Courses & Units

Design Research - Communication KDA409



Design Research: Methods and Design Research: Communication are a suite of two units where you will explore the relationship between research and contemporary design practice and develop key skills in undertaking and communicating design research. The units provide the foundation for Advanced Design Research projects in the Master of Architecture.

Design Research: Communication focuses on the communication of research findings for various academic, professional and general audiences. You will be introduced to a variety of forms of communication for design research including academic journals, reports, exhibition catalogues, exegeses and abstracts, seminars, conferences and public presentations. Through detailed precedent studies, you will explore and critically evaluate diverse forms of communication and media and their efficacy in engaging different audiences with design research. You will also develop advanced knowledge of techniques in academic and professional writing, including distilling ideas, structuring argument, and using appropriate conventions through workshop and critical analysis of academic texts. You will then apply this knowledge in the development of communication strategies and outputs for professional, scholarly and other targeted audiences related to a specialised topic of design research.


Unit name Design Research - Communication
Unit code KDA409
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Andrew Steen

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1 - Apply advanced skills in scholarly or professional communication of design research.

ILO 2 - Employ academic and professional writing conventions with accuracy and consistency.

ILO 3 - Determine and critically evaluate forms of communication emphasising legibility and visual coherence for diverse audiences.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100501

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly workshop - 2-hours and weekly lecture - 1-hour


AT1 Precedents: Visual presentation (30%)

AT2 Specialised topic: Academic essay + other targeted outputs (70%)

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