Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2019 - 13.12.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Tommy Lindgren and Hossam Hewidy

Tommy Lindgren
Lecturer / Urban Design
tommy.lindgren@aalto.fi

Hossam Hewidy
Lecturer / Urban and Regional Planning
hossam.hewidy@aalto.fi

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

The thesis preparation seminar provides a setting for research that involves analysis, interpretation and critical thinking.

The objective is to help students situate, define, and refine the parameters of a thesis project to be executed in a subsequent semester. Students are asked to formulate a thesis proposal, situate their thesis research and construct a project plan.

The majority of work is to be conducted independently, assisted by
weekly classes that include lectures, student presentation/class
discussion of assigned readings and individual tutorials. Lectures will
address the key components of the Thesis:

  1. Thesis proposal
  2. Thesis research
  3. Project plan
During the sessions discussions are held in groups, divided according to Thesis topic descriptions (design/research/etc.) - the groups will be at the core of the course, giving the students a forum where to sound out their ideas and learn from each other (sources, approaches, references, problem solving,...) - the teachers will act as facilitators of the discussion, dividing discussion time evenly, and if needed, guiding the discussion towards the main goals of each days discussion topic.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): Evaluation for the course is pass/fail.
The final portfolio to be produced on the course is the outcome that is evaluated and the evaluation is based on how the different parts of the portfolio fulfill their descriptions (each part is its own 'assignment').

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Lecture participation and discussion = 55h
Reading = 25h
Writing total = 44h
124h / 27,5h/credits = 4,5 credits ~ 5credits

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

The course readings will be handed out to the students / uploaded to MyCourses during the sessions.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): Time: Fridays, 15:15-17:00, in Väre space Q201
The course is not held on all Fridays, check MyCourses for the up to date schedule

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