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Compositional Analysis (ABPL90121)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2018

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Year of offerNot available in 2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90121
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Students will undertake a series of drawn analyses of chosen architectural works to identify compositional tactics, to interpret architectural theories and the ideological and philosophical positions of particular architects.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should have developed the ability to:

  • Graphically analyse architectural works;
  • Identify and interpret major architectural theories and philosophical positions, and their modes of expression;
  • Interpret and speculate on the contemporary consequences of previous architectural developments.

Generic skills

  • Use of graphical presentations to analyse, design and communicate;
  • Appropriate use of technical terminology;
  • Analysis and synthesis of data;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples;
  • Methods of documentation and presentation.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Assignment 1: Compositional design research exercises with written and graphic components, due week 4, 30%, 1500 words.

Assignment 2: Compositional design analysis exercises with written and graphic components, due week 7, 30%, 1500 words.

Assignment 3: Proposed design analysis exercises with written and graphic components, due week 12, 40%, 2000 words.

Dates & times

Not available in 2018

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018