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ARCH13-120: Philosophy of Design September 2020 [Standard]

General information

The Philosophy of Design subject focuses on a critical analysis and investigation of themes, precedents and paradigms that inform architectural design thinking and appreciation of architecture. This subject builds upon the knowledge acquired in the prerequisite undergraduate subjects by developing competencies both in theoretical understanding and design synthesis on a higher level of application; through the critical study of a specific selection of architects, canonical buildings, cities, their experiential qualities, tectonic attributes, morphological conditions, technologies, and theories, the students examine and analyse their objective contribution toward forming one's own strategy as an architectural designer. The subject is seminar based, with students developing research investigations which are presented to the class for review and discussion. Coursework is both written and graphic (2D and 3D), including a small scale architectural design project, which aims to advance the students’ design thinking and analytic writing skills. The assessments provide opportunities to demonstrate competency in the learning outcomes and complex applications required in architectural design and possible postgraduate studies.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH13-120
Subject title:Philosophy of Design
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Lectures and Tutorials). Most sessions build on the work on the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in tutorials and labs will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject. While attendance alone is not an assessed portion of the subject mark, the ability for faculty to evaluate each student on his or her PROGRESS in the subject is only possible through direct face-to-face contact within the studio. Students who do not attend classes regularly will not be able to be adequately assessed.


Prescribed resources:
  • Frampton, K (1983). Postmodern Culture. London: Pluto Press , 16-30. Towards a Critical Regionalism
  • Pallasmaa, J (1994). Six Themes for the Next Millenium. 74-79.
  • Frascari, M The Tell Tale Detail. 23-37.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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Co-requisites: ?

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of design procedures, systems and the history of design methods (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1).
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of design precedent, critique, analysis and movements in design theory (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the tangible and intangible channels to architectural creativity (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.1).
  4. Demonstrate an ability to engage imagination and to think creatively (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.2).
  5. Demonstrate an ability to reconcile divergent factors and integrate domains of knowledge in the creation of a design solution (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.2).
  6. Demonstrate an ability to gather information and apply analysis and critical judgment (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.1.2).
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of structure and their application to the design of built environments (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.2.1).
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between environment, materials and structure (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.2.1).
  9. Demonstrate an ability to gather information and apply analysis and critical judgment (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.2.2).
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of philosophical, cultural and political movements (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.3.1).
  11. Demonstrate an ability to utilise speculation, iteration and reflection in critical discourse (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.3.2).
  12. Demonstrate an ability to inform action through knowledge of historical and cultural precedents in architecture (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.3.2).
  13. Demonstrate an awareness of social and cultural dimensions of place (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.6.1).
  14. Demonstrate an ability to define personal values systems and ethical positions (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.6.2).
  15. Demonstrate an ability to effect action or communicate ideas through the exercise of skills of collaboration, speaking, writing, drawing, modelling and evaluation (AIA Tertiary Education Policy category 3.7.2).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Annotated Bibliography Visual Presentation, Annotated Bibliography 25% Week 5 3, 4, 15.
Oral Presentation Small Building Design and Presentation 40% Week 11 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15.
Essay Essay of 2500 Words 35% Week 13 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

A detailed curriculum has not been published for this subject.
Approved on: Aug 22, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.