DESST 3518 - History Theory III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 3518 Course History Theory 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 2521 or DESST 2502 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description Complementing the global breadth of the foundation survey courses, History Theory I & II, this course takes an in-depth local historical approach to examine the role of the designed environment and associated design disciplines in the construction of specific places and societies. The course focuses on the colonial-modern history of South Australia and the transformation of the cultural landscape of its First Nations custodians, the Kaurna people, through the design and building of the city we know today as Adelaide. Articulating multiple story-lines and theoretical perspectives through indigenous and other expert collaborators, the course attempts a deeper critical reading of contemporary Australian landscape, architecture and urbanism. It will also introduce students to relevant areas of critical inquiry and scholarship in which academic staff and/or visiting researchers are engaged in the school.
Students will enhance their foundation skills in academic research and writing, as well as the professional documentation and interpretation of built and landscape heritage through empirical inquiry using primary historical sources.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter ScriverDr Peter Scriver / course coourdinator, principal lecturer and tutor / Barr-Smith S 467 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Queale / tutor and principal guest lecturer / Heritage SA (SA Govt)
Dr Stephen Schrapel / tutor and guest lecturer / Swanbury Penglase Architects
Dr Carolyn Wigg / tutor and guest lecturer / Heritage consultant
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Outline the historical development of the architecture, urban design and cultural landscapes of South Australia since the impact of modern/European settlement in the early 19th c 2 Synthesise theoretical and cultural relationships between built form, content, context, concept, and construction that may be revealed in the case of South Australia, with particular reference to Aboriginal Australian and other non-European peoples 3 Articulate and interpret factors (social, economic, technological and aesthetic) that may influence the design and development of built environments 4 Compose a critical argument and communicate this in a clear and concise analytical text employing academic writing & referencing conventions 5 Demonstrate enhanced research skills in the use of primary sources as well as on-line resources to conduct original historical inquiry 6 Apply discipline-specific knowledge and skills (including architectural drawing) as prospective design professionals to document and assess a building as a contribution to built heritage
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.
1, 2, 3, 6
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.
2, 3, 4, 6
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 ResourcesThere is no prescribed reader for this course, but specific readings may be assigned and/or made available through MyUni. Students will also be expected to make extensive use of the Barr-Smith library and its architectural collections, The State Library of South Australia, The City of Adelaide Archives, as well as the specialist collection and archival resources of the South Australian Architecture Museum (which is housed at the UniSA School of Architecture).
Recommended ResourcesThe BSL library, Hub-Central, as well as the Learning support team of the Faculty (ECMS) provide a variety of resources including self-help guidelines, regularly scheduled workshops, and individual consultations by appointment, to assist students with challenges in academic writing referencing. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of these resources.
A list of recommended readings associated with South Australian history, architecture and planning/ landscape (some of which are available in BSL) will be provided at the commencement of the course. But students are also encouraged to extend their reading to Australian architecture, urban and landscape history more broadly, in consultation with their tutors.
Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites
The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary practice in the architecture, landscape and and urban design disciplines. 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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures are the key mode of content delivery and critical exposition in this course. There will normally be two distinct 50 minute lectures delivered each week in the two-hour lecture session, one by the principal course lecturers, the other by an expert guest lecturer.
Tutorials and workshops are scheduled periodically throughout the semester (but not every week, so please check the schedule carefully). Students will usually meet with their assigned tutor for a one hour session. However ‘workshop’ sessions will entail up to two hours of contact with one or more teaching staff
Out-of-classroom learning opportunities may also be exploited through short walking visits to nearby buildings and institutions including temporary exhibitions and the permanent collections of neighbouring public galleries and museums.
Assignments are designed to facilitate self-guided learning. These generally reflect the sequence the lectures, and will give students opportunities to explore and develop a self-selected topic or issue introduced in the lectures.
The tutoring staff and the guest Lecturers are primarily professional historians and architecturally trained heritage professionals. They bring current knowledge and substantial experience to the subject area.
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 (delete as appropriate):
For a 3 unit course:
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
For a 6 unit course:
Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 240 Hrs
For a 12 unit course:
Total workload hours: 48 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 624 Hrs
Total contact hours: 12 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 144 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 624 Hrs – 144 Hrs = 480 Hrs
These 120 or 240 or 480 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.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek Topic Lecture Tutorial/wrkshp
Week 1 Introduction Lecture 1 Workshop
Week 2 Early Adelaide Lectures 2 & 3 Tutorial
Week 3 First Contact Lectures 4 & 5 Workshop
Week 4 The struggle for space & ’place’ Lectures 6 & 7 Tutorial
Week 5 Late Victorian boom years Lectures 8 & 9 Tutorial
Week 6 Garden history Lectures 10 &11 (no contact)
Week 7 Dwelling and difference on the frontier Lectures 12 &13 Tutorial
Week 8 Early Modernism Lectures 14 & 15 (no contact)
Week 9 Mid-century Modernism Lectures 16 & 17 Tutorial
Week 10 Late Modernism Lectures 18 & 19 Tutorial
Week 11 Exporting Australian modernism Lecture 20 & 21 (no contact)
Week 12 (no lecture) Tutorial
Week 13 (no lecture) (no contact)
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryTutorial Task 1
formative & summative
Tutorial Task 2
formative & summative
Assessment Related RequirementsSUBMISSIONS
All details about the individual assignment submissions and online participation tasks will be provided on MyUni.
Please note the following general points about Submissions:
All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.
There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box. Online submissions can be made prior to the due date.
Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed in early.
The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance. Online submissions can also take time when file sizes are large and this can result in delayed submissions. The School recommends submissions < 50MB.
The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.
Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality. When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.
For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines.
Modified Arrangements (General)
Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.
The application form (the 'Blue Form') is available from the Front Office and needs to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation. It is not sufficient, for example, just to submit a medical certificate. If you are sick a medical certificate needs to be appended to the Blue Form.
Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.
In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances (Blue Form) may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.
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If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Offer of Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.
Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements can contact the
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Assessment DetailNOTE: The following summaries are generic descriptions of the nature and scope of the course assignments. Please refer to any supplementary assignment details and specifications that may be issued subsequently in class, and posted (under ‘Assignments’) on MyUni.
Tutorial Task 1 (individual)
Visual research exercise
• Students are required to undertake a short exercise to acquaint themselves with basic tactics and strategies for conducting local architectural research.
• Full references to sources (including on-line resources) are to be provided in accordance with University guidelines for academic referencing.
• Students will prepare and submit a concise description of the releavant materials sourced, as well as a concise written account of their research process, including a list all the resources consulted.
Tutorial Task 2 (individual)
Documentation, description and analysis/assessment
• Employing appropriate research strategies and tactics, each student will undertake a coordinated survey, graphic documentation and analysis of the historical, spatial, typological, and stylistic development of a specified building, urban loacilty, and/ot historcial place. other primary evidence relevant to an assigned building in Adelaide.
• This assignment will build on and extend skills and knowledge gained in the first tutorial task
• Each studnet will research and develop a short original essay from a list of selected topics (to be provided), or an appropriate alternate topic suggested and/or approved by their tutor. (2500 word text, plus full references to sources in either ‘Chicago’ endnote, or ‘Harvard’ in-text reference styles.)
• 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.
• Most assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of the submission and the interim grades will be made available through the My Grades system. Students are expected to inform the Course Coordinator if there are any errors with the marks entered on the system.
• The best examples of students’ work will be included in the All-In Exhibition to be held at the end of term alongside the best works from other courses and year levels.
Assessment Task Due Weighting Submission Method Tutorial Task 1 Wk 5 15% online (hard-copies to tute) Tutorial Task 2a Wk 7 (obligatory, but non-graded) online (hard-copies to tute) Tutorial Task 2a Wk 9 35% online (hard-copies to tute) Essay Wk 13 50% online
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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