University of Technology Sydney

89032 Research Studio

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject provides for supervision of students who are developing a proposal for higher degree research. Students are guided in developing research questions, in selection of an appropriate theoretical lens, and in methods for data collection and interpretation. Outcomes of the subject include a robust proposal for higher degree research that is supported by a developed understanding of the different roles of theory and method, as well as an understanding of the discipline involved in academic writing and argument.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking and research skills
2. Demonstrate an understanding of a select theoretical lens for interpreting design contexts and practices
3. Demonstrate a practical understanding of select research methods for design
4. Demonstrate a capacity for reflective practice, and reflection on practice contexts
5. Demonstrate a capacity to communicate in clear, articulate academic writing

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • A commitment to ethical acknowledgement of sources and the work of others (A.2)
  • Ability to actively and independently develop new skills, knowledge and understanding (P.1)
  • Ability to develop well-supported arguments and rationales (R.1)
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas (R.2)
  • A disposition to adopt practices and approaches that embed critical reflection (R.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

89032 Research Studio encourages student learning directed to develop the graduate attributes identified in the section on Subject Learning Objectives, above. The course content, learning strategies and assessment structure is explicitly designed with these attributes in mind.

Teaching and learning strategies

This studio aims to develop skills in independent/self directed/negotiated research skills. It provides an opportunity to integrate conceptual and practical research skills, and focuses on the completion of a self-determined and self-generated project. The studio prioritises learning outcomes in: research, critical thinking, conceptual thinking, argument and judgment. The emphasis is on independent/self directed/negotiated projects, supported by an academic supervisor.

Content (topics)

The content of each supervised project is determined in conversation between the student and supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Investigation of research focus

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, R.1, R.2 and R.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to analyse and synthesis complex ideas 30 1 R.2
Evidence of critical reflection 30 4 R.3
Ethical acknowledgment of sources 10 1 A.2
Ability to develop well -supported arguments and rationales 30 5 R.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Review of theory and method

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, P.1, R.1 and R.2

Type: Literature review
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas 25 1 R.2
Understanding of selected theoretical lens 25 2 R.2
Understanding of selected research methods 25 3 P.1
Ethical acknowledgement of sources 10 1 A.2
Ability to develop well constructed and supported arguments 15 5 R.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Developed proposal for research

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 4 and 5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, P.1, R.1, R.2 and R.3

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to actively and independently develop new skills, knowledge and understanding 30 1 P.1
Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas 20 2 R.2
Capacity for critical reflection 20 4 R.3
Professional and rigorous acknowledgment of sources 10 1 A.2
Ability to develop well constructed and well supported arguments 20 5 R.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Recommended texts

Text recommendations will be determined according to the individual project focus.