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The Master of Architecture (Coursework) comprises an intensive program in design, technology, theory and professional practice, supported by a range of option units. Read more

Introduction

The Master of Architecture (Coursework) comprises an intensive program in design, technology, theory and professional practice, supported by a range of option units.

Course description, features and facilities

The course emphasises the application of concepts to the design of specialised building projects, with a focus on issues that concern the servicing of complex buildings. You'll learn about the integration of the various technical systems in the making of architecture, continue your learning about professional practice and be introduced to relevant research methods.

The final stage of a professional education in Architecture requires the completion of fully resolved projects taken to a developed design stage. This involves the integration of program development, site planning and organisation, technological and servicing aspects with building planning, material selection and design detailing.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a number of option units to increase your knowledge in specialised areas of design and architecture.

The Master of Architecture (Coursework) has replaced the Bachelor of Architecture as the professional degree in Architecture accredited in Australia (by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Registration Board of WA) and validated internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

Structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Design with majors in Architecture and Integrated Design, or equivalent as recognised by the faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 72 points.

Take all units (24 points):

S1 ARCT4430 Architectural Technology, Structures and Services
S2 ARCT4440 Project Implementation and Documentation
S1 ARCT4461 Architectural Practice
S2 ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 36 points to a maximum of 60 points from Group A. Total units completed from option Groups A, B and C must equal 72 points:

Group A

S1, S2 ARCT5001 Architectural Design 5a (12 points)
S1, S2 ARCT5002 Architectural Design 5b (12 points)
S1, S2 ARCT5003 Architectural Design 5c (12 points)
S1, S2 ARCT5004 Architectural Design 5d (12 points)
S1, S2 ARCT5005 Architectural Studio 5e (12 points)
S1, S2 ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2 ARCT5011 Independent Research Part 2

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 6 points to a maximum of 24 points from Group B. Total units completed from option Groups A, B and C must equal 72 points:

Group B

S1, S2 ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2 ARCT5011 Independent Research Part 2
S2 ARCT5505 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
S1 ARCT5511 Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
S2 ARCT5513 Operating Systems for a New Architectural Era
S2 ARCT5514 Non Euro-American Architecture
S2 ARCT5516 Daguerre to Digital
S2 ARCT5517 Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject
S1 ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation
S2 ARCT5585 City as Site
S1 ARCT5587 Urban Design
S1 LACH4505 Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
S2 URBD5805 Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)
S1 URBD5807 The Forces that Shape Cities
S1 URBD5808 Case Studies in Urban Design

Take unit(s) to the value of at least 6 points to a maximum of 24 points from Group C. Total units completed from option Groups A, B and C must equal 72 points:

Group C

S1, S2 ARCT5010 Independent Research Part 1
S1, S2 ARCT5011 Independent Research Part 2
S1 ARCT5508 Practical Building Conservation
N/A ARCT5510 Housing
S2 ARCT5512 Architectural Technical Resolution
N/A ARCT5515 High Density: the Urban Model
S1 ARCT5580 Key Texts—Virtual
S2 ARCT5581 Key Texts
S1, S2 ARCT5584 Publications
S1, S2 ARCT5589 Architecture of Furniture
S1, S2 ARCT5590 Architectural Studies
S1 ARCT5592 Timber in Architecture
S1 ARCT5593 The Architecture of Furniture in Production

Professional recognition

Following completion of the course, graduates must undertake a minimum of two years' professional work experience under the direction of a registered architect and then pass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) before being eligible to register as an architect in Australia.

Graduates should refer to the Architects Board of Western Australia for registration requirements. This qualification is also widely recognised overseas. For further information see http://www.comarchitect.org and http://www.canberraaccord.org.

Career opportunities

Majors in Architecture and Integrated Design provide a range of employment opportunities including work as an:
Architect
Urban Designer (with further study)
Architectural Draftsperson
Architectural Educator/Academic
Government Policy Advisor

Working in:
Architectural and urban design practice
City and regional planning
Government agencies
Higher education
Property development
Architectural illustration & modelling

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COURSE CONTENT:

Year 1

Integrated approaches in high-input cropping systems

High-input crop production systems typically focus on achieving both high yields and profitability. This module explores the science and agronomic principles of a range of crops under such management regimes as well as their associated problems and limitations. Consideration will be given to integrated management approaches currently being adopted by industry as well as the major drivers of these changing practices. These include legislation, resistance to agrochemicals and public acceptance.

Invertebrate Dynamics in Crop Production

Approximately 10-15% of global crop production is lost to invertebrate pests. Conversely, invertebrates constitute a significant ecosystem service through pest predation and pollination. In any integrated production system, the management of invertebrates is therefore fundamental to effective crop production. This module will focus on critical evaluation of current research on invertebrate ecology and dynamics and applying this to their potential impacts on conventional cropping systems. Concepts of pest population dynamics, herbivory and species life histories will be considered in relation to their effects on the crop. Alongside this, their ‘value’ as pollinators, predators, vectors and the effects of lethal and sub-lethal pesticide doses will be evaluated.

Contemporary agronomic research and development

Research into agronomy, technology and management is of critical importance if the industry is to continue to adapt to modern pressures and challenges worldwide. This module will explore the research path including laboratory to field trials and, ultimately, application into practice. Case studies will be explored where research and development has made or could make a significant impact to management practice.

Year 2

Integrated approaches in low-input cropping systems

Low-input cropping systems seek to optimise crop yields whilst using fewer inputs when compared to conventional crop production systems. In parts of the world this is due to a lack of financial and physical resources whilst in others this is due to perceived environmental benefits. This module explores the science of the integrated management of crops under such systems, including enhanced soil management and factors influencing nutrition and disease control. Limitations will also be considered as will approaches that conventional crop production could learn from low-input management systems.

Global Drivers for Agricultural Change

This module examines the global drivers behind the need to refocus agricultural production to meet the needs of the increasing world population and mitigate the impacts of climate change. It will focus on concepts such as the effects of globalisation; the economic issues with pesticide development; the globalisation and privatisation of agricultural technology and the use of targeted pest control techniques. Furthermore, the module will assess the impacts of corporate responsibility and the necessity of having sustainable global supply chains.

Research Methodology and Design

This module provides students with the essential personal, organisational, management, theoretical and statistical skills needed to work at Postgraduate Level. It will explore research philosophies, research process and design and the process of questionnaire development and design. The module will develop skills in advanced data organisation, presentation, dissemination and problem solving.

Year 3

Masters Dissertation

The dissertation is a triple module and allows students to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent, supervised research related to the field of study. The dissertation is an independent piece of academic work which allows the student to identify and work in an area of interest to them and manage the research process to agreed deadlines.

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Year 1

Urban Development and Urban Greening

This module will examine the nature of the urban environment and the historical development of urban greenspace management. It will explore the current nature and extent of urban green space management in Britain and overseas and reflect on the role of urban trees and woodland in improving the quality of life for urban dwellers.

The Science of Tree Production and Establishment

This module will look at the latest techniques in establishing trees in urban areas and challenge conventional views on tree production, planting, landscaping and post-planting maintenance in the light of scientific advances in these areas.

Trees and Urban Planning

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Year 2

Tree Physiology and the Urban Environment

This module aims to advance the knowledge of students in arboricultural science and its applications that rely upon knowledge of a tree’s biological system and physiological functions. The module will investigate key areas of the physiology of trees, including modifications in tree physiology that satisfy different environmental conditions of the urban environment, tree defence systems and associated tree health care treatments. The learning outcomes of this module reflect the need for important findings from scientific investigations into tree physiology to be applied to tree management. This cross-fertilisation of tree science and tree management is much needed, and students will benefit from a deeper understanding of trees as living organisms and the influence of different management choices.

Research Methodology and Design

This module provides students with the essential personal, organisational, management, theoretical and statistical skills needed to work at Postgraduate Level. It will explore research philosophies, research process and design and the process of questionnaire development and design. The module will develop skills in advanced data organisation, presentation, dissemination and problem solving.

Tree Risk Management

This module will investigate the complex relationships between tree biomechanics, the development of defects and infection strategies for fungal diseases and other pathogens. The module will evaluate these facets in the wider context of tree risk management and the development of risk management strategies for tree populations.

Year 3

Masters Dissertation

The dissertation is a triple module and allows students to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent, supervised research in the field of arboriculture or urban forestry. The dissertation is an independent piece of academic work which allows the student to identify and work in an area of interest to them and manage the research process to agreed deadlines.

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