DESST 1505 - History Theory I

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2015

This course frames contemporary architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the historical and theoretical contexts of previous design experience and debates. Focusing on key developments since the 20th century, the recent past is explored and explained in terms of its relevance to present issues and tendencies in design theory and practice. This course aims to develop and apply skills in critical reading and interpretation, including the establishment of an argument. Students will be exposed to a range of relevant criticism and scholarship employing different research methods. They will develop basic research skills and an understanding of academic writing conventions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 1505
    Course History Theory I
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes & B.E(Arch) students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description This course frames contemporary architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the historical and theoretical contexts of previous design experience and debates. Focusing on key developments since the 20th century, the recent past is explored and explained in terms of its relevance to present issues and tendencies in design theory and practice.

    This course aims to develop and apply skills in critical reading and interpretation, including the establishment of an argument. Students will be exposed to a range of relevant criticism and scholarship employing different research methods. They will develop basic research skills and an understanding of academic writing conventions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Gavin Chow

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    As a Level I Core Course in History and Theory, the course is designed to foster knowledge, understanding and skills that will assist the student with both future courses as well as professional design practice. As an outcome of this course the students will be able to:

    Knowledge and Understanding:
    1. Identify important practitioners, projects and architectural movements of the last century.
    2. Identify the various theoretical approaches in contemporary design practice and discourse.
    3. Interpret & discuss the socio-cultural context of the 20th and 21st centuries within which these theoretical approaches to design have developed.
    4. Compare & critique the various approaches to design in relation to their historical context.

    Skills:
    5. Identify reliable and relevant sources of historical information for personally guided research.
    6. Compare & analyse differing viewpoints to historical events and formulate an informed view.
    7. Compose a critical argument and communicate this through clear and concise analytical text
    8. Employ academic protocols in writing & referencing through use of established styles.
    9. Analyse & evaluate architectural history through annotated drawings and creative writing.
    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. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,& 9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,5,6,7,8,& 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6,7,8,& 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4,5 & 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,3,4,5 & 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Text Books:
    The course has 3 assigned textbooks, namely:

    • New Directions in Contemporary Architecture
    Evolutions and Revolutions in Building Design Since 1988
    by: Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi

    • Artificial Love: A Story of Machines and Architecture
    by: Paul Shepheard

    • How Architects Write
    by: Tom Spector and Rebecca Damron

    These books are kept in stock and can be purchased from:

    UniBooks Store, North Terrace Campus.
    (or)
    Encompass Books, Rundle Mall

    Course Reader:
    In addition to the textbooks the course has an assigned Lecture Supplement/Glossary that can be obtained from the University’s Image & Copy Centre on the payment of a nominal fee. Please ensure that you purchase this resource well before the start of the semester and have it available for tutorial activities in Week 1.

    The contact details for the Image & Copy Centre are:
    The Image & Copy Centre
    Level 1, Hughes Building
    University of Adelaide
    Telephone: (08) 8303 4690 or (08) 8303 5217
    Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm

    Journal:
    You are required to maintain an A4 size journal for your course notes & weekly tasks.
    It is preferable that you use a journal with unruled pages & thickish paper to assist with drawing.

    Other Resources:
    Certain drawing tasks related to this course will require you to have access to drawing equipment and materials. You should have already obtained these for your Design Studio and Representation 1 courses, and can continue to use the same.
    Online Learning
    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.

    MyUni:
    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. 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

    Discussion Board:
    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.

    Lecture Recording:
    An audio recording of most lectures is made available in electronic format through the MyUni system for students to listen to on their own time and make notes. Please note that while these audio recordings are a useful resource for revision they should not be considered as replacement for actual lecture attendance. The lecture sessions will include activities and discussions on visual material that cannot be captured properly in the recording. Furthermore, technical issues cause delays in the availability of recordings which might affect your ability to complete ongoing tasks, not to mention technical failures which might result in certain recordings being unavailable.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/current-student
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    A register of suspected plagiarism incidents is maintained within the School and at the Faculty level.

    A plagiarist is one who takes the ideas, designs or writings of others, with or without permission, and passes them off as his or her own. Plagiarism includes among other things any copying of all or part of another student’s essay, examination answer or design, or of text or an illustration from a published or unpublished book, website, article or paper, (etc.) without acknowledging the source. It also includes copying architectural, landscape and other design drawings, regardless of how they were obtained. In effect plagiarism is theft of intellectual property, and students should be aware of the consequences of using unacknowledged work of others (including the work of other students), whether that work is text or graphics, or copied from hard copy or from electronic sources such as web sites. The School and the University regard academic dishonesty as a very serious offence. If it is determined that there are no extenuating circumstances within an occurrence of plagiarism it may lead to a student receiving zero marks for a course, without the option of a resubmission.
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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