DESST 2519 - Design Studio IV
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
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 Amit Srivastava
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Please respect the facilities throughout the University.
In the School of Architecture and Built Environment students are required to fabricate models, projects and other hands-on creative activities. Of course, you will make a mess in the process! No problem! Please clean up after yourself. If the materials are recyclable and you don't want to reuse them yourself, put them in the recycling bins. Don't leave paper/cardboard/offcuts on the floor or table, put them in the bin. Don't leave broken blades etc. on tables, put them in a sharps bin. Don't leave work (models, drawings etc) in a space (tutorial room, computer lab, studio) and expect to find it when you come back. The facilities are shared. The School recommends that you store your work in a locker available from ASA or in Hub Central.
The tables in the learning and teaching spaces (tutorial rooms, computer labs, studios) are NOT cutting mats. Would you use an exacto knife or a scalpel to cut model making materials directly on your dining table at home? No? Don't do it at the University. Use a cutting mat. If you don't have one, buy one. All students should have a cutting mat in their Equipment Kit. You are expected to bring this with you if you are model-making, using glue etc.
Students are permitted to bring food and drink into the learning and teaching spaces. Please respect your peers. When you have finished your bottle of water, coffee cup, bubble tea, Coke, juice, Boost, Red Bull etc. etc. put it in the bin. Don't leave your takeaway meal festering on a table cultivating mould. Put it in the bin.
The importance of hygiene and cleanliness is amplified during COVID 19. Respect your peers. Respect your facilities. Please clean up after yourself at all times. This is your responsibility.
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
No information currently available.
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.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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.
All details about the individual assignment submissions and online participation tasks will be provided on MyUni / Canvas.
Please note the following general points about Submissions:
All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.
There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box. Online submissions can be made prior to the due date.
Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed in early.
The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance. Online submissions can also take time when file sizes are large and this can result in delayed submissions. The School recommends submissions < 50MB.
The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.
Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality. When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.
For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines.
Modified Arrangements (General)
Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.
The application form (the 'Blue Form') is available from the Front Office and needs to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation. It is not sufficient, for example, just to submit a medical certificate. If you are sick a medical certificate needs to be appended to the Blue Form.
Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.
In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances (Blue Form) may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.
If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances (Blue Form) may be lodged with the Front Office. Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems.
In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds (Blue Form). However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
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If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Offer of Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.
Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements can contact the
University Disability Services at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/disability/ and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.
Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment
arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/eliteathletes/ and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.
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.
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