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SYLLABUS AAD 283L: DESIGN COMMUNICATION & SKILLS: Spring 2000
Office: 109 Sogg Building, Architecture Studies Library
Office Hours 9-10 Tues. Ė Fri
Graduate Assistant: Ash Johnston ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Class: Room 203 Sogg Building, Architecture Studies Library
Purpose: This class is intended to teach and enhance information seeking and evaluation skills. Diverse electronic and print means of finding and accessing information, including reference books, Internet resources, journals and books, and associations are explored. By the end of the course the student should be able to identify, select, and physically locate appropriate resources in a variety of formats.
NAAB Criteria addressed by the course: be able to analyze and gather information across the range needed in architecture, including information on human requirements; be able to do basic research as it relates to all aspects of design; be able to use computer technology in the identification . . . of information.
Attendance Evaluation Project Annotations Incompletes Circulation Policy Disability Information Religious Holidays Syllabus Revision
SCHEDULE OF CLASSESWeek 1 Class introduction, locating materials in the library, email account set up [optional]
Set up email account: https://swami.scsv.nevada.edu/
Locating materials/Library maps: http://www.library.unlv.edu/arch/archbran.html
Physical Locations in the Architecture Studies Library: http://www.library.unlv.edu/arch/instr/aad283/physlib.html
Week 2 Web navigation, citation format for web sites, evaluation of web sites
Evaluating Web Sites:: http://www.lib.purdue.edu/rguides/studentinstruction/evaluation/evaluatingwebsites.html
UNLV Library tutorial: http://www.library.unlv.edu/help/tutorial/index.html
Week 4 Searching: reference tools
Week 5 Evaluation of information, citation format for non-web materials, architecture periodicals (the good, the bad, the ugly)
Blake, Peter. 1996. "When More is Less & Less Is More." Provocations: An Online Journal of Architecture and Ideas. [Online]. Available: http://www.design-site.net/blakemag.htm
University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Architecture. 1996. "Behavioral and Social Factors in Environmental Design." [Online]. Available: http://www.unl.edu:80/casetudy/456 (last accessed 11/06)
Week 6 Searching: periodical articles: Finding Journal Articles (Indexes)
*****Semester project first draft due Week 6, week of February 21
Week 7 Architecture sites on the web: directories/guides
Brown, Jeanne. 2000. "Architecture and Building: Web Resources." [Online]. Available: http://www.library.unlv.edu/arch/rsrce/webresources/
Week 8 Mid-term test
Week 9 Spring break
Week 10 Non-architecture sites on the web
Week 11 Searching: web search engines
Sullivan, Danny. Search Engine Watch. [Online]. Available: http://searchenginewatch.com
Week 12 Searching: periodical articles: Avery Index
Week 13 Advanced searching techniques
University of California, Berkeley. 1999. "Recommended Search Strategy." [Online]. Available: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html#Recommend
Week 14 Searching: images
Thomas, Ruth. "Finding Images on the Web." [Online]. Available: http://www.bu.edu/library/instruction/findimages/
*****Semester project due Week 14, week of April 17
Week 15 Searching: strategies
Anthony, Kathryn H. "Avoiding Guesswork: Learning How to Research Your Project and Its Users." Chap. in Design Juries on Trial. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991. [On reserve in Architecture Studies Library]
University of California, Berkeley. 1999. "Recommended Search Strategy." [Online]. Available:
Week 16 Review for final exam/ evaluation of course
Week 17 Final Exam
Class Attendance: It is important that you attend each class. Much of the teaching/learning for this class is by means of hands-on work during the class session. Unexcused absence at more than three classes qualifies the student for dismissal from the course. Acceptable excuses include: personal injury or sickness verified by a letter from a physician or a registered nurse, death in the immediate family, and car accidents.
Evaluation is based on performance on exams (mid-term and final) and on the semester project. The semester project must be submitted on time to be given full credit.
A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69
Failure to submit the semester project, or evidence of cheating or plagiarism, will result in failure of the course. Cheating includes copying someone else's work in exams and assignments, or allowing someone to copy. Plagiarism means using someone's ideas and/or words and presenting them as your own.
Class Project: Information Gathering and Evaluation Project
An Annotated Critical Bibliography, with the topic "Readings that Impact/Change/Inform Design." This is an ongoing project throughout the semester. Many of the homework assignments will ultimately be included in your semester project. This bibliography will include a variety of sources such as books, periodicals, web sites, and reference tools. The annotation should be both evaluative and informative, noting how the reading impacted a design. At least 15 sources should be included.
Graphic option: If you would like to show the impact of readings graphically instead of through the bibliography described above, consult your instructor Jeanne Brown.
********************** Project due date: week of April 17th. **************************
Sample of a good annotation:
"The New San Francisco Museum of Modern Art." Domus 767 (Jan. 1995): 8-18.
This article out of Domus, a reliable architectural journal, provides a clear concise description of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as designed by Mario Botta. It lists the main objectives which Botta attempted to achieve in the project. These are: 1) to use "natural overhead light in most of the exhibition galleries," and 2) to "ensure that after entering the building, the visitor will capture its layout at a glance." The article contains large color photographs, sketches, and floorplans of the museum. The article was useful for my museum design in that it pointed me to a lighting solution I hadnít previously considered.
An incomplete in the course will be given only if, for some reason beyond your control (hospitalization, death in the family) you cannot complete the course. Under no circumstances will you be given an incomplete because you are failing.
Library Circulation Policy:
In order to borrow books or to use the materials on reserve, you will need to have a University Library Card. Be sure to take a photo ID and your social security number to the Circulation Desk in the Architecture or Main library to obtain a card. Note: if you have a student photo ID, this will become your library card as soon as you register it with the library.
If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Disability Resource Center for coordination in your academic accommodations. The DRC is located in the Reynolds Student Services Complex in Room 137. The DRC phone number is 895-0866. (TDD-895-0652).
Policy on Religious Holidays
The campus policy states that the instructor be informed of anticipated absences for religious holidays by the beginning of the second week of school.
This syllabus is subject to change depending on class progress and interests. The current version of the syllabus can be found online at: http://www.library.unlv.edu/arch/instr/aad283/aad283.html