DESST 2519 - Design Studio IV
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 2519 Course Design Studio IV Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 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 2516 Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description This course comprises of a number of independent discipline-based but interrelated studios and allows students to choose their design studio with an architecture, landscape architecture or urban design focus. These interrelated design studios emphasise design approaches that privilege historical material as a source through the experimental study of archival evidence. Analysis and interpretation of that material will be used to generate sustainable design outcomes. Students can elect to take this studio as an overseas studio during the midyear break prior to the beginning of semester two.
Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Ridgway
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAs a Level II Core Course, Design Studio IV is designed to foster knowledge, understanding and skills that will assist the student with both future courses as well as professional design practice.
Knowledge and Understanding:
1. Understanding the overall design process as applied in the various related disciplines
2. Understanding the role of self exploration in the design process
3. Understanding the impact of existing disciplinary knowledge on the design process
4. Understanding issues of contemporary design theory and ethics
5. Understanding of relevant construction processes and materials etc.
6. Ability to use Drawings and Models for critical design thinking
7. Ability to interpret Design Briefs and develop Building Program
8. Ability to use various Presentation Techniques to express ideas
9. Ability to develop a Theoretical Framework for Design
University Graduate Attributes
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Required ResourcesFor the various drawing and model making exercises associated with this course you will be required to procure appropriate materials, which can be bought at the following locations:
Eckersley's Art & Craft
21/27 Frome St
Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8223 4155
5-7 Anzac Highway
Keswick SA 5035
(08) 8229 9500
Further information on specialist materials and equipment will be available during relevant studio sessions.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Readings:
Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites
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 recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesAs a core course in design, the teaching activities for this course revolve around the collegial exchange in a design studio environment. The studios are not only a place for contact with tutors for individual feedback but also a place for students to have a discussion about the central issues concerning the design process. Therefore, the design work of the various members of the studio will be discussed critically and openly for all to benefit from the reflective process. Students should really try and engage with this process as much as they can and make the most of the limited contact time. The small class sizes and the disciplinary focus of each studio provides a perfect opportunity to achieve this environment of open exchange, and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the related content before coming for the session, so as to extract the maximum benefit from their interaction with the tutors and their peers.
The different studio sessions as part of this course operate under the 'atelier method' where established designers/studio leaders use their preferred design process to direct students' learning. Accordingly, the different studios have different projects and different program of activities. These are communicated to the registered students in the first contact week, and a copy of the different programs is also available through MyUni for reference.
To ensure the quality of delivery and discussion in these sessions there are some protocols of behaviour that must be adhered to. These include:
- Students need to arrive for the sessions on time and no later than 10 minutes past the hour
- Mobile phones must be switched off or turned to silent, and shouldn’t be accessed during class
- While laptops are allowed, access to social networking media is strictly prohibited during class
In addition to these contact sessions, students need to spend a considerable amount of time on Self-Guided Learning & Research. The workload expectations are outlined in the next section.
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 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 SummaryDifferent studio leaders will have different program of activities.
These are available separately from MyUni.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe different studio sessions as part of this course operate under the 'atelier method' where established designers/studio leaders use their preferred design process to direct students' learning. As a result the entire studio operates under a Small Group Discovery framework with close contact to industry leaders throughout the semester.
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryDifferent studio leaders will have different program of activities.
These are available separately from MyUni.
Assessment DetailMarking & Feedback (General)
- 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.
- Feedback for in-class submissions will only be available during the tutorial as oral critique in the style of studio wall-crits. Students should arrange with peers to make notes for reference.
SubmissionDifferent studio leaders will have different program of activities.
These are available separately from MyUni.
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.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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