DESST 2520 - Representation II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
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General Course Information
Course Code DESST 2520 Course Representation II 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 1504 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description This course explores innovative representational ideas and techniques in both a practical and theoretical context. Students will experiment with the imaginative potential of the techniques, precedents, concepts and technologies presented and engage with a range of techniques including photo collage, photography, visualising statistics, diagrams and botanical drawing. The course includes laboratory workshop sessions that aim to enhance skills in hand drawing and computer graphics introduced in Representation I.
Course Coordinator: Professor Samer AkkachCourse Coordinator:
Professor Samer Akkach
Room 470, Architecture building
08 8313 5832
Availabilable by appointment only
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
The typical weekly schedule includes:
1x 1hr lecture: Fridays 9:00-10:00am
1x 2hr workshop in the School's computer lab.:
- Fridays 10:00am-12:00noon
- Fridays 1:00pm -3:00pm
Check access Adelaide for your workshop tutorial group.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Employ a theoretical understanding of representation in the production of visual work.
2. Exhibit professional competency in 2D and 3D visual compositions.
3. Apply developed graphic design skills to communicate visually abstract concepts and design ideas.
4. Skilfully integrate various types of visual forms (drawings, images, texts) and media in visual and verbal communications.
5. Present developed skills in 2D compositions: large/small posters, magazine articles, illustrated reports, PowerPoint presentation, and web design.
6. Demonstrate mature, constructive, confident attitude toward teamwork.
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Required ResourcesThere are no specific textbooks for this course. Please check course information on MyUni for references, resources, and reading list.
Recommended ResourcesMore detail of specific references will be provided during the semester.
The School has 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 sessions are scheduled for Tuesday 6pm at the Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, and the exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
Online LearningLecture recordings, image pdfs, hand-outs, links for further reference and additional material considered of interest will be posted on the MyUni website following the relevant class.
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Use Discussion board on MyUni affectively to communicate with fellow classmates as well as tutors and lecturers.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning and teaching modes of Rep. II involve strategies that revolve around the problematized crossings between intellectual, literary, and visual forms of representation. This approach poses some difficult questions for the students, such as, how to make sense of the historical, theoretical, scientific, and literary information in their immediate design and representation tasks? How to manage the long- and short-term goals of the course for maximum intellectual and practical benefits? And how to motivate oneself beyond the expediency of meeting the teachers’ expectations? There are no direct answers to these open questions; they are meant to prompt the students to explore and discover, to take ownership of the inquiry process, and to find appropriate answers that suit their individual pursuit of learning. Rep. II modes of delivery are based on lectures and workshops, which will be augmented by technology-enhanced learning activities through which students participate in the responsibility of setting and managing expectations.
Students are required to attend all the lectures as these will provide, first, the theoretical information necessary for the satisfactory completion of the assignments, and, second, the expectations and standard of work to be met by the students.
Students are expected to attend all the workshops, which are devoted to the review and development of their individule and group work. Reviews will be mostly one-to-one or in small groups. On-screen crit is the main form of review and feedback, and students are expected to have their work-in-progress ready in digital format.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is a 3 unit course. Students in this course are expected to attend 3 hours of lecture/tutorial each week and allow for 9 hours of self-directed learning each week. That is a total of 12 hours a week for 12 weeks. The tutorials and other activities, including reviews of work in progress are an important component of learning in this course. The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in activities and discussions are considered extremely important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities SummaryPlease check the learning activites provided on MyUni.
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance and participation
Students are required to attend all lectures and workshops, and attendance record will be taken in the lectures and workshops. 10% of the total mark will be allocated for attendance and participation. Attendance will affect the 10% bonus mark allocated for digital exhibitions.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceReview of and feedback on student work will be conducted either in one-to-one or in small group exchange. Students are expected to have their work ready for review at each workshop in order to maximise the benifit of this learning opportunity.
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 SummaryAssignment 1 - Group work - 20%
Research: Illustrated Report and PowerPoint Presentation
Assignment 2 - Individual work - 30%
Design 1: Concept and Light Narrative
Assignment 3 - Individual work - 40%
Design 2: Form, Structure & Material
Attendance and participation 10%
Optional assignment - Self-directed work - 10% bonus
Assessment DetailAssessment and assignments detail are provided in the course outline on MyUni.
Assignment 1 - Group work - 20% - due in Week 5.
Assignment 2 - Individual work - 30% - due in Week 9.
Assignment 3 - Individual work - 40% - due in Week 13.
Digital Exhibition - Self-directed work - 10% bonus - due in week 13.
For submission dates and times, please check details provided on MyUni.
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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