DESST 3517 - Environment III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 3517 Course Environment III 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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge DESST 2517 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes & B.E(Arch) students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description Students in this course will consider cities, landscapes and urban environments as complex living systems within ethical and political contexts.
At metropolitan and local scales issues of planning and design including: urban sprawl, public space, perpetual growth, plants, energy, climate change, resources, microclimate, transport, water, waste, agriculture and energy will be explored. The course aims to develop skills in critical thinking and knowledge of the technological, building codes standards, scientific and cultural factors that drive and define the problems that designers engage with to make positive contributions.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jo Russell-Clarke
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Lectures
Fridays, 9:00-11:00am, Hughes Lecture Theatre, Hughes 309.
Tutorials 11am-12pm / 1-2pm Barr Smith Sth, 509/510
ST01 room 509 Friday 11am-12pm: Athanasios Lazarou (Nasi)
ST02 room 510 Friday 11am-12pm: Jo Russell-Clarke
ST03 room 509 Friday 1-2pm: Athanasios Lazarou (Nasi)
ST04 room 510 Friday 1-2pm: Jo Russell-Clarke
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with major themes, texts, people, organisations and movements
affecting environmental design, policy and community understandings in general.
2. Articulate the historic and evolving role of built environment professionals in the
complex ethical and political contexts of project development and delivery.
3. Argue their position as a designer in relation to environmental themes and positions.
4. Communicate persuasively with verbal, written and graphic languages, applying and extending
skills from previous courses.
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)
1-4 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
2-4 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 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-4 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
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
Required ResourcesRequired reading material can be sourced online as indicated in assignment sheets, lectures and tutorials.
Recommended ResourcesAdditional Resources
The following key text is available online through the library (students must log-in and can then access by clicking the grey ‘view book online’ button):
Wall, D. (1994). Green History A Reader in Environmental Literature, Philosophy and Politics. S.l. Routledge.
The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and
the Front Office.
Online LearningUniversity 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.
MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.
In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is provided through the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for lectures with essential course content and may not include guest lectures. Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content from peers.
Noticeboard / Handbook:
General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is delivered through lectures, tutorial activities and self-directed learning, utilising:
Quizzes, group powerpoint preparation and verbal presentation, textual close reading and writing workshops, graphic design exercises including manual and various digital software production.
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 (i.e. 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 at the minimum 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 hrs: 12 hours per wk x 14 wks (inc. of mid‐semester break) = 168 hours
Total contact hours: 3 hours per week x 12 weeks = 36 hours Total self‐guided study: 168 – 36 hours = 132 hours
These 132 hours should be used towards for working on the various assignments associated with the course, including development of requisite research, knowledge, and skills. Please organise your time wisely!
Learning Activities SummaryWEEK DATE LECTURE TUTORIAL ASSIGNMENTS PRODUCTION
WK1 Jul 31 L01 Introduction T01 Introduction A0 “Reading Home" issued
WK2 Aug 07 "L02 Elaboration
Film: “Urbanized”" "T02 A0 pinup
Theme discussion" "A0 Submission
A1 "Defining Readings" issued" Initial forays
WK3 Aug 14 L03 Time T03 Discussion 02; Workgroup setting "Form workgroups
Explore city 01"
WK4 Aug 21 L04 Work T04 Fieldtrip (TBC) "
" "Explore city 02
WK5 Aug 28 L05 Play T05 A1 Progress Define investigations
WK6 Sep 04 L06 Guest Lecture (TBC) "T06 A1 Review
" "A1 Submission
A2 "Develop Reading" issued"
WK7 Sep 11 L07 Framing a Reading 01: Question+Method T07 A2 Progress 01 Refine investigations
WK8 Sep 18 L08 Framing a Reading 02: Documentation; Visualisation; Interpretation T08 A2 Progress 02 Pursue individual investigations - Gather data 01
BREAK 1 Sep 25 Pursue individual investigations - Gather data 02
BREAK 2 Oct 02 "Editors’ group forms;
WK9 Oct 09 L09 Production 01 T09 A2 Review "A2 Submission
A3 “Assemble Readings” issued" Adjust individual investigations;
WK10 Oct 16 L10 Production 02 T10 A3 Progress 01 "Finalise individual investigations
WK11 Oct 23 L11 Conclusion: Mobilising Urban Readings T11 A3 Progress 02 Flow in content; Layout pages
WK12 Oct 30 L12 Final Words, Review T12 Final Book Review A3 Submission Deliver book files
WK13 Nov 06 EXTRA: Book Production Print books
Specific Course RequirementsFailure to attend teaching due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances is dealt with the School Policy, administered by the School Office. Submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration together with the original signed medical or other relevant officer, to the School Office. If you foresee a problem contact the Course Coordinator BEFORE the problem actually occurs. Otherwise, contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible and submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration to the School Office.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAss1 is a small group discovery experience.
This is a group ‘research’ project investigating environmental concerns within a given area of social, political and economic debates. These topic areas are the X. They are: land reform, animal rights, vegetation protections, mineral extraction, human rights, air rights and ocean issues. Each of these areas encompass old and current arguments about opportunities and threats to environmental health and ecological stability. Each research group will produce a booklet or pamphlet illustrating 26 A-Z word or phrases relating to an aspect of the given topic area. For example, animal rights encompass critique of a very wide range of ways that humans alter, use or exploit animals for food, labour, other products and experiments of many sorts. The words may be the names of processes (e.g. vivisection), animal products, famous animals (e.g. Laika the Soviet space dog), activists, movements or legislation that promotes or defends the use of animals for human profit or pleasure. The ‘animal rights’ group is to find and illustrate 26 words or terms starting with each letter of the alphabet (e.g. V = vivisection). Include terms linked to examples of animals or animal products used in building materials or construction and consider threats to the environments of particular species through architectural or planning decisions including the loss of types of habitats (wetland
and grassland loss has endangered many species – while some species have thrived and become pests, for example in urban environments such as the ‘bin chicken’ and ‘trash panda’) or specific projects (you may use the proper names of dams, housing estates or individual buildings). Well-designed graphic outputs must follow the assignment requirements.
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Assessment SummaryPlease refer to assignment briefs made available on MyUni for individual assessment criteria and requirements. Notify course
coordinator if assignment briefs are not accessible.
1: Small Group Discovery Project – A-Z of X / DUE Week 4 17th Aug / In class & upload / 20% / summative
2: Apocalypse Movie / DUE Week 8 13th Sep / In class & upload / 40% / summative
3: Quiz / DUE Week 12 / In class online / 30% / summative
4: participation / DUE ongoing / In class & upload / 10% / formative
Assessment Related RequirementsTo do well, students need to participate in all class activities. Please make sure you attend regularly and come prepared for class.
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Task/Assignment No. & Name Due date Time Weight Submission Method A-Z of X 17 Aug 7pm 20 online and presentation Apocalypse Movie 13 Sep 11.59pm 40 online and presentation Quiz 27 Oct 11am (end of class) 30 inclass online Participation ongoing 10 in class & upload
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.
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