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Design Thesis Research and Development

Description

This subject focuses on each student’s forthcoming Master of Architecture Design Thesis as its subject matter relates to design research, also called evidence-based design. The goal is to introduce methodological, representational, and intellectual means of innovative and critical thinking in order to inspire design excellence. Students are assessed based on investigatory assignments which involve developing theoretical framework and design concepts relevant to one’s Master of Architecture Design Thesis through reading, reflecting, writing and visual representation. This includes explorations of such issues as conceptual ideas, initial design hypotheses and options, site selection and analysis, programming, brief development, and other pertinent tasks in the evolving thesis proposal. The outcome is presented to a review panel at the end of the Design Thesis Research + Development subject for evaluation and approval, as a foundation for the design solutions in the subsequent stages. The aim of the coursework is also to produce most of the written part of the Master of Architecture thesis prior to the thesis semester.

  • Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
    Subject code: ARCH71-127
    Subject title: ARCH71-127: Design Thesis Research and Development
    Subject level: Postgraduate
    Semester/Year: September 2022
    Credit points: 10.000
  • Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
    Delivery mode: Standard
    Workload items:
    • Seminar: x12 () - Weekly seminar
    • Personal Study Hours: x12 () - Personal study time
    Attendance and learning activities: 80% attendance required to allow for contribution to evaluation of progress.
  • Prescribed resources:

    Books

    • David Wang,Linda N. Groat (2013). Architectural Research Methods. Second, John Wiley & Sons 468
    • Marja Sarvimaki (2017). Case Study Strategies for Architects and Designers. n/a, Taylor & Francis 180
    • Ulrich Conrads (1970). Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-century Architecture. n/a, MIT Press (MA) 192

    Others

    After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
    [email protected] & Email: [email protected] is the online learning environment at Bond University and is used to provide access to subject materials, lecture recordings and detailed subject information regarding the subject curriculum, assessment and timing. Both iLearn and the Student Email facility are used to provide important subject notifications. Additionally, official correspondence from the University will be forwarded to students’ Bond email account and must be monitored by the student.

    To access these services, log on to the Student Portal from the Bond University website as www.bond.edu.au

Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code: ARCH71-127
Subject title: ARCH71-127: Design Thesis Research and Development
Subject level: Postgraduate
Semester/Year: September 2022
Credit points: 10.000

Enrolment requirements

Requisites:

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:

  1. Provide quantitative and/or qualitative evidence for design thinking and considerations.
  2. Situate a conceptual position for a design thesis within communities of practice.
  3. Define a theoretical framework based on existing knowledge demonstrated through literature review including correct referencing.
  4. Create a design report using written and visual techniques to critically convey preliminary design thesis information including site, brief, stakeholders, sociocultural and environmental analyses as a coherent and comprehensive thesis statement.
  5. Acquire, evaluate, and critically reflect upon different design discipline research methodologies.
  • Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
    Creative Project AT1: 60% complete written Thesis Statements with the Thesis Proposition (i.e., both programmatic and technological) including the title, site selection, preliminary site analysis, preliminary brief, and proposed materials/construction/structure. Presentations to include a critical survey of precedents (both programmatic and technological). 50% Week 8 1,2,3
    Research Report AT2: 100% complete written Thesis Statement with the Thesis Proposition as the title for approval to proceed to the Design Thesis semester, including site analysis, developed brief, a critical review of precedents, and Schematic Design. 50% Week 12 1,2,3,4,5
  • Assessment criteria

    High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
    Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
    Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
    Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
    Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

    Quality assurance

    For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
Creative Project AT1: 60% complete written Thesis Statements with the Thesis Proposition (i.e., both programmatic and technological) including the title, site selection, preliminary site analysis, preliminary brief, and proposed materials/construction/structure. Presentations to include a critical survey of precedents (both programmatic and technological). 50% Week 8 1,2,3
Research Report AT2: 100% complete written Thesis Statement with the Thesis Proposition as the title for approval to proceed to the Design Thesis semester, including site analysis, developed brief, a critical review of precedents, and Schematic Design. 50% Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

Study Information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Subject curriculum