Module Details

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Title Thesis: Research by Design
Code ARCH619
Coordinator Ms V Rammou
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 7 FHEQ Summer (June-September) 60


To carry out a specific piece of research on a self selected topic and to develop a designed object that is derived directly from it.

To develop and practice academic skills in identifying a current design problem, formulating an analysis strategy, managing the design process and drawing relevant conclusions from the design project and response to any research findings.

To develop the idea of an architectural design as a vehicle to apply research study and information drawn from architectural literature.

To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of design precedent and literature.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To identify an appropriate research topic that can be investigated and reported on through sources of information that be in the form of written and/or design output.

(LO2) To design an effective project using appropriate methods (eg literature review, case study) and techniques.

(LO3) To manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time.

(LO4) To gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic in a chosen subject area.

(LO5) To form independent and objective views on issues in a specialised subject area.

(LO6) To produce a well written, clearly presented consistently referenced and properly formatted Research Report and a well conceived, appropriate, well supported and well executed design project that is derived from the research.

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

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.



The theme of the module will change from year to year in the light of current themes and issues in the profession, and with the specific degree programme.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Tutorial
Description: individual studio based tutorials
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: The module is taught through studio based tutorials by both full time and part time staff

Teaching Method 2 - Assessment
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Digital portfolio review plus work display including a 5000 word design or research report (100%) and additional material (sketches, models, drawings, etc.) Assessed by studio tutorial staff involved, moderated by other school staff and external examiner

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     95


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 504


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :summer  digital design portf    100       

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