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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Edinburgh College of Art : Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate Course: MSc in Cultural Landscapes Research Project (ARCH11227)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryAfter completing the coursework in all other three core courses in Semester 1 and 2 and having received approval to proceed, students research and write the research project, the equivalent of the Master's Dissertation in other postgraduate programmes. The Research Project should commence after the end of teaching in Semester 2 and continue to the submission date towards the end of August.

The Research Project provides students with an opportunity to undertake research on a topic of significance to cultural landscapes, drawing on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the taught courses studied during the rest of the programme.

The Research Project is a major piece of academic research. It follows the same conventions as the academic essay, but the research questions it addresses are defined by the student, in discussion with an appointed supervisor. It must show some originality of thought or research, as well as the organisational qualities demonstrated in the essay.

Supervision is provided throughout the period of research and writing-up.

The MSc in Cultural Landscapes Research Project aims to:

1. Allow students to demonstrate how they have integrated knowledge and skills achieved in the MSc.
2. Employ investigative methods of creative problem-solving.
3. Encourage and develop the practice of independent research.
4. Develop the student's intellectual curiosity relating to the dissertation topic.
5. Gain knowledge of a specific aspect of cultural landscape studies and its application in critical debate.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 21, Summative Assessment Hours 32, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 535 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be two options for the research project:

(i) A 15,000 word text presenting original research on a chosen topic/theme;

(ii) A 10,000 word text on a proposal for a site-specific project. The text and the proposed site-specific project will be assessed together. The proposed site-specific project will be documented as a portfolio of audio-visual and/or digital documentation i.e. through photographs, videos, sound files, digital media and/or website.

Written Research Project: 100%
Feedback 1. Students will submit a 500 word abstract on their proposed research project/dissertation and receive written formative feedback by the Course Organiser within 15 working days from submission.
2. Students will make a 15 minute presentation on their research project topic, theoretical approaches, methodology and time schedule. They will receive verbal feedback from both tutors and peers. Tutors/Course Organiser will also provide written formative feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Detailed knowledge of the chosen subject demonstrating sufficient understanding of relevant cultural, historical and philosophical themes, theories and methods.
  2. Ability to construct and synthesise an intellectual argument expressed against stated objectives and presenting original conclusions.
  3. Ability to product a substantial piece of academic writing, coherent, attractive, illustrated, well-written.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic Cognitive Skills: Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in the subject/discipline/sector; identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues; develop original and creative responses to problems and issues; critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline/sector;

Communication, Numeracy and IT Skills: communicate using appropriate methods with peers; produce and respond to detailed written and oral communication in familiar contexts; use standard ICT applications to process, obtain and combine information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others: work alone on tasks with regular, directive supervision; contribute to the setting of goals, timelines etc.; identify strengths and weaknesses relative to the work
Special Arrangements None.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Penny Travlou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5825
Email: p.travlou@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Remi Jankeviciute
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
Email: Ramune.Jankeviciute@ed.ac.uk
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