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Apparatus Course

During the first and second semester of the PhD school we look at the apparatus that surrounds formalized research in terms of validating research as research (systems of authority including referencing and peer review); structuring research (in terms of research questions, activities and what is produced), mediating research (in terms of activities, what is produced and telling people about this) and research design (all the above working together to project aims and effects in the future). We do this through a series of workshop/seminars. Together these activities constitute the Apparatus course (7.5 + 7.5 ects). The course is assessed through development and submission of an annotated bibliography and through the definition of a literature review in semester 1, and though the development of the research design proposal in semester 2.

Course unit description

Apparatus consists of acknowledging, understanding and demonstrating an ability to deal with the formalized apparatus that surrounds higher research and defines project based activities as research within an academic context. This includes the creation of literature/source lists defining scope (bibliography), systems that build authority in academic texts (referencing and peer review), systems that ensure ethical integrity (ethical standards, guidance on plagiarism), the construction of formal research proposals (aims, method, literature review, design, dissemination, budget), negotiating publishing and research presentation.

Learning outcomes
 

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Define a research question

  • Write an integrative literature review

  • Formulate a research proposal in terms of research design, overall aims, research context/network/literature and production in the field, research activities, ethical responsibility, proposed research production and timetable.

Working and learning activities

Teaching occurs in six two-day workshops during the year, each with a specific theme. Major themes are listed under the schedule below.


Deliverables

Thesis proposal and presentation

Each of the six workshops will have a smaller deliverable that helps you construct your proposal and presentation, to include the following:

  • reading list

  • annotated bibliography

  • literature review

  • research design

  • schedule of activities (timeline & workplan)

To pass this course requires

100% attendance of all course events and pass assessment of defined deliverables.
 

Context Course

Throughout the first two semesters of the PhD School we investigate the context in which research may be thought through and carried out in the history, theory and practice of architecture, design, urbanism, landscape and related fields. To this end, the course introduces a range of practical, conceptual, critical, methodological and epistemological lenses for interrogating and reflecting upon issues of collecting, analyzing, communicating and authoring research through both established and experimental means. The first part of the course (semester 1) is concerned with areas of common ground across AHO's areas of research expertise, while the second part of the course (semester 2) looks to the specific needs of the group to explore in depth particular areas of methodology, history, theory and practice. Following an introductory session to each theme, PhD Fellows work with a repeating series of directed reading and writing assignments, with individual responses being prepared for peer-oriented presentation, discussion and review during the next session. Core skill sets in gathering, reading, reviewing, analyzing, synthesizing and authoring research materials are continuously exercised in this manner, leading to the progressive building up of an individual “scrapbook of potentialities”, as well as a collectively-produced "augmented course bibliography" of reference material.

Course unit description

Context consists of understanding and defining research fields, both in order to understand a context in relation to the in the individual PhD project, and to understand this context in relation to institute-based research specialisms at AHO. The course investigates research fields in terms of characteristic methods and explores the implications of the interlocking of subject area, type of research question and research method.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Define a research area through mapping existing research discourse and experimentation within a defined field of enquiry

  • Compare this field of enquiry to others in terms of its implications for research method

  • Explain and exemplify a selection of research methods within example cases.

Working and learning activities

Teaching occurs in bi-weekly two-day seminars. The vehicle for exploration is a reading seminar on texts selected in relation to the students study subjects, and through exercises in mapping research areas. This is combined with a series of workshops which relate student projects back to institute contexts, exploring how particular methods fit particular types of research question.

Deliverables

Presentations within seminars

Each seminar has a repeating pattern of deliverables to train core competences

  • gathering task

  • reading task

  • writing task

To pass this course requires

100% attendance of all course events and pass assessment of defined deliverables.