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Compositional Analysis (ABPL90121)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90121
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability



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

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAndrew Hutson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1x1 hour lecture per week; 1x3 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

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Last updated: 23 October 2017