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Environment/Behaviour Methods for Design examines a range of research methodologies that designers can use to inform their design thinking. This subject is geared to planning and design students who want to learn a range of research field methods and their application for use in their studies (e.g. site analysis, thesis research). Students studying landscape architecture, urban design and planning will benefit from the tool box of evidence-based environment behaviour (EB) methods covered in this subject. Students learn how to use various methods to study how people, and groups of people, use, perceive and think about built urban spaces to inform their design and planning decision-making. Methods covered in this subject are primary those derived from environmental psychological, which have been developed for addressing a range of environment behaviour research questions. Students will develop a working knowledge of various research methods and their applications, with a focus on urban environments and their users’ needs and preferences. The subject encompasses lectures, case studies, readings and fieldwork-based projects and includes, but is not limited to, methods for behavioural mapping and systematic observation of spaces, measuring responses to visual stimuli, user surveys and interviews and a range of other useful methods. Students will engage in fieldwork in collecting data, both qualitative and quantitively, on human/environment interactions within the context of real-world urban environments. Methods for data analysis, representing findings and their translation into design decision-making are also covered.
Intended learning outcomes
- Use of environment/behaviour (E/B) data collection field methods
- Analyse of data collected using E/B field methods
- Design and planning research methodologies
- Communicate E/R research findings
- Critical review of published E/B research
- Use of E/B research results to inform design and planning thinking
- critical reading, thinking and analysis
- seeking, evaluating and retrieving information
- Skills in the use of environment/behaviour research methods
- Comprehension of complex environment/behaviour concepts
- Ability to express research findings in writing, orally and graphically
- Ability to work individually and in groups.
Last updated: 22 November 2019