DESST 1508 - Environment I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The course explores the notion that designers respond to pressing environmental, cultural, social and economic issues in the design and creation of our built environments. The course introduces the historical, political and ethical contexts and processes of environmental design. The relationship between climates, environments and design as both built structures and landscapes is explored at a variety of scales. This course introduces students issues to the complex context for the development of projects destined to shape our inevitably changing built environments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 1508
    Course Environment I
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes and B.E(Arch) students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description The course explores the notion that designers respond to pressing environmental, cultural, social and economic issues in the design and creation of our built environments. The course introduces the historical, political and ethical contexts and processes of environmental design. The relationship between climates, environments and design as both built structures and landscapes is explored at a variety of scales. This course introduces students issues to the complex context for the development of projects destined to shape our inevitably changing built environments.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Katharine Bartsch

    The Course Coordinator currently works part-time. The preferred mode of contact is via email.
    Email: katharine.bartsch@adelaide.edu.au 

    Course-specific queries should be raised with your tutor.
    If queries cannot be resolved in your tutorial, please contact the course coordinator via email.
    She will normally respond by the next working day.
    If you have a non course-specific query refer to the Student Handbook 2014 or Student Advisor.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Full timetable details, including the dates and times of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, are available in the Learning Activities Summary.

     Full details of the assignments and resources are provided in the appropriate folders on MyUni.

    Lectures:
    Fridays, 9-11am, Mawson Lecture Theatre B12 (North East corner of the North Terrace Campus). http://www.adelaide.edu.au/campuses/mapscurrent/north_terrace.pdf

    Tutorials:
    Friday 11-12noon: Tutorial 01 Barr Smith South 525 Lyrian Daniel, PhD Candidate
    Friday 11-12noon: Tutorial 02 Barr Smith South 522 Dr Namrata Vishwasrao, L. Architect
    Friday 11-12noon: Tutorial 09 Barr Smith South 511, DCR South Julian Rutt, Architect
    Friday 1-2pm: Tutorial 04 Barr Smith South 525 Dr Katharine Bartsch, Coordinator
    Friday 1-2pm: Tutorial 07 Barr Smith South 511, DCR South Julian Rutt, Architect
    Friday 1-2pm: Tutorial 08 Barr Smith South 509 Dr Namrata Vishwasrao, L. Architect
    Friday 2-3pm: Tutorial 03 Barr Smith South 510 Dr Namrata Vishwasrao, L. Architect
    Friday 2-3pm: Tutorial 05 Barr Smith South 528, DCR East Dr Katharine Bartsch, Coordinator
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The course learning outcomes for Environment I—which is created as an introduction to the relationship between climates, environments and designs in preparation for subsequent courses in the environment stream of the Bachelor of Architectural Design —are specifically aligned with the thematic content of the lecture series, the tutorials, the required and recommended reading, and the objectives of the assessable tasks.

    Thus, the student will develop the following knowledge and skills and be able to:
    1. Identify key aspects of the historical, political and ethical context of sustainable development
    2. Identify the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability
    3. Gain an understanding of sustainable processes, relating especially to biodiversity and water
    4. Broaden their understanding of how designers can contribute to sustainable development
    5. Apply independent research skills to interpret the relationship between climates, environments, and design
    6. Analyse and evaluate (textually and graphically) a site
    7. Interpret, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources to form and express a qualified critique of a sustainable design
    8. Compare and contrast the opinions of different scholars
    9. Write clear and concise analytical texts which structure evidence for and against (a point of view)
    10. Demonstrate the appropriate use of referencing
    11. Develop appropriate skills in the manipulation of text and image to communicate ideas
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 6, 7, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5, 6, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 10, 11
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Christopher B. Daniels and Catherine J. Tait (Eds.). (2006). Adelaide: Nature of a City: The Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836-2036. Adelaide: Biocity: Centre for Urban Habitats with the support of the Adelaide City Council, University of Adelaide (School of Environmental and Earth Sciences), The Department for Environment and Heritage and the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia.

    Christopher B. Daniels (Ed.). (2010). Adelaide: Water of a City. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

    The cost is $80 (for the pair) or $60 for one (either). This is a significant discount. Payment may be made by credit card or you can pay by cash. These texts will continue to be used throughout the Environment stream offered at Levels I, II and III. Compulsory reading material for lectures or weekly tutorials will be available in the corresponding folder on MyUni. Compulsory reading material for the assignments will be available in the relevant assignment folders on MyUni.

    The textbooks will be available from Chris Daniels, BJ3-17 Bonython Jubilee Building City East Campus, University of South Australia. They are available for sale at the following days/times (only):

    Tuesday 22nd July, 11-3pm
    Wednesday 23rd July, 11-3pm
    Tuesday 29th July, 11-4pm
    Recommended Resources
    Detailed information about further resources will be available on MyUni in the assignment folders.

    Academic Support
    Consult “The Writing Centre” for on-line resources re: essay writing guides, study guides, referencing. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/.

    Face-to-Face writing support is also available from Hub Central, Level 3. The Writing Centre provides academic learning and language support and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    The Writing Centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, and referencing techniques for success at university. Please note, the drop-in service is not an editing or grammar checking service but the Centre can help you develop your written English.
    No appointment is necessary. For greater assistance, please bring your course guide, assignment question, comments from your lecturers/tutors, and drafts of your writing.
    Online Learning
    In addition to the above textbooks, further assignment resources are available on MyUni. These may include further reading material for the lectures and tutorials, reading material that will assist with the preparation of assignments and appropriate links to assist students with academic writing including essay writing.

    Students are expected to familiarise themselves with all the available content on MyUni.

    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online at https://architecture.adelaide.edu.au/

    Students can access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link: https://architecture.adelaide.edu.au/docs/FINAL-2014-Arch-handbook.pdf

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Environment I focuses on student-centred learning and teaching. In “What the Student Does: Teaching for Enhanced Learning” Biggs (1999) advocates a systemic approach which takes into account all aspects of the teaching context—course objectives, teaching and learning activities and the assessment tasks—as a strategy to move away from passive, uni-directional, teacher-to student transmission of knowledge. This is the aim of the teaching and learning mode of Environment I. Importantly, Biggs stresses the need to embed the course objectives in the assignment tasks. Thus, formative and summative assessment tasks are designed to engage students in activities which will develop their knowledge and skills which are aligned with the course objectives (most significantly, foundational knowledge of sustainable development as a basis for future courses in the Environment stream at Levels I, II and III and an understanding of the synergies between design and the environment in preparation for future design studios as well as the ability to the ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources to prepare clear and concise analytical texts).

    The knowledge base begins with the lectures and the required reading material. However, these are intended as a point of inspiration and a starting point for students’ independent learning which is demonstrated in the assessable work. They are not intended as a comprehensive, finite review of the content.

    Knowledge, skills, and assessable work are carefully integrated to achieve the intended holistic approach to learning and teaching. Moreover, according to Biggs, assessment must generate higher level cognitive learning activities, specifically, theorising, applying, relating, understanding or explaining distinguished from describing, note-taking or memorising. Student-focused learning strategies, embedded in the assessable work, are essential to bring about higher level cognitive learning.

    Biggs, J. (1999). “What the Student Does: Teaching for Enhanced Learning.” Higher Education Research and Development Journal, 18 (1): 57-78.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at
    least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:

    Total workload hours:         12 hrs per week x 13 weeks: 156 hrs
    Total contact hours:             3 hrs per week x 12 weeks: 36 hrs
    Total self-guided study:    156 hrs –36 hrs: 120 hrs


    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required
    to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.

    Assignment #        Task                                Weighting    Approx. Preparation Hours
    Assignment 1         Poster                                 30%               36
    Assignment 2         Poster                                 25%               30
    Assignment 3a       Report                                 35%               42
    Assignment 3b       Oral/PPT Presentation            10%               12 + 8 (allocated face-to-face time)*

    * Refer to Learning Activities Summary (page 5), Weeks 9, 10, 11.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The Learning Activities Summary will be available in the Course Outline on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements relating to field trips for this course. However, students may choose to visit a sustainable house as part of Sustainable House Day 2014, and/or conduct in-situ site analysis in preparation for Assignment 3, in their own time. If students choose to do so, it is expected that students will exercise a responsible duty of care at all times and be respectful of the properties/sites they visit. All queries relating to Sustainable House Day 2014 or the requirements for Assignment 3 should be discussed with your tutor or the Course Coordinator.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Assignment 3 offers a small group discovery opportunity which is mentored by Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Dr Katharine Bartsch.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    All details about the individual assignments including an overview of each assessment task, the task type, due date, weighting, and identification of the learning objectives addressed by the assessment task are provided in the relevant assignment folder on MyUni. The course is not exempt from any requirement of the Assessment for Coursework Programs policy

    If there are any concerns about the due dates or conflicts arising with those of other courses these concerns must be communicated to the course coordinator by Monday of Week 2 (Monday 4th August). The course co-ordinator will take these into account and notify the class of any changes via MyUni.
     

    Assignment 1: Poster 1
    Mon 25th August, W5
    10am
    30%
    summative
     
    Assignment 2: Poster 2
    Tue 23rd Sept, W8+1
    11am
    25%
    summative

    Assignment 3a: Report
    Tue 28th Oct, W12
    10am
    35%
    summative
     
    Assignment 3b: Presentation
    Weeks 12 + 13
    As scheduled
    10%
    summative
     
    Assessment Assumptions
    The following skills are assumed: literacy; word-processing; use of powerpoint; ability to prepare an oral presentation; basic image processing (scanning, cropping, saving, re-sizing etc); initiative; remembering to REGULARLY SAVE YOUR WORK done on the computer and to BACK-IT-UP on portable hard-drive, CD, flash-drive or similar. Neither the course coordinator nor the tutors will undertake proof reading of assignments prior to submission.

    It is assumed that students are aware of the time required to print their work, or upload it to MyUni, given the number of students in the School and often competing deadlines across different year levels. Students, therefore, must MANAGE THEIR TIME appropriately to allow for such conflicts and timely submissions.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. Class rolls will be maintained to monitor attendance. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the first week of semester 1. Students wishing to swap between tutorial classes after this time are required to present their case to the coordinator (Katharine Bartsch), but should be aware that such a request may not be approved. It is important to maintain a good staff to student ratio of approximately 1:20.
    Assessment Detail
    All details about the individual assignments including an overview of each assessment task, the task type (e.g. summative, formative), due date, weighting, and identification of the learning objectives addressed by the assessment task are provided on MyUni.

    Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students should not contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.
    Submission
    Submissions must be made according to the School policy on late submissions and re-submissions as detailed in the Student Handbook 2014.

    https://architecture.adelaide.edu.au/docs/FINAL-2014-Arch-handbook.pdf


    Courses offered in the School are predominantly assessed by ‘assignments’ which are carried out in non-contact time and which are ‘due’ at or before a specified time on a specified day.

    The submission dates and locations for various assignments associated with this course are:

    Assignment 1: Poster 1
    Mon 25th August, W5
    10am
    30%
    Pin-up Venue TBA

    Assignment 2: Poster 2
    Tue 23rd Sept, W8+1
    11am
    25%
    Pin-up Venue TBA

    Assignment 3a: Report
    Tue 28th Oct, W12
    10am
    35%
    Submission Box

    Assignment 3b: Oral+PPT Presentation
    Weeks 12 + 13
    As scheduled
    10%
    As Scheduled
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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