ARCH 7040 - Studio: Architecture (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This studio explores the processes by which medium to large scale multi-storey urban projects are initiated, developed and documented. It will address issues related to various stakeholders, environmental systems, engineering infrastructure, structures and construction appropriate to the scale of such projects. Students are to develop critical thinking and develop responses to the challenges of a given context, producing designs which demonstrate understanding and critique of that context. The design exploration and proposition shall be communicated through graphic and verbal presentations and may include three dimensional models.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7040
    Course Studio: Architecture (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Corequisites ARCH 7041
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) students only
    Assessment Written assignments, illustrated verbal presentations, preparation design proposals communicated through graphic, visual and physical model-based materials
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Ridgway

    Contact Protocol
    Students should initially direct all course-related queries to their tutors during contact hours, or the Course
    Discussion Board on MyUni. This will be monitored by the course coordinator and responded to accordingly.
    For efficiency, individual queries may be gathered and responded to collectively.
    Students should make use of MyUni for regular updates, announcements and material. Course materials will
    be uploaded as they become available throughout the semester.
    Students should also regularly check the status of their University of Adelaide email account as this is the
    primary channel of communication with students outside of contact hours.
    Students should be familiar with the School’s Student Handbook and be aware of the policies and
    procedures it describes.

    Course Support Staff
    For issues concerning enrolment or queries about the School’s programs contact Clement Low,Student
    Advisor, 8313 5877,
    For issues related to discrimination or harassment contact the Course Coordinator or Velice Wennan,School
    Manager, 8313 5475,
    For issues relating to health, safety and wellbeing contact Ian Florance, Health, Safety and WellbeingOfficer,
    8313 5978,
    For issues relating to first aid and other general matters contact Sue Fiedler, First Aid Officer, 8313 5836, who is generally available at the School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Course Timetable

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

    In addition: details of activities for all teaching sessions and assignment submission times and dates can be found on myuni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding
    The primary aim of this project is to be a means through which students can develop and demonstrate competence and confidence in the architectural process. The project spans from planning/urban design issues to construction issues. It uses a multi-storey city building as a vehicle for developing design skills in a holistic sense, including the design of technical systems and details. The studio will also investigate issues of the urban real estate market, the design of urban infill, and the relationship between the building form, the urban site and the city context both historically and in contemporary use.

    Students will also develop skills in time programming and in making judgements about the appropriateness of structural systems, energy use, construction materials and techniques, and development feasibility/ economics. The stages in the process will overlap and the activities at each stage sampled rather than completed. That is the only way in which a significantly sized project can be tackled in one semester.

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Develop an integrated proposal for a multi-storey urban building, linking all stages from project conception to documentation

    2 Understand the range of aspirations, interests, constraints and opportunities that influence the design and development of a complex, multi-storey building project

    3 Propose a convincing architectural design for a multi-storey project using conventional and digital drafting and communication techniques

    4 Demonstrate an understanding of relevant planning regulations and requirements of the National Construction Code

    5. Produce a limited set of construction drawings for a multi-storey building demonstrating knowledge of construction materials and techniques, detailing and structure
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Equipment: Students must always be prepared to make notes and sketches during any scheduled contact sessions of the course. In addition to your sketchbook, and suitable pens and pencils for drawing and writing.
    you must always come prepared to be productive in studio sessions.
    Please anticipate what you will need in the way of appropriate drawing and/or modelling materials for each successive studio session by reading the project specifications carefully in advance. Consult your studio leader(s) if you need further advice.
    Recommended Resources
    A partial list of recommended readings to provide starting points for further research will made available to students through email and MyUni. Other recommended resources, including software, online tools, and production techniques, may also be developed progressively over the course of the semester and posted to
    MyUni or circulated via email.
    Students are encouraged to take an active interest in the research activities of the department, including the programs of CAMEA and CASRU, as well as the Speaker Series talks and other occasional events.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course adopts project-based learning in studio supported by lectures.
    Studio learning depends on intensive and prolonged engagement in reflective and reiterative experimentation under the critical guidance of a studio tutor. Attendance and active participation in ALL studio sessions is therefore compulsory and will be recorded. Maintaining process material (sketches, notes, etc.) tracing the design process during studio sessions is important, and forms the basis for some components of assessment.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. 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 at the minimum 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 hrs: 24 hours per wk x 14 wks = 336 hours
    Total contact hours: 6 hours per week x 12 weeks = 72 hours
    Total self-guided study: 336 – 72 hours = 264 hours

    These 264 hours should be used towards for working on the various assignments associated with the course, including development of requisite research, knowledge, and skills. Please organise your time wisely!
    Learning Activities Summary
    Note: The following is a guide to Learning Activities for this course. For detailed information please consult the course schedule on MyUni.
    Week Topic
    1 Design Feasibility Study
    2 Design Feasibility Study
    3 Design Feasibility Study
    4 Submit and present Design Feasibility Study
    5 Building Design
    6 Building Design
    Mid-Semester Break
    7 Building Design
    8 Building Design
    9 Submit and present Building Design
    10 Construction Drawings
    11 Construction Drawings
    12 Construction Drawings
    13 Submit Construction Drawings
  • 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 Task Task Type Weighting Due Learning Outcome
    Design Feasibility Report Group/summative 20%
    Building Design Individual/summative 40%
    Construction Drawings Individual/summative 30%
    Participation Individual/formative 10%
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at lectures is important and recommended, while attendance and activate participation in studios is compulsory and is recorded. This attendance and participation forms an informal part of the assessment framework.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Detail is available on MyUni
    Submissions (General)
    • Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided. Where unspecified or in doubt, follow the submission procedures below.
    • All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number may not be considered for marking and may receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
    • In addition, all assignments must have attached a signed and dated Assignment Cover Sheet. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner with a staple.
    • 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(s) will be informed at such a time.

    Early Submission
    • Where an early submission has been made, please inform the Course Coordinator or Tutor. 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
    • In general, the school does not accept late submissions. In cases where a submission cannot be made by the due date, please refer to the policies and procedures detailed below relating to Resubmission and/or Modified Submission Arrangements due to medical or other extenuating circumstances.
    • Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.

    • The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work re‐submitting (for a maximum score of 50%).

    Good Practice
    • Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work 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 congestion and unnecessary delays.
    • Students must retain a copy (scan or photocopy) of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy) as originals have been known to go missing.
    For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines. These are outlined in the School of Architecture and Built Environment Student Handbook, at the link below:‐2014‐Arch‐handbook.pdf

    Modified Submission 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 exams/mod_arrange.html.
    • Forms must be submitted at the Front Office along with supporting documentation. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. The Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.

    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 may 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 or contact Student Advisor).

    Compassionate Grounds
    • In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be/discussed with the Course Coordinator. To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the University Transition and Advisory Service at
    8313 0100 or by email (; or contact the Counselling Service on 83035663 for an individual appointment.

    Additional Assessment
    • If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark of between 45 ‐ 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 at the Course Coordinator’s discretion 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 need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.

    Elite Athlete
    • Students who have national or international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at http:// and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.
    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.

    Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator or Studio Leaders for the final grades.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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