AR499 Senior Seminar II: Project and Portfolio

for SP 2008

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AR 499 Senior Seminar II: Project andPortfolio


SP 2008 HO


Boehr, Kay Miller


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
member:  IIDA and IDEC
registered architect

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Office Hours

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Semester Dates

January 14 - May 9, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1:50 - 4:40 PM



Credit Hours

3 (6 contact hours)

Rengel, Roberto J.  Shaping Interior Space, second edition.  New York:  Fairchild Publications, Inc., 2007

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Course Description:
Students will develop a design that meets the requirements of the program developed in AR498. The project will be a culmination of the skills and knowledge gained in the student's academic experience. The project will include schematic design exploration, space planning, furniture, and finish selections, selection of finish materials and detailing of design elements. Issues of structure, lighting and mechanical/electrical and plumbing systems will be addressed. Life safety codes and accessibility standards will be applied. The final design will be presented to a committee of professional designers. In addition, students will prepare a portfolio of work that includes the senior project as well as a representation of work completed in their academic career. Prerequisite: AR498. 1:5:3.

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 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. Design a capstone project that meets the programmatic requirements defined in document produced in AR498.
  2. Completely describe the design using the graphic tools of an interior designer including presentation boards and construction drawings.
  3. Present the final project to a committee of professional designers.
  4. Prepare a representative portfolio of work.

Core Assessment:
  • Participation in studio, including individual and group progress reviews and critiques (outcomes 1 and 2)
  • Completion of core assessment project:  thesis project including oral and graphic presentation, construction documents and final critique (outcomes 1-3)
  • Completion of a  portfolio of design work (outcome 4)


Schematic Design:            20%
Design Development:         20%
Final Presentation:            20%
Construction Documents:   20%
Portfolio:                           20%
Grading points required:         A: 90 and above          D: 60 t0 69
                                           B: 80 to 89                  F: Below 60
                                           C: 70 to 79

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% will be subtracted for each class period that the work is late.  There will be no make up dates for missed oral presentations, and regardless of excuse, the student will not receive points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 AR499 is primarily a studio class. Class format will include lecture/demonstration, discussion and group critiques of work, as well as time to work on the design project in a studio setting. Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all.  Feedback from the instructor is an important element of learning. Students are expected to come to class with tools and supplies, prepared to work in class.  The studio and computer lab will be available for students' use when the rooms are not scheduled for other classes.  Students are expected to work a minimum of six hours a week outside of class, in addition to making full use of studio time.
A professional and respectful attitude toward the instructor and fellow students is expected.   Tardiness, leaving before class is dismissed, reading e-mail or using the computer for personal use during lecture, and other class disruptions (i.e. phone calls, etc.) will be noted and reflected in the final grade.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  Course schedule is attached below.

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 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
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" equaling 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: .

Course Topics/dates/assignments


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