Requirements and Policies

M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Herzog & de Meuron

Student work will become part of a permanent archive. All work must be clearly labeled with: student name, class name, semester, year, and instructor’s name. Electronic submission should be via file transfer or email (depending upon file size). Bibliographic references based on the Chicago Manual of Style, including complete website URL links, must be submitted with assignments.

Grading

Written work and presentations will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Creativity: ideas are intriguing and important, voice is individual and appropriate
  • Logic: construction of a compelling argument, flow
  • Organization: overall structure, focus, and clarity
  • Support: reinforcement of claims, adequate references and citations
  • Mechanics: checked for grammar, spelling, and legibility

Model and drawing work will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Creativity: subject matter is intriguing and important, style is original and appropriate
  • Logic and Organization: overall structure, clarity, focus, and flow
  • Support: adequate references and citations
  • Mechanics: checked for accuracy and legibility

Final grades will be based on the following grades/points:

  • A 90-100
  • B 80-89
  • C 70-79
  • D 60-69
  • F 59 or below

“A-work” = Achievement that is outstanding and excels significantly above the stated policies, objectives and requirements of the studio syllabus, project statements and exercises. Student is able to extend objectives and issues far beyond stated scope through articulate discoveries, insights, propositions and synthesis. Student demonstrates the highest level of dedication, rigor, open-mindedness and exceptional resourcefulness. Student demonstrates outstanding ability to productively engage critique, work consistently and excel independently. Student produces physical work that is exceptionally rigorous, extraordinarily well-crafted and clearly communicates breadth and depth of investigation and development.

“B-work” = Achievement that is above the stated policies, objectives and requirements of the studio syllabus, project statements and exercises. Student is able to extend objectives and issues beyond stated scope through discoveries, insights, propositions and synthesis. Student demonstrates a capable level of dedication, rigor, open-mindedness and resourcefulness. Student demonstrates developing ability to productively engage critique, work consistently and improve independently. Student produces physical work that is rigorous, well-crafted and clearly communicates breadth and depth of investigation and development.

“C-work” = Achievement meets the stated policies, objectives and requirements of the studio syllabus, project statements and exercises. Student is able to meet objectives through some discoveries, insights, propositions and synthesis. Student demonstrates a base-level ability to engage critique and work consistently. Student produces physical work that is acceptable, marginally well-crafted and adequately communicates breadth and depth of investigation and development.

“D-work” = Achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet the stated policies, objectives and requirements of the studio syllabus, project statements and exercises. Student is able to meet some objectives and issues but lacks discoveries, insights, propositions or synthesis. Student demonstrates a insufficient level of dedication, thoughtfulness and resourcefulness. Student often lacks the ability to productively engage critique and work consistently. Student produces physical work that is fragmentary, incomplete, poorly-crafted, or inadequately communicates breadth and depth of investigation and development. Student exhibits poor time-management skills and is often unable to meet deadlines.

“F-work” = Achievement that fails to meet the stated policies, objectives and requirements of the studio syllabus, project statements and exercises. This includes work that is complete but not worthy of credit. This also includes work that was not completed and no written agreement was made between instructor and student that an official incomplete would be granted. Student is clearly not able to meet stated objectives and issues. Student demonstrates little or no dedication, thoughtfulness and resourcefulness. Student lacks the ability to productively engage critique and work consistently. Student requires constant assistance for direction, development and improvement. Student produces physical work that is fragmentary, incomplete, poorly-crafted, or simply doesn’t exist and inadequately communicates investigation and development. Student exhibits poor time-management skills and is unable to meet deadlines.

Late Work

Late work will be accepted only at the discretion of the instructor and is subject to 1/3 grade deduction for every 24 hours past the deadline.

Incomplete Work

Incomplete work will not be accepted without instructor’s prior approval and written agreement as to revised due dates and grading policy. A grade of Incomplete can only be given if the work is substantially complete and the student has documentation of illness or extreme circumstances.

Subject to Change

With the exception of the grade and attendance policies, parts of this syllabus are subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Students with Disabilities

This syllabus can be made available in alternative formats upon request. Contact the School of Architecture at 612.624.7866. Students with Disabilities that affect their ability to participate fully in class or meet all course requirements are encouraged to bring this to the attention of the instructor so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged. Further information is available from Disability Services (230 McNamara). Policies can be accessed online at http://www.ds.umn.edu. Please inform your instructor of any specialized needs you may have at the beginning of the semester or as soon as a (potential) challenge is identified.

Scholastic Conduct

All students are responsible for conduct in conformance with the University of Minnesota Student Conduct Code which, among other provisions, broadly defines scholastic misconduct as “any act that violates the rights of another student in academic work or that involves misrepresentation of your own work.”

Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic dishonesty is defined as: “any act that violates the right of another student in academic work or that involves misrepresentation of your own work.” Scholastic dishonesty includes, (but is not necessarily limited to): cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing – which means misrepresenting as your own work any part of work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of all instructors concerned; depriving another student of necessary course materials; or interfering with another student’s work. Scholastic dishonesty may be addressed by assigning a failing grade. If you are aware of a problem, please bring it to the attention of your instructor.

Intellectual Property

The School of Architecture has the right to retain any student project whether it be for display, accreditation, archive, documentation or any other educational or legal purpose. In addition, the College reserves the right to reproduce and publish images of any such student work in collegiate publications, printed or electronic, for the purposes of research, scholarship, teaching, publicity and outreach, giving publication credit to the creator/student.

Academic Policies

Academic policies for this course (including but not limited to: accommodations for students with disabilities, statements on classroom conduct, and statements regarding sexual harassment, and academic integrity) can be can be found in the University’s website at www1.umn.edu/usenate/ usen/usenpol.html. Classroom misconduct, violation of academic integrity, sexual harassment and issues concerning students with disabilities should be reported to the Director of CDes Student Services and to the Department Head.

Writing Assistance

Students who require assistance with writing may contact the Student Writing Center for help with papers. The Writing Center does not provide proofreading services. They may be contacted at 306B Lind Hall, 612.625.1893

Attendance

More than 3 unexcused absences from class may constitute grounds for a failing grade.

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