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Design Thesis (ABPL90169)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90169
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is the culmination of each student's studies in Master of Architecture. It will consist of a number of autonomous studio groups offering a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate an original approach to design synthesis in the relevant discipline, which is based on research and critical thinking. These studios may offer an interdisciplinary experience with students working alongside others in a parallel design discipline.

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of design resolution, conceptual engagement and aesthetic expression.

With course coordinator approval, high-achieving students may undertake the Design Thesis as an individually supervised design investigation. Similarly, under exceptional circumstances and with course coordinator approval, the Design Thesis may be undertaken as a written thesis.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a capacity to make a contribution to the existing body of knowledge in architectural theory and practice;
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of how their chosen specialisation contributes to this body of knowledge;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design as a form of research enquiry.

Generic skills

  • Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas
  • Correct use of design terminology
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creative response to complex problems
  • Ability to select the appropriate design approach

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-ARCH Master of Architecture
MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)

PLUS

completion of the following subject:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90115 Master of Architecture Studio E
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Recommended background knowledge

It is recommended that Master of Architecture students complete ABPL90140 Architectural Practice prior to enrolling in this subject.

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

Assessment

  • Oral research presentation to studio teachers (10 mins, equivalent to 1000 words), due Week 4 (10%);
  • Design presentation to studio teacher and jury panel of at least 2 other reviewers (10 mins, equiavalent to 1000 words), students will present their work in progress comprising physical and digital models, drawings or animations as relevant to the individual design, due Week 6 (10%);
  • Design presentation to studio teacher and jury panel of at least 2 other reviewers (10 mins, equiavalent to 1000 words), students will present their work in progress comprising physical and digital models, drawings or animations as relevant to the individual design, due Week 9 (10%);
  • Final design presentation to studio teacher and jury panel of at least 2 other reviewers (10 mins, equiavalent to 1000 words -10%), students will present their final work comprising physical and digital models, drawings or animations as relevant to the individual design (equivalent to 6000 words - 60%), development of work over the course of the semester will also be included, due Week 14 (70%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKaren Burns
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours84 hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week; 2 x 3 hours of studios per week
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period24 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date 3 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorKaren Burns
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours84 hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week; 2 x 3 hours of studios per week
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period21 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date28 July 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

340 hours

Further information

for further information please refer to the http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/msd-studios

Related courses

Related majors/minors/specialisations

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

Last updated: 29 April 2017