DESST 2516 - Design Studio III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 2516 Course Design Studio III Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge DESST 1506 or DESST 1029 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDest students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description Under the theme of revitalisation, this course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to develop design proposals at an urban architectural and engineering scale. The course considers the local, national as well as international contexts.
The local Urban Design Project will consider design proposals and supporting infrastructure that analyses and critiques the intellectual tradition of the city in the context of greater metropolitan Adelaide, through drawing and both digital and physical modelling.
Course Coordinator: Professor Samer AkkachCourse Coordinator
Professor Samer Akkach
The teaching team includes:Studio Leader, Course CoodinatorGroup Leaders, Practising Professionals
The teaching team changes from year to year and details are provided on MyUni.
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. Understand the social dimensions and implications of architectural design.
2. Develop a stong sense of social responsibility.
3. Analyse and evaluate architecture in relation of the tangible and intangible aspects of its context.
4. Produce architectural design propositions that interpret and contribute to the project's geo-physical, urban, social, and historic contexts.
5. Develop skills in defining a design brief and an architectural program the materialises the brief.
6. Demonstrate confidence and self-motivation as a designer with sophisticated visual and verbal communication skills.
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)
1-6 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
1-4 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
3-6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 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, 2, 3, 5 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, 6
Learning resources will be made available on MyUni.
Project-specific resources will be provided as needed during the course.
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Lecture recordings, hand-outs, links for further reference and additional material considered of interest will be posted on the MyUni course website.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesActive Learning
Design Studio III promotes an approach to teacher-student intellectual interaction and knowledge exchange, wherein knowledge transaction is not viewed as occurring through a simple, one-way, linear process from an active source (the teacher) to a passive recipient (the student). Rather, it is viewed as a complex, two-way, dialectic process aimed at dealing with, appropriating, and managing a large body of knowledge that exists in the public realm.
Today, the nature of expertise and ownership of knowledge have changed dramatically with the innovations of the World-Wide-Web and advanced information technology. The conventional mode of design studio teaching, which is based on the old master-disciple model of professional training, has become outdated and imposing many leaning limitations.
In Design Studio III, students are viewed as active learners, and as such are encouraged to be actively engaged the generation, dissemination, and appropriation of design-enabling knowledge. They are expected to participate in discussing and negotiating the appropriateness and relevance of the theoretical strategy proposed, in promoting alternative theoretical strategies for dealing with the complex design issues of the proposed project, in debating their ideas confidently in the lectures and studios, and in negotiating an appropriate approach for the articulation of their design ideas.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This is a 6 unit course. Students in this course are expected to attend 6 hours of lecture/tutorial/seminar each week and allow for 18 hours of self-directed learning each week. That is a total of 24 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.
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 6 unit course are expected to devote 24 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: 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
These 240 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
Learning activities change from year to year. Check detailed Course Outine provided by Course Coordinator on course website on MyUni.
Specific Course Requirements
Specific Course Requirements change from year to year. Check the detailed Course Outline provided by Course Coordinator on the Course website on MyUni.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceDesign Studio III provides an opportunity for Small Group Discovery Experience through the collaborative work required within the small Design Groups. For details, please check the Course Outline on MyUni.
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- 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 exercises (or Assignmnets) are project related and will change from year to year. Details of individual Assignments are given in the detailed Course Ouline Available on MyUni.
Assessment Related Requirements
Attendance and completion of weekly tasks are essential for passing the Course. The weekly tasks are project related and vary from year to year, please check the detailed Course Outline availabe on MyUni.
Assessment DetailDetails of each assessment task are available on MyUni.
SubmissionSubnission modes, dates, and times vary from year to year, please check the detailed Course Ouline available on MyUni including all the School's rules concerning submission.
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
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