Understanding Scientific Research – Its relevance for Architecture, Planning and Design
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We have all done some science at school but have you considered how the scientific method was developed? Why it is so reliable and widely applied for all types of research and surveys? Its relevance for Architecture, Planning or Design? This course aims to address such questions.

Science is an integral part of modern society. Look around you. What do you see? Perhaps, a phone screen, a teacup, pens, or the sun shining through the window. Science, or more precisely empirical research, in the reason for our knowledge and understanding of more or less everything that we know about in the universe: the connection between the tiniest subatomic particles to the immense powerful black holes, or how the COVID-19 infects us and why it can fatal for some but not others, and how your mind functions while you are reading and understanding these words. But more to the point science is fundamentally a process by which we learn about all these things. It helps satisfy the natural curiosity with which we are all born: how do airplanes stay airborne, what would be an effective vaccination against COVID-19, how do we see colours? And in the process it leads to huge technological advances that include our ability to conduct this course without being in the same classroom on the CEPT campus!

This course will help students to understand how and why science is different from other ways of doing research and survey. To understand and evaluate the scientific process and how it allows us to build human knowledge: knowledge that is reliable and useful and without which the modern world would not be modern at all.

This is an online seminar mode course, with a blend of instruction and presentation based discussions, and in class assignments.

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