ARCH 7033 - Advanced Construction (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course explores issues and concepts relating to contemporary developments in construction technology and introduces students to techniques appropriate for production of medium to large scale buildings. Students will engage with these new theories and technologies in an exploratory environment to develop an understanding of various structural systems and elements, building fabric, materiality, detailing, and the relationship between design, construction and structures.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7033
    Course Advanced Construction (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 1507 and DESST 2518
    Course Description This course explores issues and concepts relating to contemporary developments in construction technology and introduces students to techniques appropriate for production of medium to large scale buildings. Students will engage with these new theories and technologies in an exploratory environment to develop an understanding of various structural systems and elements, building fabric, materiality, detailing, and the relationship between design, construction and structures.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Ridgway

    Coordinator: Sam Ridgway
    Tutor: Greg Bond
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    Learning Objectives:

    1.    
    Knowledge of the theory and practice of architectural construction

    2.    
    Skills in the representation of construction

    3.    
    A developed understanding of the relationship between construction and design

    4.    
    An understanding of the major changes that have occurred in the representation and construction of buildings between the modern and pre-modern eras

    5.    
    Ability to carry out research and into construction and construction practices



    6.
    Ability to work individually and in teams to achieve professional and disciplinary outcomes



    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All resources required for this course are detailed in the assignment outlines and reference list on myuni.
    Online Learning


    All course information including references, required
    texts, copies of assignments handouts and provisional marks will be available
    on myuni.
     

    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.
     

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General
    information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/current-student. Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:http://architecture.adelaide.edu.au/pdf/final-2012-Arch-handbook.pdf

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes


    This course consists of a series of 50 minute lectures followed by a two-hour tutorial. It is a requirement that students attend all scheduled lectures and tutorials. Although attendance will not form part of the assessment for this course. Attendance will be taken. 

    Lectures will be the mode of delivering information and developing the intellectual and practical substance of this course. Tutorials provide the setting for further discussions of this material and for students to present their project work in progress so they can receive feedback and guidance on its development. In tutorials the primary mode of learning is for students to actively participate and engage with their tutor. This is primarily a group activity where all students will participate and contribute rather than one-on-one tuition. Where  specified in the course handout students will be asked to engage in more specific activities or present material to the tutor and other students in a more formal way, the presentation of the key texts for example.

    For all School requirements related to attendance at scheduled teaching activities, submission of assignments, late submissions, medical and other issues related to submission and attendance please consult the Student Handbook 2014  which is available on the School's website.
    Workload

    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 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 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: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact
    hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided
    study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs
     

    These 120 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

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    Assignment One
    Group work 30%
    Summative assessment
    Construction Research Report
    Due in tutorials week 3

    Assignment Two
    Individual work 30%
    Summative assessment
    Preliminary Construction Study
    To be submitted with Studio Cultures assignment in week 7

    Assignment Three
    Individual Work 40%
    Summative assessment
    Final Construction Study
    To be submitted with Studio Cultures assignment in week 13
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

     Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due
    to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's
    Student Handbook.As with the School Policy, students are
    allowed to improve and resubmit a piece of work that receives a Fail
    grade or below, for a maximum mark of 50 (P).   Submissions:(General) ·

    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.· In addition, all assigments need to have an
    Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student
    before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the
    document, to the top left hand corner.· 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. 

    Early Submission: 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. 

    Late Submission: · 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. 

    Re-submission: · The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work
    by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%. However, this does
    not apply to the Class Test or Quiz as this is exempt from this rule.
    The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 14 June 2013. 

    Good practice: ·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 forms are available from the Front Office and at:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html and need to be
    submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation.·
    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. 

    Modified Medical Reasons: ·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 must be lodged with the
    Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days. 

    Extenuating Circumstances: ·
    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 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.
    (Refer to Student Handbook at
    http://www.architecture.adelaide.edu.au/current/resources/ for further
    details or contact Student Advisor). 

    Compassionate Grounds: ·In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply
    extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be
    discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment
    during the assigned office hours.· To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact theo University Transition and Advisory Service at 8313 0100 oro transition@adelaide.edu.au, or approach the Counselling Service ono 83035663 for an individual appointment. 

    Additional Assessments: ·
    If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark
    between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an 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. 

    Disability: ·students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or
    assessment arrangements need to contact the University Disability
    Services at 83135962 or disability@adelaide.edu.au for supporting
    documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in
    person through appointment during the assigned office hours. 

    Elite Athlete: ·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
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/eliteathletes/ and then communicate this to
    the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned
    office hours.

    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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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