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Syllabus for

Academic year
AKA084 - Architecture: Theory and text
Arkitektur: teori och text
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKARK
12,0 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Architecture

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 45123
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0120 Written and oral assignments 12,0 c Grading: UG   12,0 c    

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TKARK ARCHITECTURE, Year 3 (compulsory)


Liane Thuvander

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

At least 90 university credits in Years 1 and 2 of the Architecture program, or equivalent work from comparable architecture or design education. 


Students write an academic essay within the field of architecture with emphasis on both content and language, and become versed in the culture of academic seminars. Students learn to search for information and critically evaluate and analyze the sources of the information they find, a skill that is becoming increasingly important as both the volume of information and its accessibility increase. This is a skill students need not only in school but also in their future roles as practicing professionals. The goal is to, with a architecture focus, give course participants a better understanding of the processes of publishing and searching for information, of literature search methodology and technique, of how to search for and critically evaluate information, and of the system for referencing sources.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Formulate a clear question to investigate within the field of architecture
- Search for information and evidence in literature within the field of architecture and other sources
- Organize a substantial amount of information
- Compose an interesting and easily read paper within the chosen architectural field
- Provide constructive criticism for others' papers
- Accept constructive criticism and rework their papers based on that critique


The main assignment is to write an essay on one of a number of given topics within the field of architecture. Students perform this work individually or in pairs. Each topic is defined in several questions, a limited number of articles, and a list of references for further reading. The topics are chosen and developed by the teaching team leader. The course builds on previous writing assignments from the undergraduate program. It gives students deeper understanding of the fundamentals of writing, such as organization, summary, synopsis, rhetoric, and referencing. Students must apply the fundamentals of academic writing in a paper within the field of architecture, using a correct system of annotation and referencing.
The course provides a more in-depth and thorough presentation of the tools available for information searches. We cover scientific communication, the structure and organization of information, and information searches. Students must practically apply this knowledge by searching for information in a specific subject area in architecture.

The Information Search unit of the course gives students an understanding of the publishing and information search processes, and an understanding of the organization and contents of the tools used in information searches through the school library and Internet search engines.
Students must make use of literature search methodology, find needed information, and critically evaluate it.


The course is planned and led by a teaching team. Students' work on their essays is supported by lectures on writing and architectural theory. The Information Search unit begins with a presentation on the system of scientific publishing, followed by a mandatory exercise at the library that covers information sources in various subject areas, search techniques, and referencing. Students are given an assignment that must be completed and approved. The Working with Texts unit is integrated with the students' essay writing, and includes studies of literature, analysis of texts, and regular guidance and critique from the faculty.


A reading list will be provided at the start of the course.

Examination including compulsory elements

A passing grade requires active participation, including response and opposition in seminars and final critique, and a satisfactory result on the essay. The essay is evaluated in terms of organization, writing technique, and content.

A passing grade requires active participation in the exercise and a satisfactory result on the assignment.

If the result is not considered as a pass in the course, then supplementation must be completed in accordance to written instructions and assessed in the next subsequent re-examination period. If this primary supplementation does not result in a pass and further supplementation is then required, this will also be notified in writing. This secondary supplementation will be assessed in the subsequent re-examination period. If the additions are then not deemed sufficient for passing the course, the course should be retaken.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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