DESST 2516 - Design Studio III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
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 Theme: dwelling/sustainability/regeneration.
Under the theme of regenerative design, this course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to develop and resolve design proposals at domestic scale with attention to architectural, engineering and structural details. This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to develop design proposals for sustainable housing by considering the local, national as well as international contexts. Students will apply passive thermal design principles including orientation, shading, material selection and thermal comfort in their developed designs. Design Studio III will consider design proposals and supporting infrastructure that analyses and critiques the concept of sustainable architecture and development in a warming environment, through drawing, digital and physical modelling.
Students will complete compulsory training in the Innovation Studios of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology. During Design Studio III students will complete modules on laser cutting fundamentals in a supervised environment in fully-equipped workshops as a foundation for future design studios.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan SharifiCourse 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)
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.
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Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
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.
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Learning resources will be made available on MyUni.
Project-specific resources will be provided as needed during the course.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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