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2011 Trimester 2


CDDN 331

LIVE THEORY GENERAL core; trimester two; 20 points ASSESSMENT

The Constructor, El Lissitzky, 1924

100% internal by assignment CLASSTIMES AND LOCATIONS LECTURE:


10:30 - 12:20 pm



wednesday group A group D group E

14:40 - 16:30 pm 14:40 - 16:30 pm 13:40 - 15:30 pm

vs 204 vs 308 LT 2

thursday group B group C group F

12:40 - 14:30 pm 14:40 - 16:30 pm 10:30 - 12:20 pm

vs 204 vs 204 vs 221

tutors group A+F group B+E group C+D

COORDINATOR AND TUTORS coordinator maxe fisher room: vs 230 phone: 463-6229 office hours: tuesday 2:30-4:00pm

kath foster holly beals johann nortje

room: 3.02 office hours: to be confirmed with tutors 1

COURSE WEBSITE: COURSE SYNOPSIS The purpose of this course is for each student to understand the value and significance of theory within design. The course will focus upon what the principles of theory are, how they are related to design, why design needs theory, how theory can be applied to design, how theory grows out of design and finally, how to initiate design projects framed within a theoretical context. The ultimate purpose of LIVE Theory is to generate a knowledge base, both general and specialized for particular design disciplines, which participate in and contribute to the overall quality of design and design thinking. AIMS OF THE COURSE The aim of the course is to enable the student to understand the constructive nature of theory. By means of LIVE Theorizing with concrete manifestations of concepts, students will generate an understanding what theory is and how it feeds into design and how design feeds back into theory. Students will take a critical stance towards their hypothesis both in written form but also through design as an expression of a theoretical intention. COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES Creative & Critical Thinking By the end of the course, students will:     

be able to synthesise a range of design disciplines, theories and practices to create innovative design strategies and outputs. develop an understanding of what design research is, why it is important, how to conduct it. be able to demonstrate knowledge of key theories, concepts and practices referencing the past, present and future of design. critically engage with diverse design theoretical and philosophical frameworks, to compare & evaluate theories, to critically apply research and theory to design and to design thinking. be able to creatively develop and produce high quality ‘critical’ designs through a range of media and practices.

Communication By the end of the course, students will have learned to:   

convincingly communicate concepts and theories using a variety of visual media with clarity & insight. convincingly present and discuss concepts and theories orally in a variety of ways with clarity & creativity. write clearly and logically to argue a theoretical position, engaging with vocabulary derived critical readings.

Leadership By the end of the course, students will: ·

be able to contribute positively and effectively and to engage responsibly in collaborative teamwork across a range of disciplines and backgrounds in constructive discourse, both verbally 2

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and visually. debate and critically reflect on the discipline and the disciplines of design. be able to think & work independently and to cultivate a personal design approach and position. be able to explicitly engage with theory and criticism in their own design work.

COURSE CONTENT The students will contextualize critical issues and theories in regards to design. The students will expand ideas or theories within in a particular design framework to understand and debate more specifically how design can and does participate from a range of contributing perspectives. This will assist students to gain direct knowledge of the role and status of theory in relation to the context of designed things; be they material or immaterial. This involves considering social issues, political issues, ethical issues, innovation issues and futuristic issues from the individual to the diversity of the collective. These related areas will be investigated through the act of design, design theory, design philosophy and design writing and by doing so one will develop a comprehension of the differences between practice and idea; between doing and thinking; or making and writing. LIVE Theory presents an array of possible, probable or potential conditions from which to reflect, represent and symbolize a diversity of evolving concepts across an array of media. COURSE DELIVERY This course is primarily divided between lecture and tutorial sessions. The content of the course will be delivered as a series of lectures at the beginning of each week. Supplementary readings will be handed out during the lecture for certain seminar sessions. This material is to be read to further discussion and debate in each seminar especially as students are highly encouraged to ask questions, to express their ideas, be speculative and generate new ones. The tutorials will also be a time for students to present and discuss the progress of their projects as well as the presentation of due assignments.


ASSIGNMENT 1 submission format assessment due

The Perfect Crime 750 word - point of view, referenced paper tutorial presentation of 5 words, 5 images, 5 mins 15%



submission format

group submission 2000s word statement – referenced presentation of group’s concept booklets + 5% individual contribution assessment 20%

assessment due


july 26 tuesday

9 am

aug 16 tuesday

9 am

ASSIGNMENT 3 submission format assessment

ASSIGNMENT 4 submission format assessment

reflection is not about putting your work in front of a mirror, it’s about finding the aspects that have no expiry date... a. abstract + annotated bibliography b. critical writing 40% due 3a. abstract + annotated bibliography sept 6 tuesday 3b. critical writing - first draft 2000 words sept 20 tuesday 3c. critical writing – final 3000 words oct 31 monday manifest IT open media installation-exhibit 25% installation due in atrium. installation presentation

9am 9am 5pm

oct 10 monday 9am* oct 11+12+12 tues+wed+thurs varia

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS Assessment criteria specific to individual projects will be listed in each Project Outline. The overall assessment criteria for the course are to:  level of demonstrated understanding of theory in relation to design;  develop a critical and analytical approach to the research process;  demonstrate an ability to evolve design knowledge and an openness to explore methodologies;  explore a wide range of relevant sources;  ability to critically interpret and analyze theoretical positions from acquired information.  ability to clearly argue ideas verbally and in writing through LIVE theory. The course is internally assessed by assignment work in the form of four assignments. Assignments are assessed and graded A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, E, (where C is a PASS). Grades only are issued to students. The final grade for the course is based on the aggregation of the percentage marks for each of the assignments, and a final grade of C or better is required to pass the course. The four assignments contribute towards the final course grade as follows: A1

5 min presentation+ short writing

due 26 july

9am TUES



group presentation individual contribution

due 16 aug

9am TUES

15% 05%

A3a 3b 3c

abstract+annotated bibliography critical writing - draft 2000 words critical writing - final 3000 words

due 06 sept due 20 sept due 31 oct

9am TUES 9am TUES 5pm MON

10% 12% 18%


manifestations + exhibition

due 10 oct

* 9am MON





Your work will be reviewed on the basis of the degree to which it meets the assessment criteria. Although visitors may be involved in some of the reviews, the assessment of the course is carried out by the course coordinator in consultation with the tutors. The School has a long tradition of providing critical review of student work as it progresses especially in design projects. This is part of feed-back for learning purposes. Such reviews must not be misunderstood as indicators of standards and they are different from assessment. Students have a responsibility to attend critical reviews at the appointed time as part of the learning process. Review panels are often composed of internal and external members for the appointed times and cannot be re-composed to consider late submissions. Consequently late work will not receive a critical review, though it will be assessed subject to any penalties as set out below. • Critical Review: May take place during the development phases of a project as well as at the time of the final submission. Its purpose is to identify strengths and weaknesses in the work and to offer suggestions to generally encourage the student. An encouraging critical review does not necessarily mean a good assessment result. • Assessment: May take place at a stage in a project or on final submission (or both). Its purpose is to value the work in terms of the objectives stated in the handout and to express this as a grade. Moderation of all assessment in design is undertaken at the end of the Trimester after critical reviews, involving a wider group of staff than the immediate lecturers in the course. This process ensures fairness. All grades posted during this course are only provisional results until confirmed by the School Examiners Committee which meets after the examination period. GROUP WORK There is a group project which is part of the larger course assignment. Each phase builds upon the phase before. Hence the group project is aimed not only towards the determination of a unified speculative hypothesis but as well one from each student will then derive and determine their own unigue position or stance for further development in the next two assignments. The final grade for the group will be 15% for the presentation and content, and additional 5% for the individual contribution to the overall group effort and work. ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION Attendance and participation is an important aspect of the learning process, and you are required to attend all the lectures and tutorials. If extraordinary circumstances arise that require you to be absent from some class sessions, you should discuss the situation with the Course Coordinator as soon as possible. COURSE EXPECTED WORKLOAD You should expect to spend a total of around 200 hours on this course, including both scheduled class time and independent study. Typically this involves around 12-14 hours per week during the twelve teaching weeks, with the balance during the mid trimester break, study week and examination period. This means that in addition to scheduled lectures and tutorials you are expected to spend a minimum of 6-9 hours per week reading and generally pursuing independent research and project work for this course. 5

READINGS AND REFERENCE MATERIAL Please refer to the list enclosed at the end of this document or the course website. MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED Students will need to provide all materials and equipment as necessary for the completion of required work. It is recommended that you purchase a laptop although computer facilities are available at the School. If you are purchasing a laptop and would like information on the minimum requirements please contact the Student Administration Office. While digital cameras are available at the school, it is also recommended that students consider purchasing a simple digital camera (3.2mpxl minimum). Note: The Student Loan, administered by StudyLink, allows students to claim up to $1000 for course related costs for each year of study. RECORDING OF WORK AND PORTFOLIO You are strongly encouraged to respect and care for your work, making and recording a visual summary of each project in this course. This may be in digital and/or hard copy. The principal purpose of this is to maintain a record of your work for incorporation into your own personal ‘Design Portfolio’. Recording a summary of your work also means it is available if needed for you or the School to exhibit or publish. SUBMISSION OF WORK Each student is responsible for ensuring their work is submitted to their course tutor on time and in the required format. Late submissions will be penalised as set out below, unless an extension is approved by the Course Coordinator. EXTENSIONS In the event of illness or other extraordinary circumstances that prevent you from submitting a piece of work on time, or that you feel adversely affect the quality of the work you submit, it is important that you discuss your circumstances with the Course Coordinator as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements may be made. You should complete an Application for Extension form (available from the Faculty Office) for the Course Coordinator to approve. You will also need to provide suitable evidence of your illness or other circumstances. In an emergency, or if you are unable to contact the Course Coordinator, you should advise the Faculty Office of your situation. Work submitted late must be submitted to the Course Coordinator. PENALTIES  Students are required to personally present their work on time at all scheduled reviews and in the location and specified format as set out in assignment outlines. Failure to personally present work at any scheduled graded review will result in an automatic failing grade of E for the work being reviewed, unless an extension has been approved in writing in advance by the Course Coordinator.


 Late submissions will not be penalised in the event of illness or other extraordinary circumstances provided students have requested an extension of time in writing in advance of the scheduled review, and the Course Coordinator has similarly approved this in writing (see the Student Administration Office for an Application for Extension form). Work submitted late without the prior agreement of the Course Coordinator will be penalised by one grade step by calendar day including weekends (i.e. an A will become A-) and may result in a failing grade of E.  Work submitted late must be submitted directly to the Course Coordinator. Any project work left on the project shelves or elsewhere will be entered on the grade sheet as a no-submission. MANDATORY COURSE REQUIREMENTS In addition to achieving an average of at least ‘C’ across all assessments, in order to pass the course you must also satisfy the following mandatory course requirements:    

attend at least 80% of both lectures + tutorial sessions discuss your project progress with your tutor or the Course Coordinator weekly attend and present your project work at all scheduled critical reviews submit all assignments

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES The Faculty of Architecture and Design operates a system of Class Representatives in 100-level courses, and Year Representatives in each of the professional disciplines. Student Representatives are elected during a class session in the first week of teaching. All student representatives will be listed on the STUDiO notice board in the Atrium, and the relevant Representatives are also listed on studio notice boards. Student Representatives have a role in liaising between staff and students to represent the interests of students to the lecturers, and also in providing students with a communication channel to STUDiO and VUWSA. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM Academic integrity means that University staff and students, in their teaching and learning are expected to treat others honestly, fairly and with respect at all times. It is not acceptable to mistreat academic, intellectual or creative work that has been done by other people by representing it as your own original work. Academic integrity is important because it is the core value in which the University’’s learning, teaching and research activities are based. Victoria University’s reputation for academic integrity adds value to your qualification. The University defines plagiarism as presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not. ‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea. Even if it is presented in your own style, you must acknowledge your sources fully and appropriately. This includes:      

Material from books, journals or any other printed source The work of other students or students or staff Information from the internet Software programs and other electronic material Designs and ideas The organisation or structuring of any such material

Find out more about plagiarism, how to avoid it and penalties, on the University’s website: 7

USE OF TURNITIN Student work provided for assessment in this course may be checked for academic integrity by the electronic search engine Turnitin is an online plagiarism prevention tool which compares submitted work with a very large database of existing material. At the discretion of the Head of School, handwritten work may be copy-typed by the School and subject to checking by Turnitin. Turnitin will retain a copy of submitted material on behalf of the University for detection of future plagiarism, but access to the full text of submissions is not made available to any other party. COMMUNICATION OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Any changes or additions to this Course Outline will be discussed and agreed with the class, and conveyed in writing to all students enrolled in the course. In order to assure that you receive such course announcements, please be sure to advise the Course Coordinator of your current contact details And to be sure to check the course website/blog. WHERE TO FIND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION Find key University dates, explanations of grades and other useful information at Find out about academic progress requirements and restricted enrolment at The University’s statutes and policies are available at, except qualification statutes, which are available via the Calendar webpage at (See Section C). Further information about the University’s academic processes can be found on the website of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Students with Impairments Refer to the Meeting the Needs of Students with Impairments Policy, available on the University’s policy website Information regarding support is available from the Faculty Office reception desk. Student Support Staff at Victoria want students to have positive learning experiences at the University. There are a number of support services available to help you directly if your academic progress is causing concern or if there are elements in your life that are affecting your ability to study. These include: • Your course coordinator or programme director; • Staff in your Faculty Student Administration Office; Student Dedicated learning support through Student Learning Support Service; Te Ropu Awhina; Kaiwawao Māori ;Maanaki Pihiphipinga; Disability Support Services and Victoria International; • Wider holistic support through the Health Service; Counselling Service; Financial Support and Advice; Accommodation Service and Career Development and Employment. Find out more at or email; • VUWSA employs a Student Advocate who deals with academic problems and provides support, advice and advocacy services, as well as training and supporting class representatives and faculty delegates. The Education Office is located on the ground floor, Student Union Building. Email or tel. 463-6716 or 463-6984. 8

TE ARO CAMPUS BUILDING RULES AND FACILITIES Students on the Te Aro Campus are required to comply with the Faculty Guidelines relating to the safe use, access and care of the Architecture and Design technical resources and building facilities. These are available on the School website, and in the following documents available from the student R drive: R:\Student Health and Safety Information FAD Health & Safety Handbook – available to all students, covering: • Workshop and campus safety • Safety training and safety precautions for the workshops • FAD Hazard Register • Te Aro Campus floor plans FAD Technical Services and Facilities Handbook – issued to all staff and available to all students on the student R drive, covering various local practices, including information on: • Information for new staff and students • Access and booking of teaching / studio spaces, and technical resources • Studio etiquette and rules pertaining to exhibitions, critiques and storage of models/drawings • Housekeeping/cleaning within the studios and workshops • Information on Te Aro IT systems and support • Te Aro campus floor plans General information on Faculty/School Technical Facilities including technical staff and their associated areas - WHERE TO GET HELP Vivian Street Wing – Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Administration Office The Faculty’s Student Administration Office is located on the first floor of the Vivian Street Wing. The first floor counter is the first point of contact for general enquiries and FAD forms. Student Administration Advisors are available to discuss course status and give further advice about FAD qualifications. To check for opening hours call the Faculty Student Administration Office on (04) 463 6200. HEALTH AND SAFETY Students are reminded that they must comply with any health and safety instructions given by staff members in charge of work places and instructions and signs posted around the campus. All students should familiarise themselves with the FAD Health & Safety Manual and Notices around the Workshops and Laboratories. Students are advised to refer to the Student R drive for safety and other relevant information. R:\Student Health and Safety Information WITHDRAWAL DATES Information on withdrawals and refunds can be found at:


SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS & ASSESSMENTS Students must be seated in class no later than 5 minutes prior to the start of lectures. Mobile phones must be turned off. Week


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Live Theory

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tutorial groups tutorial groups

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readings+discussion readings+discussion

LECTURE tutorial groups tutorial groups

vs 204, 308 + LT2 vs 204, 221

09:00am 10:30am - 12:20pm varia varia



LT 2

10:30am - 12:20pm


Introduction A1 handout reading handout readings+discussion readings+discussion


27 28 29 01 02



tutorial groups

vs 204, 308 + LT2



04 05 08 09

tutorial groups

vs 204, 221


expanded-view A 2 handout group work+reading *10mins - 3 ideas. group work+reading


LT 2

10:30am - 12:20pm

the everyday+presenting


10 11 12 15 16

tutorial groups tutorial groups

vs 204, 308 + LT2 vs 204, 221

varia varia

ideas + A2 discussion ideas+ A2 discussion

vs 204, 308 + LT2

9:00am 10:30am - 12:20pm varia

vs 204, 221


A2 A2 A2 A3 A2 A3

LECTURE tutorial groups tutorial groups

LT 2 vs 204, 308 + LT2 vs 204, 221

9:00am 10:30am - 12:20pm varia varia

3a DUE Abstract+ Semantics+Myths readings+discussion readings+discussion

LECTURE tutorial groups tutorial groups

LT 2 vs 204, 308 + LT2 vs 204, 221

10:30am - 12:20pm varia varia

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LECTURE tutorial groups



tutorial groups


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all groups DUE 12 groups PRESENT PRESENTATIONS handout PRESENTATIONS handout


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3b DUE LT 2

9:00am 10:30am - 12:20pm

tutorial groups tutorial groups

vs 204, 308 + LT2 vs 204, 221

varia varia

3b DUE Others & Otherness A4 Handout readings + 3 ideas readings + 3 ideas

LECTURE tutorial groups

LT 211

10:30am - 12:20pm varia

Experience readings + final idea

READINGS AND REFERENCE MATERIAL The following readings are recommended for this course: Barabasi, A. (c2002). Linked: The New Science of Networks. Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub. Botler, D. and Grusin, R. (1999). Remediation: Understanding New Media. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. Castells, M. (2004). The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar Pub. Castells, M. ed. (2006). The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy. Center for Transatlantic Relations Davis, W. ( 2009). The Wayfinders. Toronto : Anansi Press. Drucker, P. F. (1999). Management Challenges for the 21st Century. New-York: Harper Eagleton, Terry. (2011) Why Marx was Right. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press. Friedman, K. (1997). Design Science and Design Education In The Challenge of Complexity. Peter McGrory, ed. Helsinki: University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH. 54-72. Friedman, K. (2000). Creating design knowledge: from research into practice Department of Knowledge Management, Norwegian School of Management Glanville, R. (1999). Re-searching Design and Designing Research, In: Design Issues vol13 no.2 Huizinga, J. (1955). Homo Ludens; a study of the play-element in culture. Boston : Beacon Press. Laurel, B. ed. (2003). Design Research. Cambridge: MIT Press. Manovich, L. (2002). The Language of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press. Lister, M. et al. (2003). New Media: A Critical Introduction. London ; New York : Routledge. McLuhan, M. (1964). Understanding media : the extensions of man. London : Routledge & K. Paul. Moggridge, B. ed. (2006). Designing Interactions. Cambridge: MIT Press. Norman, D. (1998). The Design of Everyday Things. Cambridge: MIT Press. Rozendaal, M. (2007). Designing Engaging Interactions with Digital Products, PhD Thesis University of Delft Postman, N. (1992). Technopoly: the Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Vintage Books. SchÜn, D. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner. How professionals think in action, London: Temple Smith. Schumacher, E. F. (1973). Small is beautiful: a study of economics as if people mattered. London: Blond and Briggs. Smith, C. (2007). Design for the Other 90%. Editions Assouline: Smithsonian Institution. Tapscott, D. (1998). Growing up digital – The Rise of the Net Generation, McGraw-Hill: New-York Thackara, J. (2006). In The Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Cambridge: MIT Press. Turner, Victor W., and Edward M. Bruner, eds. (1986). The Anthropology of Experience. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. Vesna, V. ed. (2005). Database Aesthetics. Editor. University of Minnesota Press Virilio, P. (2000). The Information Bomb. trans. Chris Turner. London ; New York : Verso. Wiener, N. (1948). Cybernetics; or, Control and communication in the animal and the machine. New York : J. Wiley. 12

Zimmerman, E. and Salen, K. (2003). Rules of Play. MIT Press: Cambridge.

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON Te Whare Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui

Faculty of Architecture and Design

Work Submitted for Assessment Declaration Form Student’s full name Course



Assignment/project (number and title)


Date submitted : _____________________________________________________________________ Refer to the information on Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Copyright on the back of this form. I confirm that:

I have read and understood the University’s information on academic integrity and plagiarism contained at and outlined below:

I have read and understood the general principles of copyright law as set out below:

This project/assignment is entirely the result of my own work except where clearly acknowledged otherwise:

Any use of material created by someone else is permitted by the copyright owner.

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Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Copyright ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Academic integrity is important because it is the core value on which the University’s learning, teaching and research activities are based. University staff and students are expected to treat academic, intellectual or creative work that has been done by other people with respect at all times. Victoria University’s reputation for academic integrity adds value to your qualification. Academic integrity is simply about being honest when you submit your academic work for assessment • You must acknowledge any ideas and assistance you have had from other people. • You must fully reference the source of those ideas and assistance. • You must make clear which parts of the work you are submitting are based on other people’s work. • You must not lie about whose ideas you are submitting. • When using work created by others either as a basis for your own work, or as an element within your own work, you must comply with copyright law (Summarised from information on the University’s Integrity and Plagiarism website: PLAGIARISM The University defines plagiarism as presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not. ‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea. Even if it is presented in your own style, you must acknowledge your sources fully and appropriately. This includes: • • • • • •

Material from books, journals or any other printed source The work of other students or staff Information from the internet Software programs and other electronic material Designs and ideas The organisation or structuring of any such material

Find out more about plagiarism, how to avoid it and penalties, on the University’s website: COPYRIGHT Copyright law regulates the use of the work of an author, artist, designer or other creator. • • • • •

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CCDN 331 Course Outline 2011