Summer 2021 - ARCH 480 D300

Directed Laboratory/Library/Field Research

Class Number: 4179

Delivery Method: In Person


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  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including ARCH 282 or 372, and permission of the department.



A course in which students can undertake specific laboratory, library or field based research supervised by a faculty member. Variable units: 3, 4, 5 or 6.



1. The initiative for a Directed Study course comes from the student.
2. The student identifies a member of the faculty who has expertise in the area of the proposed study and receives preliminary approval for their supervision.
3. The student submits an initial proposal to the Faculty member and then discusses the proposal to confirm the academic quality of the Directed Study.
4. The student and the faculty member reach agreement and together draft a final proposal, which must include the faculty supervisor's signature. (see form at link below)
5. The student submits the signed proposal to the Departmental Assistant for Department approval. Proposals will be accepted one month before the start of the semester and up to the end of the second week of classes in the relevant semester. No late proposals will be considered.
6. Upon approval, the student will be registered for the Directed Study course by the Departmental Assistant.

Directed Readings Form

Once you have secured faculty sponsorship, please submit the completed form signed by yourself and the instructor to the Advising Office for Chair approval and processing.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).