In Research Methods, students advance their working knowledge of differing kinds of architectural research; from those aligned with the humanities, those allied to the sciences, and those of architectural design. Having become conversant with the contemporary concerns, conventions, methodologies and modes of expression of each mode of research, they hone in on the one that best aligns with their own emerging research interests. They learn how to conceive a topic and frame it appropriately as a coherent and defensible line of inquiry; collect evidence; navigate academic databases; prepare a literature review; develop an argument; and clearly express their findings in sound academic prose. Upon completion of the unit of study, students will have developed the broad intellectual framework for their Architecture Dissertation.
critical essay (40%) and research proposal (60%)