The assignment consists of three components:
1 Reading Responses (10%)
responses are intended as precursors to the development of the critical review that you have to submit at the end of the course. Each student is asked to choose readings assigned to one of the topics, and make one submission on it, consisting of one-page written responses to your reading/readings (approximately 200-300 words) beginning with Session 3, i.e. Authorial Positions: Author, writing, text. In your responses, you should summarize the chief arguments or premises forwarded by the authors in the texts succinctly. You are also encouraged to read critically and comparatively in developing your responses.
You are asked to submit your responses and present them in class (for grading), and as part of our discussion of the assigned texts.
There will be a sign-up sheet for you to register your choices. Not more than five students can choose to discuss readings assigned for any one topic.
2 Library Assignment (5%)
The NUS Central Library is a vital resource and archive for research work. The assignment ensuing from the library sessions will constitute this assignment component.
3 Draft of Critical Review (15%)
In the IRC (Information Resource Centre) are lodged copies of dissertations by students who have graduated from the Department of Architecture. Select any one of them and submit a critical review of it; your draft review should be a written submission of not more than 500 words.
The draft review is to consist of an outline of the final review; in it, you are to introduce your review subject, outline the principal sections for your discussion and highlight the issues you wish to raise and discuss, and indicate a summary or conclusion.
4 Critical Review (70%)
In the IRC (Information Resource Centre) are lodged copies of dissertations by students who have graduated from the Department of Architecture. Submit a critical review of it (developed from your draft). Your review should be a written submission of not more than 2,000 words.
In your review, your are expected to deal with the following matters:
A Explain your choice; say why the particular dissertation appeals to you.
B Appraise the hypothesis; consider how clearly and succinctly it has been formulated. In what ways is it of interest to you?
C Analyze the body or content of the dissertation, paying attention to the method employed to develop the hypothesis. In this respect, you are also to deal with the material base of the dissertation, including readings and other sources.
D Assess the language used, commenting on how effectively it has been employed.
Offer an evaluation of the dissertation. Has it sustained your interest? Has it advanced your thinking on this topic? Has you understanding of the subject deepened or widened from reading it? Has it made a difference?
In preparing the critical review, you are to observe the following in submitting your work:
A Title Page
Each submission is to have a title page
The title page must feature:
i. Title of your review
ii Title, author and call number of dissertation under review
iii Your name and matriculation number
iv Number of words.
B Table of Contents
Listing section headings and related pagination
C Content of review
Paginated text of the review
Key Submission Dates:
1. Draft of Critical Review
Submission Date: 30 Sep 2009, 5pm, 1 copy to Dept Office
Weightage: 15% of total grade.
2. Critical Review
Date of Submission: Fri, 13 November 2009, 2pm, 2 bound copies to Dept Office