AR313 Indep Study in Art or Design

for SP 2007

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AR 313 Independent Study in Art or Design


SP 2007 HOA


Boehr, Kay Miller


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
Member:  IIDA, IDEC
registered architect

Office Location


Office Hours

Tuesday:  1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Friday:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 16 - May 11, 2007

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours




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Course Description:
Designed for students who have taken all courses in a particular area but wish to continue in it, or who wish to explore in an area for which there is no appropriate course offered. Admission to independent study is by permission of the Chair of the Department with evidence of the student's ability to work independently at an appropriate level. Students seeking admission to Independent Study must submit an approved proposal. The student and teacher write a contract stating goals, amount of work and critique times, etc. Variable credit: 1-6 hours.

Educational Philosophy:

Design:  Design is both creative and meticulous.  It is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas before producing the final result.  The steps in the design process are universal and can be applied to any design problem, whether it is a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product.
Teaching: As a teacher, I articulate what I have learned as a professional, sharing my accumulated knowledge and skills with the students. This information is the basis for a variety of activities that reinforce core learning objectives.  Students observe, evaluate, collaborate and create as they approach each assignment as a design problem. Students communicate design concepts visually and orally using drawing, drafting, board building and modeling techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Varies with course

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply the "design process" to the development of a concept for marketing the interior design program.
  2. Design the components of the marketing plan, including but not limited to a brochure and website
Core Assessment:

Varies with course

Class Assessment:

Course assessment will be based on the following:
1.  Attendance at weekly meetings.
2.  Quality of discussions about design in general and the specific needs of the interior design program.
3.  Evaluation of marketing needs for interior design based on direct questioning of Park faculty and survey/research of other similar programs. 
4.  Periodic review of design progress: idea generation, refinement of design,develoment of final product.
5.  Function, aesthetics and craftsmanship of final product(s).


Weekly meetings/discussions: 10%
Research of marketing needs:  20%
Design progress reviews:  35%
Final Product:  35%
Total:  100%
Grading:  A: 90-100; B: 80-90; C: 70-80; D: 60-70; F: below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Late work will not be accepted without a legitimate written excuse attached. Late work must be turned in (with excuse attached) by the next scheduled meeting or the assignment grade will be lowered 5%. An additional 5% will be subtracted for each class period that the work is late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Because AR313 is an independent study, and this course is worth three credit hours, the student will be expected to work independently for approximately nine hours a week. A weekly meeting with the instructor will be scheduled to for discussions and to review research and design progress.
Attendance at the weekly meeting is required.  If the student is unable to attend the meeting, the instructor must be notified in advance via e-mail.  Re-scheduling the meeting will be at the instructor's discretion. 

Week 1:
January 15-19

discuss independent study topic and develop syllabus

Week 2:
January 22-26

Discuss design process/plan research

Week 3:
January 29 -Feb.2

Research progress review

Week 4:
February 5-9

Finalize research.  Determine which components to design and produce

Week 5:
February 12 -16

Marketing concept plan complete.  Begin schematic design

Week 6:
February 19 -23

Progress review of schematic design

Week 7:
February 26 - Mar. 2

Schematic design complete

Week 8:
March 5- 9

Design development begins: refine concepts

Week 9:
March 12 - 16


Week 10:
March 19 - 23

Progress review of Design Development

Week 11:
March 26 - 30

Progress review of Design Development

Week 12:
April 2 - 6

Design Development complete

Week 13:
April 9 - 13

Begin final "product"

Week 14:
April 16 - 20

review progress

Week 15:
April 23 - 27

Review progress

Week 16:
April 30 - May 4

Complete work by end of last week of class.,


Present work to A&D faculty

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
To be considered "excused" the student must notify the instructor of an absence in advance via e-mail.  The student will be given three excused absences.  Each unexcused absence, including those without notification as well as the fourth and subsequent absences, will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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