DESST 2516 - Design Studio III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Veronica Soebarto

    Course Coordinator 
    Professor Samer Akkach

    Teaching Team
    The teaching team includes:
    Studio Leader, Course Coodinator
    Group Leaders, Practising Professionals
    The teaching team changes from year to year and details are provided on MyUni.
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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)

    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.


    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.


    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.

    1, 2, 3, 5

    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.

    1, 2, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Learning resources will be made available on MyUni.

    Recommended Resources

    Project-specific resources will be provided as needed during the course.

    Academic Support:
    The Professions Learning Centre (PLC) provides postgraduate coursework students of the Faculty of Professions free academic skills advice on critical analysis and structuring assignments, paraphrasing, referencing, oral presentation skills and other skills to assist with success at university. You are encouraged to take advantage of the service to enable you to improve your performance in your studies. To contact a Learning Advisor please send an email to

    Online Learning

    Lecture recordings, hand-outs, links for further reference and additional material considered of interest will be posted on the MyUni course website.

    A Discussion Board and ability to share and build Group work will also be available on MyUni for students to use.

    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.

    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Active 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.

  • 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 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 Detail
    Details of each assessment task are available on MyUni.
    Subnission 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. 

    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.

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