DESST 2520 - Representation II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Samer Akkach

    Course Coordinator:
    Professor Samer Akkach
    Room 470, Architecture building
    08 8313 5832
    Available by appointment only

    As advised by Course Coordinator
    Course Timetable

    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

    1 x 2hr workshop in a designated space/oneline as advised:
    -      Fridays  10:00am-12:00noon
    -      Fridays  1:00pm - 3:00pm
    -      Fridays  3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Check Access Adelaide for your workshop tutorial group.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. 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, web design, and videos.

    6. Demonstrate mature, constructive, confident attitude toward teamwork.
    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)
    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
    1, 2
    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
    3, 4, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3, 4, 5
    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
    1, 6
    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
    1, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no specific textbooks for this course. Please check course information on MyUni for references, resources, and reading list.

    Recommended Resources
    More detail of specific references will be provided during the semester.

    Speaker Series:
    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 Learning
    Lecture recordings, image pdfs, hand-outs, links to references and additional material considered of interest will be posted on the MyUni website. Please check MyUni regularly.

    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.

    Use Discussion Board on MyUni effectively to communicate with fellow classmates as well as tutors and lecturers.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Modes of teaching and learning in Rep. II are lectures and workshops. In the lectures theoretical information will be delivered and in the workshops technical skills will be taught through specifically designed computer-based exercises. 

    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 development of techincal skills as well as the review of 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. Each week students are expected to attend 3 hours of lecture/workshop and to allow for 9 hours of self-directed learning, that is, a total of 12 hours a week over 12 weeks. The workshops 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 to be one of the key learning outcomes of the course.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Please check the learning activites provided on MyUni.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance and participation
    Students are required to attend all lectures and computer lab sessions; attendance will be based on the number of completed exercises during the lab sessions. Failing to complete the minimum number of exercises satisfactorily will affect your final mark and may result in failing the course. Please check course outline for detail.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Review 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. 
  • 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
    Assessment is based on the representation of a small design intervention as detailed in the Course Outline.

    There are two stages of assessment:

    Stage 1 - 40% - Wk 6 (summative assessment)

    Stage 2 - 60% - Wk 12 (summative assessment)

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment and assignments detail are provided in the course outline on MyUni.


    Assessment 1 - 40% - due on Monday Week 7.

    Assessment 2 - 60% - due on Monday Week 13.

    For submission dates and times, please check details provided on MyUni.
    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 ( 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
  • 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.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.