Course Policies



Co-requisites:  ENG 1101 (ARCH1112 recommended for Arch Tech/BArch majors)
Required Text:   Texts will be assigned during class. As an Open Educational Resource (OER), readings are available on line at no cost to the students.
Suggested Reference: Francis Ching, Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. Wiley Publishing.

Attendance Policy

No more than 10% absences are permitted during the semester. For the purposes of record, two lateness are considered as one absence. Exceeding this limit will expose the student to grade penalties at the discretion of the instructor due to lack of class participation and mastery of class material. Besides providing formal instruction, this is a lab class and much of the work is done in class and overseen by the instructor. Missing a class requires the student to make up the work in his/her own time and risk falling behind.

Course requirements & Grading

  1. Students will be required to maintain a sketchbook into which they will enter their sketching assignments and record their observations. Sketchbooks will be reviewed after each assignment and evaluated on completeness and reviewed by the instructor for recommended improvement.
  2. Students will be required to write six short essays in the course of the semester as homework assignments. Each assignment will be emailed to the instructor prior to the beginning of the class in which it is due. For every week (a week is 7 days, 8 days begins week 2) that a homework assignment is late, it will lose 10%. If it’s more than four weeks (28 days) late don’t bother turning it in.
  3. Students will work on drawing projects during lab time. There will be a deadline set for each drafting assignment and there will be no extensions. If a student is falling behind, it will be up to him/her to catch up during time outside of class time. Repeat: no extensions past the deadline for lab projects.
  4. Students are required to participate during pinups and class discussions. While instructors recognize that some students are more comfortable speaking up, all students are encouraged to speak. All students will make two presentations to juries (A team presentation and an individual presentation) where you stand before the jurors with your work pinned on the wall. If a student is not present for their presentation, they will no credit for that assignment even if they turn in the work afterwards.
  5. Below are the grading percentages. Please note these are close approximations; actual point values will appear on each individual assignment.

Drawing Projects 25%
Writing 20%
Sketching 15%
Midterm 15%
Research and Presentation 10%
Design Project 15%

Academic Integrity

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion.

Course Learning outcomes

Since this is a first-semester introductory course, it does not meet any of the Student Performance Criteria required by NAAB. It’s goal, however, is to give students a broad

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between plan, section, and elevation of a simple building.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce a scaled hand-drafted drawings and models from a set of given dimensions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand a reading about architecture through writing and speaking.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of building proportion, rhythm, symmetry, hierarchy, etc. through sketching.
  • Demonstrate an ability to stand before a jury and articulate ideas through drawings, models, writing, and speaking



General Education Learning Outcomes / Assessment Methods

Learning Outcomes

Assessment Methods

Upon successful completion of this course the student shall be able to: To evaluate the students’ achievement of the learning objectives, the professor will do the following:
  1. Develop Knowledge from the range of architectural disciplinary perspectives presented in the course.
  1. Review student observations of site visits and lectures and assess written, graphic and oral reports.
  1. Utilize Skills and demonstrate knowledge needed to facilitate communication and critical thinking.
  1. Assess student research and critical thinking abilities by monitoring weekly progress of lab work and readings.
  1. Integrate knowledge and work productively to communicate ideas through oral, graphic and written media.
  1. Assess the students’ ability to integrate and communicate through peer and juried review of student presentations.


Course Intended Learning Outcomes / Assessment Methods

Learning Outcomes

Assessment Methods

Upon successful completion of this course the student shall be able to: To evaluate the students’ achievement of the learning objectives, the professor will do the following:
  1. Observe with a critical eye and engage in discussion on the subject of the course.
  1. Review student observations and Assess the quality of critical thinking and contributions to discussions during oral and graphic presentations.
  1. Research and investigate deeply into a given subject so as to contribute to the growth of knowledge.
  1. Assess student research abilities through written and graphic materials.
  1. Synthesize and Apply what is learned to synthesize understanding and to complete assignments given in the class.
  1. Assess the students ability to synthesize apply what is learned from lab work and through the grading of assignments.
  1. Communicate effectively through presentations to the class using written oral and graphic media.
  1. Assess the students’ ability to effectively present and communicate what is learned on a given subject.
  1. Communicate effectively using a vocabulary developed throughout the course.
  1. Assess the students’ use of professional vocabulary during quizzes, oral presentations and written assignments.