Aims/Description: This entry contains the information provided to students in the following annual publications: Guide to Unit Choice for Level 1 Students, the Directory of Modules (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/) and, where applicable, the RTP Handbook. The information should aim to assist students in selecting modules and should describe the aims and content of the module in general terms. Particular features of the delivery (e.g., field work, group work) may also be mentioned. Please provide only a single paragraph of normally formatted text. Foreign language descriptions may be used, but an English language translation should be provided for purposes of Faculty approval. This module develops a critical written study. It is an opportunity for students to investigate an aspect of architecture in which they are interested and would like to explore in more depth. There is an option to relate the subject to a current or future topic that could have relevance to the practice. The dissertation may involve original research and contribute to the subject area through reasoning and critical analysis. Topics usually fall within one of the following subject areas: architectural theory, architectural history, technology/environment, structures, management and practice, CAD/digital realm, landscape and urban design.

Staff Contact: HICKLIN IAN R
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Placements, Independent Study
Assessment: Project work

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