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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND
URBANISM
(ARC61303/ARC2224)
SYNOPSIS
MARCH 2016
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THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224):
MARCH2016
1
Programme Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture
Module THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC2224) (ARC61303)
Prerequisite None
Credit Hours 3
Classification Core
Instructors Nor Hayati Hussain (norhayati.hussain@taylors.edu.my)
Nicholas Ng (nicholasngkw@gmail.com)
Ida Marlina Mazlan (ida.mazlan@gmail.com)
Lam Shen Fei (Proserpere@live.com)
SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER
40% of final marks (individual)
Synopsis dates:
1: Week 3 (11 April 2016)
2: Week 5 (25 April 2016)
3: Week 9 (30 May 2016)
4: Week 10 (6 June 2016)
Introduction
Subsequent to each thematic lecture, students are required to submit a synopsis in the form of
reaction paper. Its aim is for the students to read a selected reading in relation to the theme that has
been discussed in class for the week and submit a reaction paper of the text. There will be a total of
4 synopses.
A reaction or response paper requires the writer to analyze a text, then develop commentary related
to it. It requires thoughtful reading, research and writing. It should identify the key points highlighted
in the text and then focus on your personal perspective on issues raised through the text. In addition
to your personal perspective, you should identify experiences or insights that have shaped your
perspective.
Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the theoretical issues related to design through study of architecture and
urbanism and its related studies
2. Relate architectural theories to contemporary architecture and urban forms
Tasks
Each students is to prepare and submit reaction papers as synopsis of the given reading during
tutorial sessions. The reaction papers shall be formulated based on questions listed below:
 What issues or problems does the author address?
 What is the author's main point?
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN
Centre for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224):
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 What points or assumptions does the author make, and how does she back that up?
 What are strengths and weaknesses? Where are problems with the argument?
 How do the texts relate? (if multiple texts)
 How do these ideas connect to the overall ideas of the class/unit/etc?
Format
The reaction paper should be at least 300 words (not to exceed 1 page of A4 size) – within a given
template (attached)
Type-written, Arial narrow 12 pts, 1 ½ - spaced lines.
Assessment criteria
1. Identification of key points from the reading
2. Use of appropriate architectural terminologies and writing skills in the synopsis
3. Clarity in opinions and reactions
4. Logical progression to ending with well-developed paragraphs
Plagiarism
To avoid plagiarism, students need to paraphrase and / or quote sources, cite sources and include
sources in the reference list. A plagiarized paper will automatically get an F grade.
Outline
http://www.esuhistoryprof.com/writing_reaction_papers.htm
References
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224):
MARCH2016
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http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Reaction-Paper
http://www.slideshare.net/venj88/guide-to-writing-a-reaction-paper
TEMPLATE FOR REACTION PAPER (ATTACHED)
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
ASSESSMENT RUBRIC
Grades Marks Key points (2.5) Appropriateness of
Terminologies (2.5)
Clarity in Opinions
and Reactions (2.5)
Logical Progression
(2.5)
A 1.8 -
2.5
Evidence of
outstanding
understanding of Key
points through clear
explanation
Appropriate use of
Terminologies In
discussing the Issues/
Concepts/Theories
Outstanding Clarity
in opinions and
reactions -
Supported with
strong Logical
explanation
Outstanding
Articulation of
logical expressions
ending with well-
developed
paragraphs
B 1.5 -
1.79
Evidence of
understanding of Key
points through
reasonable
explanation
Reasonable use of
Terminologies In
discussing the Issues/
Concepts/Theories with
Minor unfamiliarity
Reasonable clarity
in opinions and
reactions -
Supported with
Logical explanation
Reasonable
Articulation of
logical expressions
ending with well-
developed
paragraphs
C 1.25 -
1.49
Evidence of Some
Understanding of Key
points through
acceptable
explanation
Acceptable use of
Terminologies In
discussing the Issues/
Concepts/Theories with
Noticeable unfamiliarity
Acceptable Clarity in
opinions and
reactions -
Supported with
satisfactory
explanation
Acceptable
Articulation of
logical expressions
ending with some
ambiguous
statements
D 1 -
1.24
Evidence of Some
Understanding of Key
points through not
quite acceptable
explanation
Evidence of Terminologies
however poorly
communicated in
discussing The Issues/
Concepts/Theories With
Weak Clarity in
opinions and
reactions -
Supported with
Lengthy explanation
Poor Articulation of
logical expressions
ending with
noticeable
ambiguous
statements
F 0 -
0.99
Insufficient Evidence
of Understanding of
Key points through
weak explanation
Insufficient Evidence of
Terminologies in
discussing the Issues/
Concepts/Theories With
Improper opinions
and reactions. Not
Matching the Issues/
Concepts/ Theories -
Inadequate Reasons
Unable to Articulate
/ illogical
expressions. Poorly
written synopsis.
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224):
MARCH2016
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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224)
SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER (MARCH 2015) [5 MARKS]
NAME: ID:
LECTURER: TUTORIAL TIME:
SYNOPSIS NO: READER TITLE:
AUTHOR:
WORD COUNT: DATE: MARK: GRADE:
ASSSESSED BY:

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B sc (hons)(arch) tau arc61301 synopsis mac 2016

  • 1. 0 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224) SYNOPSIS MARCH 2016 Image: http://www.solidessay.com/
  • 2. THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224): MARCH2016 1 Programme Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture Module THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC2224) (ARC61303) Prerequisite None Credit Hours 3 Classification Core Instructors Nor Hayati Hussain (norhayati.hussain@taylors.edu.my) Nicholas Ng (nicholasngkw@gmail.com) Ida Marlina Mazlan (ida.mazlan@gmail.com) Lam Shen Fei (Proserpere@live.com) SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER 40% of final marks (individual) Synopsis dates: 1: Week 3 (11 April 2016) 2: Week 5 (25 April 2016) 3: Week 9 (30 May 2016) 4: Week 10 (6 June 2016) Introduction Subsequent to each thematic lecture, students are required to submit a synopsis in the form of reaction paper. Its aim is for the students to read a selected reading in relation to the theme that has been discussed in class for the week and submit a reaction paper of the text. There will be a total of 4 synopses. A reaction or response paper requires the writer to analyze a text, then develop commentary related to it. It requires thoughtful reading, research and writing. It should identify the key points highlighted in the text and then focus on your personal perspective on issues raised through the text. In addition to your personal perspective, you should identify experiences or insights that have shaped your perspective. Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the theoretical issues related to design through study of architecture and urbanism and its related studies 2. Relate architectural theories to contemporary architecture and urban forms Tasks Each students is to prepare and submit reaction papers as synopsis of the given reading during tutorial sessions. The reaction papers shall be formulated based on questions listed below:  What issues or problems does the author address?  What is the author's main point? SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN Centre for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia
  • 3. THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224): MARCH2016 2  What points or assumptions does the author make, and how does she back that up?  What are strengths and weaknesses? Where are problems with the argument?  How do the texts relate? (if multiple texts)  How do these ideas connect to the overall ideas of the class/unit/etc? Format The reaction paper should be at least 300 words (not to exceed 1 page of A4 size) – within a given template (attached) Type-written, Arial narrow 12 pts, 1 ½ - spaced lines. Assessment criteria 1. Identification of key points from the reading 2. Use of appropriate architectural terminologies and writing skills in the synopsis 3. Clarity in opinions and reactions 4. Logical progression to ending with well-developed paragraphs Plagiarism To avoid plagiarism, students need to paraphrase and / or quote sources, cite sources and include sources in the reference list. A plagiarized paper will automatically get an F grade. Outline http://www.esuhistoryprof.com/writing_reaction_papers.htm References
  • 4. THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224): MARCH2016 3 http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Reaction-Paper http://www.slideshare.net/venj88/guide-to-writing-a-reaction-paper TEMPLATE FOR REACTION PAPER (ATTACHED) SYNOPSIS DESCRIPTION ASSESSMENT RUBRIC Grades Marks Key points (2.5) Appropriateness of Terminologies (2.5) Clarity in Opinions and Reactions (2.5) Logical Progression (2.5) A 1.8 - 2.5 Evidence of outstanding understanding of Key points through clear explanation Appropriate use of Terminologies In discussing the Issues/ Concepts/Theories Outstanding Clarity in opinions and reactions - Supported with strong Logical explanation Outstanding Articulation of logical expressions ending with well- developed paragraphs B 1.5 - 1.79 Evidence of understanding of Key points through reasonable explanation Reasonable use of Terminologies In discussing the Issues/ Concepts/Theories with Minor unfamiliarity Reasonable clarity in opinions and reactions - Supported with Logical explanation Reasonable Articulation of logical expressions ending with well- developed paragraphs C 1.25 - 1.49 Evidence of Some Understanding of Key points through acceptable explanation Acceptable use of Terminologies In discussing the Issues/ Concepts/Theories with Noticeable unfamiliarity Acceptable Clarity in opinions and reactions - Supported with satisfactory explanation Acceptable Articulation of logical expressions ending with some ambiguous statements D 1 - 1.24 Evidence of Some Understanding of Key points through not quite acceptable explanation Evidence of Terminologies however poorly communicated in discussing The Issues/ Concepts/Theories With Weak Clarity in opinions and reactions - Supported with Lengthy explanation Poor Articulation of logical expressions ending with noticeable ambiguous statements F 0 - 0.99 Insufficient Evidence of Understanding of Key points through weak explanation Insufficient Evidence of Terminologies in discussing the Issues/ Concepts/Theories With Improper opinions and reactions. Not Matching the Issues/ Concepts/ Theories - Inadequate Reasons Unable to Articulate / illogical expressions. Poorly written synopsis.
  • 5. THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM (ARC61301/ARC2224): MARCH2016 4 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224) SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER (MARCH 2015) [5 MARKS] NAME: ID: LECTURER: TUTORIAL TIME: SYNOPSIS NO: READER TITLE: AUTHOR: WORD COUNT: DATE: MARK: GRADE: ASSSESSED BY: