DYB112 Assessment 1 – Material Review “User Guide”

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DYB112 Assessment 1 – Material Review “User Guide”
Task overview
Assessment name Material Review
Task description You will investigate and report on
the physical properties, uses, and
social and environmental impacts,
of a chosen construction material
and/or building system. You will
choose a construction material or
building system and research its
history, its common uses, its
benefits over alternatives, and its
impacts on the world through its
production and consumption.
Your report will be structured as a
“User Guide” and will be
illustrated with diagrams and
In order for you to better understand the process of preparing a report,
there will be a series of structures activities during the semester to help
you progress your research and writing. These interim stages of the
report preparation will help you to research appropriate resources,
reference them accurately, and structure the report.
Report writing is an important and common part of professional practice
as a designer, and it will also be a part of your future studies over the
next few years.
Due Date The report will be due mid semester at the end of Week 8 (refer to the
Blackboard site for this unit for details). Note: QUT has a policy on late
submission of assessment; make sure you are aware of this policy.
Length Your final report should be 2000 words, +/- 10%. This word length
includes in-text referencing and image captions but excludes your
reference list.
Weighting 60%
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Individual or Group Individual
Learning outcomes
• Understand the histories of the built environment through its
physical creation.
• Understand the impact of materials on the development of
societies and culture.
• Describe (quantify and qualify) the impacts of material and
substance creation.
Task Instructions
What you need to do ONE: You will start by selecting
either a construction material or a
building system that interests
you. Perhaps it is one that is
specifically related to your own
discipline of study (architecture,
interior architecture, landscape
architecture), but it doesn’t have
to be; it just needs to be
something that is used, or has
been used in the past, in the
physical creation of the built
environment. So it could be:
bricks, timber, stone, glass, nylon,
copper, posts and beams, arches,
concrete, curtain walls, water
articulation, bituminous asphalt,
chain link fencing, mud, straw,
wool, plaster, etc.
TWO: You will then research this material or system. It is important
when selecting sources of information that the source is a reliable and
authoritative one. This can be a bit tricky, and is one reason to be
careful with internet resources; many are indeed very high quality, but
some are not, and it is difficult to know. There are some very popular
internet search engines that I’m sure you will start with; and while it
seems like the whole world’s information is in there – it isn’t. The type
of scholarly information you need to get to is going to be found in
books and academic journals. Of course, QUT library has thousands of
such resources, both in print (on the shelves) and electronic, so rely on
resources that the QUT library holds where you can. There will be links
to library resources from the Blackboard site.
THREE: During the semester there will be a series of structured
activities that are designed to help you to develop your report. These
are best dealt with progressively; don’t leave the report writing till the
last week. This progressive development of the report is designed to
offer you feedback on the structure of the report, appropriate
resources, referencing, and illustrating your report.
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FOUR: The formal submission of the final report should take the form
of a “User Guide”. In this you need to take the basic information from
your research and expand upon it to come to some conclusions. You
then need to write instructions about the appropriate use of the
material or system. The report should include (but not be limited to)
the following information (if relevant/appropriate): what is it, what are
its common uses, when was it developed/used, how was it
discovered/developed, who uses/used it, what is it used for and how,
what are its physical impacts (in its production, use, and disposal), what
are its social impacts (now and historically), and any other pertinent
and interesting information.
This is a piece of technical
writing and should be structured
as such, and use appropriate
professional language. Imagine
that this is a guide on the use of
the material or system,
appropriate for someone with
limited technical understanding
of the built environment; so it
should be clear and concise, and
should explain any specialist
terms or jargon.
The report should be/have:
• 2000 words, +/- 10%.
• A4 size, portrait format.
• Page numbers.
• Title, unit code, your
name, and student
number on the front.
• Table of contents.
• List of illustrations.
• Scholarly referenced using an APA referencing style (in-text,
author, date).
• Reference list (it is recommended that you have at least 10
scholarly references).
• Direct quotes should be used sparingly; only when it is really
better said in the original author’s own words.
• If you use diagrams or illustrations from other sources then you
should also reference them appropriately.
There is a lot of helpful information about writing reports and
referencing properly on the Blackboard site, and on this QUT site:
Refer to the criteria referenced assessment (CRA) sheet for more detail
about how it will be assessed.
All images are of:
Walmer Yard, London, 2016, Peter Salter
From: (12/11/18)
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Submission Information
What you need to
Your report will need to be submitted as a PDF file, of a full colour A4
document. You must submit through the ‘Turnitin’ portal, on the
‘Assessment’ section of the Blackboard site for this unit. Your PDF file should
be no bigger than 30 MB.
Note: QUT has a policy on late submission of assessment; make sure you are
aware of this policy. Assignments submitted without an approved extension
will not be marked and will receive a grade of 1 or 0%. You can apply for an
automatically approved 48 hour extension, or if special circumstances
prevent you from meeting the assignment due date, you can apply for a
longer extension. If you don’t have an approved extension, you should submit
the work you have done by the due date, and it will be marked against the
assessment criteria. QUT’s assignment submission requirements reflect the
expectations of professional practice and the complexity of students’ lives.
Please note: On submission, you are declaring that, unless otherwise
acknowledged, this submission is wholly your work, and it has not been used
and already submitted. You understand that this work may be submitted for
plagiarism check and consent to this taking place.
Turnitin Tipsheet
Moderation All staff who are assessing your work meet to discuss and compare their
judgements before marks or grades are finalised. Refer to MOPP C/5.1.7.
Academic Integrity
As a student of the QUT academic community, you are asked to uphold the
principles of academic integrity during your course of study. QUT sets
expectations and responsibilities of students specifically stating that students
“adopt an ethical approach to academic work and assessment in accordance
with this policy and the Student Code of Conduct (E/2.1)”. Students need to
be aware that academic integrity refers to text and non-text sources, i.e.
“copying or adapting non-text based material created by others, such as
diagrams, designs, musical score, audio-visual materials, art work, plans, code
or photographs without appropriate acknowledgement” (MOPP C/5.3.6
Academic Integrity).
Students are expected to demonstrate their own understanding and thinking
using ideas provided by ‘others’ to support and inform their work, always
acknowledging the source. While we encourage peer learning, it is not
appropriate to share assignments with other students unless your
assessment piece has been stated as being a group assignment. If you do
share your assignment with another student, and they copy all or part of your
assignment for their submission, this is considered collusion and you may be
reported for academic misconduct. If you are unsure and need more
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DYB112 | Spatial Materiality | Assessment 1 | Material Review ‘User Guide’ | Rubric
The purpose of this qualitative rubric is purely for your feedback. The marker will decide on the grade/mark to put on the assessment.
Criteria High Distinction Distinction Credit Pass Fail No Evidence
Explanation of the
history of the material
or system
Critiques and collates
historic information
to construct
Points out significant
aspects of historic
Organises and
explains information
of historic
Locates and repeats
information on
historic significance
Provides limited
information or
No information
Explanation of how
the material or system
has impacted on the
development of the
designed environment
Critiques and collates
spatial design
information to
Explains significant
cultural aspects of
spatial design
Identifies and
information on
spatial design and
Locates and repeats
general information
on design impacts
Provides limited
information or
No information
Explanation of the
environmental issues
or impacts
Identifies a broad
range of issues
founded on scholarly
Clear evidence of
research and
Uncovers a range of
relevant information
Identifies the basic
Some major issues
not presented
No issues identified
Overall analysis of
properties and
Evaluates and
synthesises a broad
range of issues and
Evaluates, orders,
and categorises
Identifies a range of
relevant issues
Reproduces basic
information of
relevant issues
Misunderstanding of
the issues
No analysis
Referencing and
consideration and
scholarly reporting
Comprehensive and
scholarly reporting
Well organised and
academically justified
Comprehendible and
Inappropriate or
inaccurate writing or
Lack of referencing