Module Details

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Code ARCH714
Coordinator Dr T Kocaturk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


Provides the students an ability to integrate a range of technical, theoretical, historical and professional issues, into formulation of design research proposals.

Provides the students the advancement of their design skills through an investigative, creative and original design project that will push the boundaries of current research, and future thinking.

Familiarises the students with a diverse range of tools, methods and techniques to aid design exploration and evaluation.

Provides the students with the necessary competence and skills to design and research both individually and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary setting.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply practical and theoretical design knowledge to an architectural or urban design problem.

(LO2) Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgement on a selected range of technical, programmatic, theoretical, historical and professional issues and their implications for design.

(LO3) Critically assess and synthesise advanced design knowledge to solve a range of complex design problems through original design proposals.

(LO4) Demonstrate design research and technical skills, and demonstrate judgement by challenging and extending design knowledge through design work.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing.

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience.



Design Brief Workshops and Tutorials.

Interim Submission Workshops and Tutorials.

Project/Report Submission and Final Presentations.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures and presentations will be delivered by the academic staff and guest speakers, which will be aligned to the specialized context of the design-research brief.
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Students will receive customised tutorials and feedback aligned with their domains, and will receive further insight and practical advice from experts in the field. Tutorials will aim to provide formative feedback to the students on their individual design work.
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 3 - Workshop
Description: The workshops will provide guidance to the students to further develop their individual and collaborative design research skills (e.g. design research methods); and also to build software skills to aid their research and design process (e.g. 3D modelling, context analysis, design optimization, visualization, simulation)
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decid ed

Self-Directed Learning Description: Students will be expected to manage their individual learning through reflection-in-action during design, self-reading, online-skill training, research, and group & individual work. Students will be guided to use online software training resources to develop their skills further. An online repository will provide additional reading materials and online video lectures for the students, for self-study and reflection.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 4



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 122


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Design Research Project submission/presentation Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :2  Design Research Proj    100       

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