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ARCH71-109: Supervised Independent Study


Students are to select an individual research topic that will be developed to a point that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the chosen topic and its design/architectural implications. The research, overseen by a nominated staff member, develops a strong base for future studios. The outcome of the research may take a written or practical format. The challenge of this study is to focus and dissect a field of study that will act as a base to later work. Research methodologies and rigour are important alongside presentation/representational skills to communicate the findings. It is expected the student will develop research skills alongside representational techniques that may be both innovative and informative to a wider group of people than their initial research group. The student will gain a body of information that will serve as a springboard into later studio research. Assessment may be individualised dependent on the nature of research and presentation, some may choose a written thesis, others a more practical presentation or project. Students must have contact with their supervisor either individually or as a group on a weekly basis across the 12 week semester.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Current: $4,790
  • Commencing in May 2021: $4,960

Learning outcomes

1. The ability to define a problem or area of interest, and formulate strategies for action, using skills for information gathering to acquire specialist knowledge and the application of analysis and critical judgement to support their work (AIA Tertiary Education Policy 1.1, 1.2, and 2.1)
2. Develop problem-solving skills that challenge day-to-day concepts and encourage lateral thinking through speculation, iteration, and reflection in critical discourse. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 2.2)
3. Acquire knowledge in a specific topic is that will assist in later studies and professional work, including the ability to understand the area of study in a broader disciplinary context. (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 5.1 and 5.2)
4. Effectively communicate findings using appropriate techniques that are graphic, written, and rhetorical (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 7.1 and 7.2)

Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

Faculty approval required.

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

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens04/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020