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AR 392 Human Factors in Interior Design
Boehr, Kay Miller


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Course

AR 392 Human Factors in Interior Design

Semester

FA 2007 HO

Faculty

Boehr, Kay Miller

Title

Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Architecture
Registered Architect
Memberships:  IIDA and IDEC

Office Location

MA430D

Office Hours

Monday and Friday, 9:00 - 11:00 am and Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Daytime Phone

816-584-6705

E-Mail

kboehr@mail.park.edu

Semester Dates

August 20 - December 14, 2007

Class Days

-M---F-

Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Panero, Julius, AIA, ASID and Martin Zelnick, AIA, ASID. Human Dimension and Interior Space,  New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1979.


Harmon, Sharon Koomen. The Codes Guidebook for Interiors,  New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2003.
 
Pena, William. Problem Seeking, 4th edition. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2001.

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Course Description:
Human Factors is the study of the relationship between the individual and the built environment. Under the umbrella term human factors falls the study of ergonomics and anthropometrics, environmental and spatial behavior, universal design and the Americans with Disabilities Act, life safety issues and issues of social responsibility. Human Factors issues will be discussed in the context of various types of design, including private residence design, retail and hospitality design, offices, and design for special populations. Study will emphasize the phases of design that deal most directly with human factors issues: programming and post-occupancy evaluation. 3:0:3

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 deisign 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. Define and discuss the areas of study that fall under the umbrella of Human Factors.
  2. Relate universal design, life safety codes and issues of social responsibility to Human Factors.
  3. Discuss Human Factors issues in the context of various categories of interior design projects.
  4. Apply Human Factors concepts to interior design projects, especially in the programming (problem seeking) phase.
  5. Critically observe and evaluate the existing built environment.


Core Assessment:

  • Tests covering text, related readings, lectures and discussions. (outcomes 1-3)
  • Completion of a series of assignments that apply concepts in lectures (outcomes 1 and 2)
  • Completion of data gathering research project that includes an oral report (outcomes 1-3)
  • Completion of core assessment project:  Programming (outcomes 1-4)
  • Observing and evaluating existing spaces for the way they meet human needs. (outcome 5)

Link to Class Rubric

Grading:

Team projects (2)                                     20%

Excercises (6):                                          20%

Observations (4)                                       20%

Program (Core Assessment Project):         20%

Design Project                                          20%

TOTAL:                                                  100%

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 beginning of the next scheduled class or the assignment grade will be lowered 5%. An additional 5% subtracted for each class period that the work is late.  Many assignments have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, and regardless of excuse, the student will not recieve points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

AR392 is a lecture class, including lecture/demonstration, discussion and student presentations.  Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all. Feedback from instructor is an important element of learning.  Thus students are expected to attend class.  In addition, students are expected to work a minimum of two hours outside of class for every hour in class. The studio and computer lab will be available for students' use when it is not scheduled for other classes.

A professional and respectful attitude towerd the instructor and fellow students is expected.  Tardiness, leaving before class is dismissed, and other class disruptions (i.e. phone calls) will be noted and reflected in the final grade.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Instructor's Attendance Policy:

Class attendance is required.  An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made.  It is the student's responsibility to sign the attendance sheet at this time.  Students who do not sign the attendance sheet, but arrive after it is distributed, will be considered late.  Three late arrivals will equal one absence.
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by sending an e-mail message. Each student will be allowed three absences, which, if proper notification is sent, will be recorded as "excused." Thus each of the following will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade:
1. Three "tardies" equalling one unexcused absence.
2. Any absence that is not excused by a written (e-mail)notification.
3. The fourth and each subsequent absence, regardless of excuse.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Program synthesizes (puts together) information from the following sources:
•All data gathered in human factors data gathering assignment.
•Original sources:  interview with similar client type, visits to similar spaces and questionnaire for people in similar situations.
•Information on similar client type from two or more additional written sources: books or periodicals.
 
Program synthesizes (puts together) information from the following sources:
•Most of the data gathered in human factors data gathering assignment.
•Original sources: questionnaire or interview with similar client and site visit.
•Information on similar client type from one additional written source: books or periodicals.
 
Program does not completely synthesize source material:

•Program leaves out significant amounts of data gathered in human factors data gathering assignment.
•Program includes data from either questionnaire, interview or site visit.
•Program does not include additional research.
 
Program makes no attempt to synthesize source material:

•Program does not  include data from human factors data gathering assignment.
•Program does not include data from original sources (similar client).
•Program does not include additional research (books or periodicals)
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The body of the program analyzes the data by separating it into its fundamental elements or components:
•Goals and concepts are justified by research, questionnaire, interview and site visit.
•Facts and needs incorporate all the information from data gathering assignment and are justified by additional research above.
 
The body of the program analyzes the data by separating it into its fundamental elements or components:
•Goals and concepts are justified by  research and questionnaire
•Facts and Needs are derived from human factors data gathering assignment.

 
The body of the program does not thoroughly analyze the data because:
•Goals and concepts are included that are not derived from additional research.
•Not all Facts and Needs are derived from human factors data gathering assignment.
 
The program does not analyze the data because:
•Most Goals and Concepts are not derived from additional research.
•Facts and Needs are not derived from human factors data gathering assignment.
 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Two components of the program

create an introduction and summary:
1. Client Description (intro):
• Client description provides complete information about the client, derived from original research
2.Problem Statement (summary):
• Combines all goals, facts, concepts and needs into a coherent statement defining the design problem to be solved, and is organized into a statements about Function, Form, Economy and Time.
 
Two components of the program

create an introduction and summary:
1.Client Description (intro):
• Derived from original source research.
2. Problem Statement (summary):
• Combines all goals, facts, concepts and needs into a coherent statement defining the design problem to be solved.
 
The introduction and summary are

included, but are incomplete:
1.  Client Description (intro):
•Does not include enough information to establish goals and facts for the  program.
•Does not derive from original research.
2. Problem Statement (summary):
•Does not include all the programmatic information in the statement of the client's problem.
 
The client description is incomplete or not

included. The problem statement merely identifies one problem to be solved and does not summarize the program.

 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Organization of information demonstrates proficient use of programming terminology:
•Data is accurately categorized as Goal, Fact, Concept, or Need.
•Goals, Facts, Concepts and Needs  are organized under the headings of “Function, Form, Economy and Time”

 
Organization of information demonstrates proficient use of programming terminology
•Data is accurately categorized as Goal, Fact, Concept, or Need.

 
Organization of information demonstrates that the student is not proficient in the use of programming terminology:
•Goals and Concepts are not differentiated.  
•Facts and Needs are confused.
 
No attempt is made to organize information into the appropriate category, thus the student shows no proficiency in the use of programming terminology.  
 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Problem Statement is divided into four parts, each synthesizing goals, facts, concepts and needs.
Human Factors data is clearly incorporated, with the various fields of study as well as universal design, codes and social responsibility issues included.

 
Problem Statement defines the problem to be solved.
Program incorporates human factors data.
 
The problem statement addresses one problem and is not a synthesis of all the programmatic information
Program incorporates some human factors data, but leaves out significant information.
 
There is no problem statement
One cannot identify human factors data in the program.
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Content of programming booklet shows evidence that the student can apply a full range of research methods to the analysis of a design problem, defining the problem in such a way that the design will meet the specific needs of a client and incorporate human factors criteria.
 
Content of the programming booklet shows evidence that the student can apply  research methods to the analysis of a design problem, and can incorporate human factors criteria into a program.
 
Content of the programming booklet shows that the student is beginning to understand the analysis involved in programming, but is not yet applying all the research methods to the analysis of a problem. Some human factors data is discernable.
The problem statement is not a complete definition of the problem.

 
Content of the programming booklet is incomplete.  
The problem statement does not define the problem in a way that will enable the design to be completed.
Human Factors data is not incorporated.
 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Programming booklet is well organized and neatly bound with consistent graphic format
 
Programming booklet is well organized and neatly bound.

 
Program booklet is bound, but lacks organization and craftsmanship.  
 
Programming booklet is not well organized or bound and does not show evidence of careful craftsmanship
 

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