Practicum and Thesis Overview


PRACTICUM

The Practicum is a final project that is required for the First-Professional degree. The student works in consultation with an Advisory Committee to formulate and develop the design project. The student must demonstrate a high level of achievement in design, critical thinking and communication skills as well as an ability to work independently.

Stages of the Practicum:
  • Project Proposal: A description of the theoretical basis, method(s) of inquiry, site, client and precedents.
  • Investigation: Development of the groundwork for the practicum gets underway on approval of the Project Proposal by the departments G.P.C (Graduate Program Committee)
  • Intermediate Review: Public presentation of highlights from the written document, the design programme and the preliminary stage drawings for review by the Advisory Committee. On successful completion of the Intermediate Review, students proceed to detailed design development. Students must submit a completed examiner’s form to the student advisor prior to Intermediate Review.
  • Oral Examination: Presentation of the completed practicum project to the Examining Committee (the former advising committee).

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THESIS

The Thesis is a formal, written document that is required for the Post-Professional degree. The thesis describes original research on a chosen subject. The original work may include, investigation aimed at the discovery and/or the interpretation of facts; challenge and/or possible revisions of accepted theories or laws; ordering and synthesizing of existing findings to support a conclusion which could open up new research directions.

Stages of the Thesis:

  • Research Thesis proposal: The proposal defines the theoretical basis, method(s) of inquiry, site and client, and identifies precedents.
  • Research gets underway after approval of the proposal – the research is carried out, followed by writing of the thesis.
  • Intermediate Review: Oral presentation of the developing research and report for review by the Advisory Committee. Students must submit a completed examiner’s form to the student advisor prior to Intermediate Review. On successful completion of the Intermediate review, student proceeds to final report writing.
  • Oral Examination: Presentation of the completed Thesis to the Examining Committee (the former advising committee).

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