Courses & Units

Advanced Design Research 1 KDA770




This unit requires students to undertake research that relates to the design disciplines with a focus on the areas of research strength of the School of Architecture & Design, including environment and sustainability, contemporary architectural technologies, heritage, architectural history and theory, experimental digital design, urban design and cultural studies. The unit is generally informed by the research policy of the Australian Institute of Architects and its associated documents.

Students elect to participate in one of a number of selectives offered each year. These selectives are based on staff research interests and current projects and encompass a diverse range of methods and outputs variously emphasising research for design, research into design and research through design. Students with a demonstrated capacity for research and independent thinking can also elect to participate in a self-directed stream leading to a recognised research output in KDA773 Advanced Design Research 2.

The aim of this unit is to develop sound design research skills in students to assist them to develop valid research projects, which have application in practice.


Unit name Advanced Design Research 1
Unit code KDA770
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Teaching staff

Dr Michael Hornblow

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $2,296.00 2018: $4,486.00 040101

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Teaching Pattern

Supervisor meetings (as negotiated with supervisor) and some core lectures.


Research Proposal (10%), Literature Review (20%), Interim Draft Report, Research Report (70%)

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