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AR 290 Interior Design Materials and Resources
Boehr, Kay Miller


 

COURSE INFORMATION

 

Course symbol and number:              AR290

Course title:                                         Interior Design Materials and Resources

Course Descriptor:                             HO

Term of course being taught:             Fall 2004

Name of faculty member:                   Kay Miller Boehr

Title of faculty member:                      Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Faculty office location:                        MA430D

Faculty office hours:                           Monday and Friday, 9:00 – 11:00 am

                                                            and 1:30-2:00 pm/ Tuesday and Thursday 8:15-8:45 am

Faculty office telephone number:       816-584-6705 

Faculty Park e-mail address:              kboehr@mail.park.edu

Other faculty e-mail address:             _____________

Faculty web page address:                _____________

Dates of the term:                               August 23  through December 17, 2004

Class Session Days:                          Tuesday and Thursday

Class session time:                            3:50-5:05 pm

Prerequisites:                                      none                                       

Credit hours:                                       3

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

     

AR290 is a survey of materials used by interior designers for architectural elements and finishes for both residential and public space design.  The student will learn to evaluate and select the appropriate materials for a design project, and will be introduced to life safety ratings for finish materials.  The student will be introduced to manufacturers and suppliers of materials through field trips, guest speakers, manufacturer’s catalogues and research. The student will be introduced to writing specifications for interior design materials.                                          3:0:3

                                               

FACULITY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

 

·         Design:  Design is a process that involves generating ideas, editing and refining those ideas and producing the final result.  It is both individual and collaborative.  It is both creative and meticulous.  It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drawing, describing, modeling

and drafting. I believe in the universality and importance of the Design Process. Learning the process of design will enable one to apply that process to any problem, whether it be a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product. Every project and assignment shall be approached as a design problem.

·         Teaching:  As a teacher I collect a body of knowledge and share it with other people. This shared information becomes a springboard to a variety of activities that reinforce the course concepts.  Students observe, read, write, discuss, evaluate, collaborate and create. Cross disciplinary projects are encouraged and forays into the design community help make the boundary between the professional world and the academic world fluid.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

 

·         List and describe the various materials used as architectural elements in an interior and the various materials applied to those elements as finishes.

·         Explain the impact of life safety codes, universal design and sustainability issues on the selection of finish materials.

·         Describe construction techniques, installation methods and maintenance methods for finish materials.

·         Identify resources that will provide product information and materials samples as well as resources that will provide and install materials for a design project.

·         Write a specification for materials for a project, using the standard format used by design professionals.

·         Select appropriate materials and finishes for residential and public space design projects based on:

o        Quality and Design

o        Maintenance and durability

o        Construction and manufacturing techniques

o        Life safety codes and sustainability issues

 

COURSE TEXTBOOKS

Required:

 

McGowan, Mary Rose.  Specifying Interiors: A Guide to Construction and FF&E for Commercial Interiors Projects.  New York: John Wiley &Sons,

1996.

 

Recommended:

 

Ching, Francis D.K., Interior Design Illustrated.  New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1987.

Pile, John. Interior Design, 3rd edition. New York:  Harry Abrams, Inc., 2003.

Reznikoff, Sivon. Specifications for Commercial Interiors.  New York:  Whitney Library of Design, 1989.

 

 

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be based on:

 

1.       Preparing for lectures by reading assignments and participating in discussion.

2.       Completing a series of  “Scavenger Hunts” for products made of various materials.

3.       Preparing and presenting three Product Reports and one F.F.& E. report.

4.       Visiting and evaluating two design product showrooms.

5.       Evaluating speakers.

6.       Final Exam

7.      Final Project

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT

AR292A is a primarily a lecture class, but input comes from a variety of sources including outside speakers and student presentations of research.

An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made. Students who miss the attendance sheet are considered late. Three late arrivals will equal one absence.

The value of this class is diminished for all when students are absent.  Attendance at all classes is required, but since “things happen”, each student may be absent three times without penalty.  The fourth absence, whether excused or not will result in the lowering of the final grade by one letter.  Five absences may constitute failure in the course.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS

Nearly all assignments will have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, but work may be turned at the next class meeting for partial credit if a written excuse is attached.

 

GRADING PLAN

 

Scavenger Hunts (4)                               05%

Product and FF&E reports (4)                 40%

Speaker and showroom visit evaluations   15%

Design project (final)                               30%

Quiz:  final                                             10%

                                                                        100%

 

Grading points required:              A: 90 and above D:  60 to 69

                                                            B: 80 to 89                    F: Below 60

                                                            C: 70 to 79

                       
 

 

The statements below are directly from Park University Undergraduate Catalogue and are Park University Policy:

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY

           

Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments.  Learners who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

 

PLAGIARISM

           

Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Learners who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

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 learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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:  www.park.edu/disability.


COURSE TOPIC/DATE/ASSIGNMENT

 

AGENDA

TUESDAY

THURSDAY

Week 1

 

 

date

Aug. 24

Aug. 26

topic/activity

The Role of the Designer/Materials and

Finishes in Design Process

 

Finishes

Documenting finishes

 

=

Codes, ADA and sustainability

 

 

Product report sign ups

reading

McGowan, chpt. 1

McGowan, chpt. 2

due

 

 

Week 2

 

 

date

Aug. 30

Sept. 2

topic/activity

Materials and Elements

Materials: Plastics and Glass

 

Materials: Wood and Metal

 

 

Scavenger Hunt #1

Scavenger Hunt #2

reading

McGowan, chpt. 3

McGowan, chpt. 3

due

 

Scavenger Hunt #1

Week 3

 

 

date

Sept. 7

Sept. 9

topic/activity

Materials: Textiles and Leather

Tour and Speaker: Design Gallery

 

Manufactured and Natural Products

 

 

Scavenger Hunt #3

 

reading

McGowan, chpt. 3

 

due

Scavenger Hunt #2

 

Week 4

 

 

date

Sept. 14

Sept. 16

topic/activity

Construction Materials: Stone,  

 

 

Masonry, Gyp Bd and Plaster

Tour: Case Supply

 

Scavenger Hunt #4

 

reading

 

 

due

Scavenger Hunt #3

 

Week 5

 

 

date

Sept. 21

Sept. 23

topic/activity

Elements: Floors

Floor Product Reports

Floor Product Reports

reading

McGowan, chpt. 4, pp. 154 - 207

 

due

Reports/Scavenger Hunt #4

Reports

Week 6

 

 

date

Sept. 28

Sept. 30

topic/activity

 

Elements: Walls

 

Speaker: Wallcovering

Wall Product Reports

reading

 

McGowan, chpt. 4, pp. 118 - 144

due

 

Reports

Week 7

 

 

date

Oct. 5

Oct. 7

topic/activity

Wall Product Reports

Elements: Ceilings

 

 

Ceiling Product Reports

reading

 

 

due

Reports

Reports

Week 8

 

 

date

Oct. 12

Oct. 14

topic/activity

Speaker: Wallpaper

 

Speaker: Ceilings

reading

 

 

due

 

 

Week 9              FALL BREAK: October 18 - 22

Week 10

 

 

date

Oct. 26

Oct. 28

topic/activity

Details: trim, millwork, paneling

Product Reports

 

Casework: cabinets, countertops, decorative hardware

Product Reports

reading

 

 

due

Reports

Reports

Week 11

 

 

date

Nov. 2

Nov. 4

topic/activity

Speaker: counter top materials

 

Misc. Const. Elements: doors & hard-ware, windows, stairs, and fireplaces

reading

 

 

due

 

 

Week 12

 

 

date

Nov. 9

Nov. 11

NO CLASS

Veteran’s Day

topic/activity

F.F. & E./specifying vs purchasing Furniture

reading

 

due

All speaker and showroom evaluations

Week 13

 

 

date

Nov. 16

Nov. 18

topic/activity

Window Treatment

Window Treatment Product Reports

Accessories

Accessory Product Reports

reading

 

 

due

Reports

Reports

Week 14

 

 

date

Nov. 22

Nov. 26

NO CLASS

 

Thanksgiving

topic/activity

Furniture Product Reports/catch up on reports

 

reading

 

due

All reports due

Week 15

 

 

date

Nov. 30

Dec. 2

topic/activity

Final Project Assignment

Work on Final Assignment in Class

reading

 

 

due

 

 

Week 16

 

 

date

Dec. 7

Dec. 9

topic/activity

Final Project Presentation I

Final Project Presentation II

Finals Week

Dec. 13 - 17

Exam: Tuesday, December 14, from 3:00 – 5:00