DESST 1508EX - Environment I

External - Quadmester 4 - 2021

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 to the complex built environment and engineering contexts for the development of projects destined to shape our inevitably changing built environments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 1508EX
    Course Environment I
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Quadmester 4
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s External
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to Nantong students only
    Quota A quota of 50 applies
    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 to the complex built environment and engineering contexts for the development of projects destined to shape our inevitably changing built environments.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Katharine Bartsch

    Associate Head of School
    Program Director, Bachelor of Architectural Design

    Room 456a, Level 4, Barr Smith South, School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Email: katharine.bartsch@adelaide.edu.au (preferred mode of contact)
    Researcher Profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/katharine.bartsch
    Available by appointment only.

    Website: School of Architecture and Built Environment: https://architecture.adelaide.edu.au/

    Contact Protocol: Course-specific queries should be raised with your tutor.
    If queries cannot be resolved in your tutorial, please contact the course coordinator via email.

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    Course Timetable

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

    The full details for this intensive course are available in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Environment I introduces the relationship between specific environmental contexts (with emphasis on the bio-physical context) and design. The course provides the foundation for subsequent courses in the environment stream of the Bachelor of Architectural Design. 
    The course learning outcomes for Environment I are specifically aligned with the thematic content of the lecture series, the tutorials, the required and recommended readings, the objectives of the assessable tasks, and importantly, the program learning outcomes.

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1.   analyse key aspects of the historical, political and ethical context of sustainable development, as well as Indigenous perspectives about the environment. 
    2.   identify the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability.
    3.   demonstrate understanding of sustainable processes, relating especially to biodiversity and water.
    4.   employ the basic principles of sustainable design in a small project, including the selection of a plant palette. 
    5.   apply independent research skills to analyse and evaluate the relationship between climates, environments, and design. 
    6.   write clear and concise analytical texts which structure evidence for and against (a point of view) relating specifically to sustainable design.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4-6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1- Joy Palmer, David Cooper, Peter Corcoran (eds.). (2013). Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment. Hoboken, NJ: Taylor and Francis / Routledge.

    2- Travis Beck. (2013). Principles of Ecological Landscape Design. Washington, DC: Island Press / Center for Resource Economics: Imprint: Island Press.

    3- Paul Thompson. (2012). Australian Planting Design. Second Edition. Victoria, Australia: CSIRO.

    These textbooks are available online via the Barr Smith Library for unlimited simultaneous users.

    All other resource books are available in electronic version at the University of Adelaide via the MyUni Digital Platform. Students are also required to conduct independent critical research via the University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Digital Search Engine for their Assignments.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional resources are suggested in the Assignment tasks and Lectures.
    Online Learning
    This course is delivered in an intensive mode in Quadmester 4 as detailed in the Learning Activities Summary on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is detailed in MyUni.
    Workload

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

    Online Quizzes 10%
    Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentation 15%
    Assignment 2 25%
    Assignment 3 (Group) 20%
    Assignment 4 30%
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is delivered in an intensive mode in Quadmester 4 as detailed in the Learning Activities Summary on MyUni.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This is detailed in MyUni.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Assignment 3 offers a small group discovery experience.
  • Assessment

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    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
    This is detailed in MyUni.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This is detailed in MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    This is detailed in MyUni.
    Submission
    This is detailed in MyUni.
    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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