Interior Architecture Community Encounters Studio - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Project Management (20%) , Assignment 2 - Design Project (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit has WIL (Work Integrated Learning) embedded. The unit introduces and explores the processes of project management and interdependent teamwork so as to enable students to work effectively and collaboratively with each other as well as with an external community group. Students will have the opportunity to research, debate and encounter a range of real life situations that include social inequities and issues of social justice. They will have the opportunity to work creatively on a spatial design problem provided by the community, the process of which offers the students a deeper understanding of the complexities of community. This in turn raises their awareness of their own communities. Through these processes students develop communication and problem solving skills. The unit involves a fieldtrip.

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At completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and challenge preconceptions relating to social/cultural groups
  2. employ communication and project management skills to navigate consultation with a complex community group that is likely to include marginalised people
  3. analyse social and cultural constructs and their relevance to spatial utilisation, planning and aesthetic qualities and experiences
  4. synthesise knowledge from social and cultural exploration gained through field work to create a sensitive and culturally responsive design solution.
  • Assignment 1 — Project Management (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Design Project (50%)
  • Assignment 3 — Reflection and Evaluation (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Community Encounters
2Design teams
3Introduction to Project Management Principles
4Client Engagement
5Collating Information
6Concept Development
7Design Development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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