Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Associate professor Thorbjörn Laike (other coordinators, see "further information"),, Architecture. Prerequisites: At least three years approved full time education at university level (or Bachelor degree) in architecture or equivalent. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Basis for rating: 80% attendance at lectures and exercises, approved own work and written assignments and active participation at the final seminar. Further information: Other course coordinators: Assosiate professor Maria Johansson,, Senior lecturer TomasTägil,

Human Condition in the built environment is studied from different perspectives. The course aims to provide knowledge of these perspectives as well as various methods for understanding the human condition in the built environment. Furthermore, the course aims to provide an orientation to human conditions in different environments. The course also aims to provide an introduction to the various scientific approaches that are relevant for architecture research.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

The student must have a sound knowledge of and be able to discuss architectural issues from a scientific perspective.

The student must have good knowledge of how the results of research in architecture can be applied.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

The student shall be able to independently assimilate assigned literature and to apply this knowledge in practical design.

The student shall, in accordance with specified requirements through instruction and guidance, be able to write a scientific paper.

The student must, in writing and visual presentations, be able to report their work to an educated public.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The student shall verbally be able to critically discuss their own and others work from a scientific perspective.

Students shall be able to critically examine and discuss various scientific methods used in architecture research.

Structure and content: The course mainly consists of literature studies and empirical work related to a central question of man in relation to the built environment.

Groat, L. & Wang, D. 2002. Architectural Research Methods. New York: Wileys + course compendium