DESST 3515 - Representation III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

In this course students will create a portfolio. This is an opportunity to consider issues of multipage documents including templates, master pages, font selection and the relationship of image and text and the unfolding of information, hierarchy and composition. The course places emphasis on the effective communication of visual concepts. The course provides the skills and knowledge for advanced 3D modelling, rendering, importing digital and photographic 3D models into Photoshop as perspectival montages and integration of CAD based drawings into graphic platforms. It may involve some laboratory workshop sessions as it explores advanced application of graphic software and the interaction with other discipline based software.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 3515
    Course Representation III
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    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 2520 or DESST 2503
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description In this course students will create a portfolio. This is an opportunity to consider issues of multipage documents including templates, master pages, font selection and the relationship of image and text and the unfolding of information, hierarchy and composition. The course places emphasis on the effective communication of visual concepts.

    The course provides the skills and knowledge for advanced 3D modelling, rendering, importing digital and photographic 3D models into Photoshop as perspectival montages and integration of CAD based drawings into graphic platforms. It may involve some laboratory workshop sessions as it explores advanced application of graphic software and the interaction with other discipline based software.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Jesse Zilm

    Course Timetable

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

    Please refer to handout to be given at first class.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Understand representation as a creative process closely intertwined with the design process itself;
    2. Demonstrate observational and analytical skills through iterative production and reflection;
    3. Utilise visualisations and form generative processes that are crucial for design development;
    4. Document complex design ideas and concepts through 2D and 3D representations.
    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)
    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
    1,2,3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4
    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
    1,2,3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Information regarding texts, materials and tools will be given in a handout at the end of each lecture, before the start of the workshop sessions.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended publications related to specific topics or tasks will be announced in the respective task handouts.

    The University library has a collection of relevant design journals, which are an excellent resource for design ideas, theoretical texts, detailing and presentation techniques. E.g. El Croquis, Assemblage, Architectural Design, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Project, Quaderns, Architecture Review and Architecture Australia. http://www.archizines.com/

    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 highly recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
    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 / Canvas
    In addition to the above resources, further assignment resources are available on MyUni / Canvas. These may include further reading material for the lectures and studios, reading material that will assist with the preparation of assignments and appropriate links to assist students with academic writing including essay writing as required.

    MyUni / Canvas 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

    Discussion Board
    The Canvas Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.

    Lecture Recording
    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 Canvas . However, this service 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 https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-studentarchitecture/
    current-student


    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/enrolments
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course introduces a performative approach to architectural design and representation, in which experimental and technical practices are developed in a series of perpetual transformations that lead to a real life project scenario, its resolution and presentation. Each segment focuses on a specific aspect in the production of architectural space, creating an operational field from which the design unfurls. The course content will be delivered in the lectures as well as the respective workshop sessions. The lectures set up specific topics, they give background information for students’ to follow up on in their independent study and inspiration for the design tasks at hand. Topics and tasks build upon each other. The workshop sessions will lead into each task and allow for feedback between the course staff and the students.
    Workload

    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 (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.

    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

    These 120 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 Summary
    Week Topic Learning Activities Submit
    Week 1 Introduction Observe & translate
    Week 2 Models Form
    Week 3 Ideas Complex space
    Week 4 Process Idea & program
    Week 5 Motion Motion
    Week 6 Layout Graphic Representation
    Break Booklet 1
    Break
    Week 7 Structure Structure
    Week 8 Interface Interface
    Week 9 NO LECTURE Revisit structure & interface
    Week 10 Material Material
    Week 11 Document Document / Drawings
    Week 12 Recap
    Week 13 Booklet 2
    Specific Course Requirements
    You will need to be familiar with the 3D modelling software Rhinoceros, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign, and enjoy building physical models. In particular Rhino is a prerequisite, so you may have to individually acquire basic skills before you participate in this course.

    In order for this course to progress as planned:

    a – you start a task in class and submit your ‘work in progress’ at the end of it.
    b – you finalize the task during the week, in order to use it as a point of departure for the next task / week.
    c – you present your collated tasks, wrapped up as booklets, in the submissions at the mid and end of the semester. 

    Failure 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 Experience
    There is no explicit small group discovery exercise for this course.
  • 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 Task Due Date/ Week Weighting Length Related Learning Outcome
    General semester progress and workshop outcomes (individual) Weekly 10% N/A 1 - 4
    Design Project - Booklet 1: Collated finalised tasks 1-6 (individual) 13 April (Thursday) 40% TBA 1 - 4
    Design Project - Booklet 2: Collated finalised tasks 1-12 (individual) 8 June (Thursday) 50% TBA 1 - 4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course is build upon a series of tasks that introduce problems and solutions that are inherent to architectural design processes. Each task builds upon the previous, it is therefore mandatory to work through them in the given order and in a timely manner. Participation in the weekly lectures and workshop sessions is required to demonstrate the student’s progress, as well as to take benefit from the tutors’ demonstrations and feedback. All tasks have to be collated into a project portfolio and submitted for Mid- and Final Review.
    Assessment Detail
    Each week students are asked to progress one step further in the conception and resolution of a hypothetical design proposal. 12 consecutive tasks (see learning activities summary above) are described in detail and made available at the end of each lecture / before the start of the workshop sessions. Each handout describes the intentions of the task, materials and tools needed, gives access to supportive text readings, shows examples of previous work and names the respective assessment criteria.

    Each task will be further introduced by the tutors in the workshop sessions. At the end of each workshop session the students are required to upload their ‘work in progress’ onto MyUni. Subsequently the students have to substantially develop the task further during self guided study time and later present their final outcomes in form of a project portfolios and models. Students will be credited for a comprehensibly laid out design proposal in the form of an illustrated booklet that includes all steps of the design process.  Work on the booklet is supposed to commence from the start of the semester and run parallel to the weekly workshop sessions. Continuously editing a project booklet is a formalised way to analyse the design questions and synthesise possible solutions.

    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.
    Submission
    COMPONENT DUE DATE TIME WEIGHT METHOD
    1. General semester progress Workshop outcomes weekly (Thursday) within studio hours 10% pdf. upload
    2. Booklet 1
    Collated finalised tasks 1-6
    Tuesday 13 April 12 pm 40% pdf. upload
    3. Booklet 2 + poster Collated finalised tasks 1-12 Tuesday 08 June 12 pm %0% pdf. upload + print + physical submission



    All assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated above. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.
    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.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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