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Last approved: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:16:34 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:16:34 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

Architectural Studies
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Architectural Studies
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Architectural Studies

Term for Proposal

Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Architectural Studies (ARCHST)
Architectural Studies
Fundamentals of Environmental Design - Writing Intensive
Survey of the architectural environment emphasizing design fundamentals such as use, aesthetics, stability of structures and human relationships with places and time.
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
ENGLSH 1000.

Instructor Information

Architectural Studies
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Tenured Professor
140 Stanley
Yes, in the last five years

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Writing Intensive Course Information

Fundamentals of Environmental Design is a survey of the architectural environment emphasizing design fundamentals such as use, aesthetics, stability of structures and human relationships with places and time. This intensive writing class deals with poetics of architecture. It serves as a primer for visual environmental literacy. The course is designed to introduce students to architecture as a cultural phenomenon as well as an artistic and technological achievement. It includes investigation of key underlying design tenants, philosophies, and socio-cultural factors in designed settings analysis of theory as well as attributes of design fundamentals and an examination of technical, aesthetic, psychological, and ethical concerns that affect environmental design. The course emphasizes the arrangements and the organization of elements of form and space as they determine how architecture promotes, endeavors, elicits responses and communicates historical and symbolic messages. It is an exploration of the history of spatial design through images of places, and a review of culturally-diverse human-made environments.
No changes at this point
Self paced?

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I will meet the TAs for an hour twice week to discuss the issues in their sections and exchange information about the assignments. Following the grading of the final paper I will meet with the TAs to evaluate their grading and modify it if needed to maintain common denominators among the various TAs.
During our meetings before every class session and at the end of the semester I will review the grades that are assigned to the students.

Writing Intensive Assignments

All assignments
1. Four short papers 2-3 pages related to class topics. Two peers review the first draft of each paper. After the peer review, the drafts are revised and submitted for review by the instructors. When these reviews are returned, the students again revise their papers and submit a final version of the paper to be graded by the instructors. All drafts submitted for review whether for review by peers or the instructors are turned in with the final version of the papers. 2. Ten brief abstracts 2-3 pages each based on assigned readings. Each Tuesday during the first ten weeks of the semester students have a reading assignment. The annotated abstract are due on the next Tuesday. The abstracts include a short summary of the main ideas in the chapter and the student's own interpretation on the main subjects introduced in the chapter. 3. One term paper 10-15 pages. Students may select any topic which is related to issues and concepts introduced in this class and research that topic through literature review, on-site visits, and, if possible, personal interviews. The students propose the topic and an outline of the term paper, in writing, for review and approval. Two peers review the first draft of the term paper. This also means that every student reviews two papers written by their peers. The instructors review a draft of the final version. After the final revision, the paper is submitted for a grade.
Length of assignment:
Peer-review by 2 students
Teacher Assistant and the Instructor

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First drafts:

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Peer review
See attached assignments.
See attached syllabus.
I usually have 7-8 TAs in this class. I meet each one of them for a personal interview for the selection process. During the semester we meet every day the class is taught an hour before the class for a discussion of the assignments and the expectations during the class time. The TAs interact with the students during the class time and during their office hours.

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Additional Comments

Jonathan Cisco (CiscoJo) (Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:07:40 GMT): Approving course in house and moving to "OUR final review" step
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:16:20 GMT): Per Julie Shea, both sections of ARCHST 1600 for Scwarz is listed for WI credit. I have added ARCHST 1600W, 01 and 02 to the Spring 2017 and cancelled the regular sections of ARCHST 1600, 01 and 02 for Spring 2017. The students who were enrolled in the regular sections of ARCHST 1600 have been moved to ARCHST 1600W.
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