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Undergraduate Course: Architecture Dissertation (ARJA10002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course provides the student with an opportunity to investigate an architectural topic negotiated with a member of academic staff. The student will undertake sustained and in-depth research and present a coherently argued, fully referenced and appropriately illustrated piece of academic writing. Preparation and research for the course is undertaken in the first Semester; this provides the student with an opportunity to plan and organise the study materials and research methods required in the writing of the Dissertation. This process culminates in the submission of a synopsis and bibliography. In the second Semester, the dissertation is developed and written. Aims - The course will: 1. Develop research methods relevant to writing a dissertation. 2. Develop the student's intellectual curiosity relating to the dissertation topic. 3. Gain knowledge of a specific aspect of architecture, history and theory, technology, environment, architectural design or related disciplines of arts, cultural studies and landscape and its application in critical debate. 4. Develop skills in the use of library and research sources including the use of websites and electronic methods of deriving information. 5. Develop skills in correct writing style, grammar and syntax and the correct use and acknowledgement of sources.
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 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  99
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 3, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 383 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written dissertation (approx. 10,000 words with illustrations) (100%)
Feedback You should submit a Dissertation full draft of your work in-progress on Week 5. Upload this to the submissions folder in LEARN (as a PDF file saved with your Surname, Initials and the course code in the title e.g. TRAVLOU, P ARJA10002 Full Draft) and email a copy to your Dissertation Tutor. Expect formative feedback on your full draft within 15 working days from the hand-in date.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the chosen subject demonstrating sufficient understanding of relevant cultural, historical and philosophical themes.
  2. Demonstrate ability to construct and synthesise an intellectual argument expressed against stated objectives and presenting original conclusions.
  3. Demonstrate ability to product a substantial piece of academic writing, coherent, attractive, illustrated, well-written, using correct referencing conventions and the acknowledgement of sources.
Reading List
Borden, I and Ruedi, K (2000). Dissertation: An Architectural Student's Handbook. Oxford: Architectural Press.

Russell, Terrence M. (1992). Essays, Reports and Dissertations: Guidance Notes on the Preparation and Presentation of Written Work. University of Edinburgh Library Guide No. 42.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None.
KeywordsKnowledge,theory,writing skills,research,intellectural capabilities,creativity
Course organiserDr Aidan Mosselson
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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