DESST 1508EX - Environment I
External - Quadmester 4 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 1508EX Course Environment I Coordinating Unit Architecture and Landscape Architecture 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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Katharine BartschInterim Head of School
Program Director, Bachelor of Architectural Design
Academic Program Durector for Joint Educational Program between Nantong University and University of Adelaide
Room 456a, Level 4, Barr Smith South, School of Architecture and Built Environment
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (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/
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If queries cannot be resolved in your tutorial, please contact the course coordinator via email.
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.
Course Learning OutcomesEnvironment 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required Resources1- 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 ResourcesAdditional resources are suggested in the Assignment tasks and Lectures.
Online LearningThis course is delivered in an intensive mode in Quadmester 4 as detailed in the Learning Activities Summary on MyUni.
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Assessment SummaryOnline Quizzes 10%
Assignment 1: Tutorial Presentation 15%
Assignment 2 25%
Assignment 3 (Group) 20%
Assignment 4 30%
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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
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