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.

In this unit, Design Research: Communication, we focus 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. Through detailed precedent studies, you will explore and critically evaluate diverse forms of communication and media and their strategies for 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Georgia Lindsay
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Source appropriate professional and academic resources from a body of literature.
  • Evaluate forms of communication by emphasising legibility and visual coherence for diverse audiences.
  • Apply advanced communication skills for scholarly and professional communication of design audiences.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hr workshop weekly (12 times) and online lectures

AssessmentResearch Proposal + Discussion (50%)|Presentation + Dialogue (20%)|Reading Summary. (30%)
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