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60 701 Pre-diploma for urbanism and landscape architecture

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Pre-diplom for urbanisme og landskapsarkitektur
Course code: 
60 701
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2023 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2023 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Person in charge
Zaccariotto Giambattista
Required prerequisite knowledge

The course is mandatory for Master’s students in Landscape Architecture. Basic knowledges in architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture are required. 

The course is run physically and digitally. Digital participating is required at the same rate as physically


Course content

The course aims to introduce students to scholarly research's spirit, mentality and practices. The focus is on `how' designers conduct research independently as the basis for a convincing argument (`thesis') and on `why' designers conduct research, on the role and position the designer can adopt in carrying out the research. In other words, how to acquire, organise, analyse, synthesize and communicate research findings. And on the kind of researchable and relevant problems, the designer can identify from an informed and limited perspective. Accordingly, teaching/learning activities revolve around the critical elaboration of a research experience that starts with selecting a topic valid in the broader professional context. The students are engaged in building a research 'report' as a learning process and outcome of it. The final report is the foundation and part of the diploma work.

The course is for students in the last semester before their diploma. Those who pass can enrol for the diploma. The course runs physically and digitally. Digital participation is required at the same rate as physically

Learning outcome


  • Understand topic-specific systems of ideas and concepts (conceptual knowledge)
  • Understand topic-specific research methods and techniques  (procedural knowledge)
  • Understand outlining or tracing as a means of capturing the structure of a subject matter, a text, or visual materials (metacognitive knowledge)


  • Identify and limit a research topic (Research Topic)
  • Survey and evaluate pertinent works, e.g. texts and projects  (Contextual Review)
  • Formulate a research question (Research Question)
  • Identify and interpret environmental, social, cultural, economic and technological conditions that drive urban landscapes transformations (Driver of Change)
  • Understand topic´s social, institutional and historical context and systems of meanings (Discourses)
  • Understand and select research position and approaches (Research Methodology, Methods and Techniques)
  • Develop explicit criteria for the student's own evaluation and discussion of research outcomes that are related to the research questions and objectives of the research (Self-evaluation)

General competence:

  • Planning a research and design project 
  • Communication of a research and design project (topic, methodology and outcomes) combining different media (verbal, written and visual) and making use of different formats (seminar, exhibition, etc.)
Working and learning activities

Teaching/learning activities include:

  • Lectures (reception of selected contents)
  • Individual Guidance (elaboration, clarification)
  • Collective Interim Presentations (elaboration, clarification, evaluation)
  • Seminar (clarification, presentation skills)
  • Group work (Peer teaching/evaluating)
  • Report design (as learning process and outcome)

Teaching / learning tasks include: 

  • Literature review
  • Precedents review 
  • Typological and Scale studies
  • Analytical mapping
  • Interviews

Criteria for evaluation:

In pre-diploma, students need to define their kind of diploma, and thus criteria for evaluation. In accordance with the advisor’s approach, the diploma can be:

  • Professional (solution-oriented with high design resolution, high level of technical proficiency and transferability)
  • Speculative (basic visual and formal research and /or expanding positions on larger social challenges and disciplinary questions)
  • Strategic and implementation-oriented, in dialogue with real-world communities

The choice of the diploma’s approach and topic should be built on personal strengths and knowledge and be situated within the institute’s field of expertise to ensure good advising. In addition, data accessibility should be considered.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks requiredPresence requiredComment
Presence required Not requiredPresentation of exercises in the group, individual supervision
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Mandatory coursework:Presence required
Courseworks required:
Presence required:Not required
Comment:Presentation of exercises in the group, individual supervision
Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
ReportIndividualPass / failThe course Submissions (Moodle/BOX) of draft presentations are mandatory. The course concludes with a presentation of the pre-diploma report.
Form of assessment:Report
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Comment:The course Submissions (Moodle/BOX) of draft presentations are mandatory. The course concludes with a presentation of the pre-diploma report.
Workload activityComment
Written assignments
Forventet arbeidsinnsats:
Workload activity:Written assignments