- Capacity for creativity and innovation in response to complex problems
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
Last updated: 6 December 2019