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EX0945

Independent Project in Landscape Architecture, A2E – Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master’s Programme

An independent project is a project where you will apply your in-depth knowledge, skills and approach to an issue in the field of the education. Often, the independent project is at the end of your education where you will plan, conduct and present an academic study. Your project will be published publicly.

Course participants and teacher team

Student / Supervisor

Bergman, Märta

Anna Persson

Burén, Maria

Antoienette Wärnbäck

Dalil Heirati, Hadis

Andrew Butler

Gudmundsdóttir, Anna Kristín

Anna Persson

Islam, Nuzat Naila

Lena Steffner

Jonsson, Frida

Viveka Hoff

Kamali, Betsy

Lena Steffner

Karlborg, Emil

Mari Kågström

Kettner, Vojtech

Mari Kågström

Mojtabaei, Sharareh

Andrew Butler

Ratin, Md

Per Berg

Rostami, Marjan

Lena Steffner

Stenfeldt, Klara

Marcus Hedblom

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EX0945-30174 - Course evaluation report

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EX0945 Independent Project in Landscape Architecture, A2E – Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master’s Programme, 30.0 Credits

Independent Project in Landscape Architecture, A2E – Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master’s Programme

Syllabus approved

2018-11-21

Subjects

Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, includes independent project (degree project) for the degree of Master of Science (120 credits)(A2E)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 30 credits at second-cycle level in the main field of study. A Pass grade for the independent project at first-cycle level, or a Bachelor’s degree. The student must have completed at least one course relevant to the subject of the independent project before starting the project. Knowledge of English equivalent to English 6.

Objectives

The aim of the course is for the student, based on previously acquired knowledge, to independently plan, carry out and present an academic study within a given time frame. Through the independent project, the student will develop their skills in the academic work process and deepen their subject knowledge considerably.

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- independently and creatively identify and formulate scientific questions;
- independently search, compile, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information and literature;
- independently plan and, using adequate methods, carry out a scientific study within given time frames;
- analyse and evaluate data and/or findings on a scientific basis;
- discuss contents and conclusions in a scientific work critically, and reflect on how the choice of question and method relates to the scientific and practical basis of the subject;
- reflect on social and ethical aspects, sustainability aspects within the subject as well as ethical aspects of research and development;
- present a scientific work in accordance with the prevailing practice of the discipline, adapted to the intended audience and according to the instructions given;
- write a summary in English of a scientific report according to the instructions given;
- write a popular science summary of a scientific work according to the instructions given;
- present a scientific work orally and critically review and discuss, as well as give constructive criticism of, another student’s project, including method, conclusions and the context of the work in a wider perspective;
- identify their own skill and knowledge development needs in the subject of the project;
- reflect upon what the science concept, eg in the learning objectives above, implies within landscape architecture, as a basis for choosing working methods and knowledge production,
- consider how the work within landscape architecture can be graphically and visually presented.

Content

The course involves carrying out an independent, academic project (degree project) under supervision. The project is to be carried out independently, using data collected by the student themselves, or equivalent data. The project should preferably be carried out individually, but the course coordinator can admit exceptions under certain circumstances. The set-up of the independent project should be documented in a work plan established in consultation with the supervisor before the project starts.

The project is to be presented orally and in writing, as seminars or an equivalent format, and according to the instructions given. The course also involves taking part in a public discussion of another student’s project in order to assess the ability to give constructive criticism.

Formats and requirements for examination

A Pass grade for the written report and the oral presentation, as well as a Pass grade for the critical review of another student’s project. If the work has been carried out in pairs, it must be made clear to the examiner what each individual has contributed; this applies to both the written report and the oral presentation. The work effort and the scope of the work should correspond to 30 credits for each student, and each student must fulfil all intended learning outcomes.

- If the student has not received a Pass grade for a test, the examiner has the right to give a supplementary assignment, provided this is feasible and can be justified.
- If the student has been granted learning support due to a disability, the examiner has the right to offer an adapted test or let the student take the test in an alternative manner.
- If this course syllabus is changed, or if the course is discontinued, SLU shall decide on transition rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet completed the course.
- For the examination of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the submission date. For more information, please refer to the Education planning and administration handbook.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Once the student has received a Pass grade for the written report, this must be published in the SLU system for electronic publication (Epsilon), and checked for plagiarism.

It is recommended that the student, before the start of the course, have an agreement with the supervising department concerning supervisor and the subject of the project.

Students are recommended to take a course corresponding to at least 5 credits in scientific methodology before starting their independent project. This requirement is fulfilled by students who follow the syllabus for SLU degree programmes. Students who have not completed an undergraduate programme at SLU are urged to take the web-based teaching components provided for undergraduate-level independent projects. A course in scientific methodology is any course or course component that contributes to the student fulfilling the qualification requirement of advanced method knowledge in the main field of study. The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date the student has been admitted to and registered on.

The thesis can be written in Swedish, if the student has knowledge equivalent to Swedish in general eligibility for Swedish higher education.

The Board of Education has decided that a student at SLU should be given 20 hours of supervision for an independent project of 30 credits. The supervision can be individual and in groups.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)

EX0945, 30.0 credits
Independent Project in Landscape Architecture, A2E – Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation – Master's Programme,

Course goals

The course goals in the syllabus are basis for examination. On completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- independently and creatively identify and formulate scientific questions;
- independently search, compile, evaluate and critically interpret relevant information and literature;
- independently plan and, using adequate methods, carry out a scientific study within given time frames;
- analyse and evaluate data and/or findings on a scientific basis;
- discuss contents and conclusions in a scientific work critically, and reflect on how the choice of question and method relates to the scientific and practical basis of the subject;
- reflect on social and ethical aspects, sustainability aspects within the subject as well as ethical aspects of research and development;
- present a scientific work in accordance with the prevailing practice of the discipline, adapted to the intended audience and according to the instructions given;
- write a summary in English of a scientific report according to the instructions given;
- write a popular science summary of a scientific work according to the instructions given;
- present a scientific work orally and critically review and discuss, as well as give constructive criticism of, another student's project, including method, conclusions and the context of the work in a wider perspective;
- identify their own skill and knowledge development needs in the subject of the project;
- reflect upon what the science concept, eg in the learning objectives above, implies within landscape architecture, as a basis for choosing working methods and knowledge production,
- consider how the work within landscape architecture can be graphically and visually presented.

Scientific structure

The grading criteria are arranged in the scientific structure of an academic work; introduction, method, result and discussion plus language.

Grading

In communicating grades evaluating words according to general learning goals can be used such as knowledge, understanding (3), reflective, analytical (credit), evaluative assessments and creativity (distinction).

Grading criteria EX0945

Approved/Failed

3

4

5

Title

The title describes in a few precise words the content of the thesis work

Abstract

The abstract of 2-3000 characters including spaces follow the scientific structure of the thesis work and presents the content as a whole.

Popular science

summary

The popular science summary of 8000-10,000 characters including spaces follow the structure of the thesis work and presents the content as a whole.

Introduction and Theory

The student has independently and creatively identified and formulated scientific questions. The student has shown skills in searching, compiling, evaluating and critically interpreted relevant information and literature

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 formulated scientific questions and presented a literature review with credit.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 and 4 the students has formulated scientific questions and presented a literature review with distinction.

Method

The student has planed and used adequate methods to carry out a scientific study within given time frames.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 the student has used methods that are especially adapted to the thesis work.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 and 4 the student has used methods that are especially creatively adapted to the thesis work.

Result

The student has analysed and evaluated data and/or findings on a scientific basis and presented the results of the thesis work considering how the work within landscape architecture can be graphically and visually presented.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 the student has presented the results with credit.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 and 4 the student has presented the results with distinction.

Discussion

The discussion includes the content and conclusions in the scientific work. The discussion critically reflects on how the choice of question and method relates to the scientific and practical basis of the subject and implies within landscape architecture.

The discussion reflects on social and ethical aspects, sustainability aspects within the subject as well as ethical aspects of research and development.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 the discussion is completed with credit.

In addition to the criteria for grade 3 and 4 the discussion is completed with distinction.

Language

Correct language

With credit

With distinction

References

Correct referencing

Disposition

Scientific structure

Format

Frontpage and title page

Poster

According to library's instruction

Seminar

Active participation

Presentation

Well completed

Opposition

Well completed

Work plan

Approved/

submitted in time

Title/research-questions

Approved and submitted in time

Assessment:

All parts to be assessed must be approved with Approved or grade 3. Grade 3 reflects the course goals. For grades 4 or 5, an average for the five parts introduction, method, results, discussion and language, is assessed and the examiner explain the assessment in a grade message. The grade message includes description of corrections that needs to be done before publishing on Epsilon.

1) Succeding with your Master’s dissertation, 3 uppl.
Author: Biggam, John
ISBN: ISBN: 9780335264490

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture for Sustainable Urbanisation - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 149964 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: EX0945 Application code: SLU-30174 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%