COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Graduation Thesis
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 494
Fall
2
2
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The aim is to be familiarized with architectural writing and research strategies, critical evaluation of source material, and methods of incorporating research in writing an academic thesis.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The student will be able to do disiplined research adequate to complete an undergraduate thesis.
  • The student will be able to comprehend the relationship between the practical and theoretical aspects of architecture.
  • The student will be able to select and frame a thesis topic at the level of an undergraduate thesis.
  • The student will be able to structure a chosen topic in the context of a thesis.
  • The student will be able to learn, develop and apply the research methods appropriate to the thesis topic.
  • The student will be able to do independent research based on individual criticism.
Course Description This course aims to make students acquainted with the terms and principles of architectural research and to strengthen their knowledge in architectural academic writing and research methodology. The structure of the course is centred on the process of writing a graduation thesis on a chosen topic. This process is conducted by both the student and her/his supervisor from the initial phase of determining a research question to the completion of the academic paper. Improvement of certain abilities such as building up research strategies, developing a critical understanding of sources and findings, choosing appropriate methods of research and establishing an ethical manner in writing is as important as the final product.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Introduction @D22 Control of Groups as assigned on Oasis Group Discussions @various locations as above Library Visits: Section 1a, 1b and Sectiıon 2a
2 Lecture 1: What is Architectural Research? Library Visits: Section 2b, Section 3a and 3b Group Discussions
3 Lecture 2: Bibliography and Literature Review Library Visits: Section 4a, Section 4b Group discussions
4 A Research Experience by Altuğ Kasalı Group Discussions
5 A Research Experience by Ceylan Öner Group Discussions & Group Divisions as 1 and 2 Preparing the first draft (1000 words)
6 Lecture 5: Writing-up: Structure & Content A Research Experience by a Master student Group A: Feedback on the 1st draft Group B: In-class Study Preparing the first draft (1500 words)
7 Lecture 6: Planning your Writing/Citation Styles Group B Feedback on first draft Group A: In-class Study First Draft (1500 words) Second Draft (2500 words)
8 A Research Experience by Hugh Clarke Group A: Feedback on the 2nd draft Group B: In-class Study Second Draft (2500 words)
9 Lecture 7: Discussion on First Drafts & General Feedback Group B: Feedback on 2nd Draft Group A: In-Class study on Pre-final Second Draft (2500 words)
10 A Research Experience by Fulltime Staff Group A Feedback on Pre-final Group B In-Class study on Pre-final Preparing the Pre-final (3500 words)
11 Lecture 8: Presenting your research Group B: Feedback on Pre-final Group A: In-Class study on Final Submission Preparing the Pre-final (3500 words)
12 A Research Experience by Fulltime Staff Group A Presentations and Discussions Revising the Final (4500 words)
13 A Research Experience by Fulltime Staff Group B Presentations and Discussions Revising the Final (4500 words)
14 Lecture 9: Final Submission Group A and Group B Feedback Revising the Final (4500 words)
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Notes/Textbooks None
Suggested Readings/Materials Suggested Readings: . Groat, Linda, Architectural research methods (New York: John Wiley, 2002). . Denzin, N and Y. Lincoln, Handbook of Qualitative Research (London: Sage, 2000). . Murray, Rowena, How to write a thesis (Columbus: Open University Press, 2002). . Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., Tight, M. How to write a thesis (Columbus: Open University Press, 2002). Borden, I and Ray, K.R. (2006) The Dissertation: An Architecture Student's Handbook Online Sources: . ss.ieu.edu.tr/downloads/thesis.pdf (IEU thesis guidelines) . www.fiu.edu/~readg/Courses/HowtoWriteaResearchPaper.htm (specific to architecture papers) . https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/ . www.dartmouth.edu/~writing/materials/student/ac_paper/what.shtml . writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/collegewriting . www.plagiarism.org

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
5
40
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
35
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
8
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
5
5
Presentation / Jury
1
5
Project
1
10
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exams
    Total
88

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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