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COURSE OUTLINE: Architectural Theory and Design Factors – ARC 350W

Instructor: Joseph A. Betz, Architect, Professor & Chair
Office Address: Lupton Hall, Farmingdale State College - SUNY, Farmingdale, NY  11735
Phone No.: SUNY Office: (631) 420-2098, fax. 420-2194
E-Mail: betzja@farmingdale.edu
Web Site: www.farmingdale.edu/faculty/joseph-betz/


Required Text: 1. Stein, Jay M. & Spreckelmeyer, Kent F. Classic Readings in Architecture. New York: WBC/McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1999
2. Curl, James S. A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.  USA: Oxford University Press, Paperback, 2006
3. Comprehensive Dictionary
Reference Text: N/A, Instructor directed library readings or handouts
Course Description: ARC350: Architectural Theory and Design Factors, Credits 3. The course will examine a series of architectural theories and design factors that attempts to explain, predict or influence design decisions that result in the built environment. Topics include: historical theory; form and aesthetics; architectural technology; the urban, natural and human environment; economic, zoning and code factors; the social and behavioral implications of architecture; the design process itself and the architectural profession.
Prerequisites: History of Western Architecture
Course Goals: To explore basic architectural theories and design factors that underlie the design process.
Grading Policy:

The final grade will be based on the following

  • Class participation and peer review = 15%
  • Journals (each week) = 05% (optional)
  • Four (4) 250-400 word short essays = 30% (All essays will be peer reviewed)
  • One (1) 3500 word min. final essay = 30% (Final term paper will be peer reviewed)
  • One take-home midterm essay exam = 20% (Possible - Based on the progress of the course)
  • Note, this is your Writing Intensive Course in the Discipline.  You must get a C grade or better to graduate!
Attendance Policy:

A maximum of 3 hours (one week) of absences will be allowed, before a student may be dropped a letter grade for each absence thereafter, a medical note or properly executed note regarding personal emergencies will be required.  This course requires class participation and peer review of student papers.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities, Laffin Hall, room 205 or room 329, 420-2411, or 420-2623 (TDD) 420-2607 as soon as possible this semester.  Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information, contact the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities.

Internet Communication: All students are required to use and check the College e-mail for correspondence and notifications.  Any communication regarding grades must be done using your Farmingdale email address.
Academic integrity policy:

Each member of the Farmingdale State College campus community is expected to maintain academic integrity.  Farmingdale State College has developed regulations concerning academic dishonesty and integrity to protect all students and to maintain an ethical academic environment. This includes prohibiting any form of academic dishonesty as outlined below.    Academic dishonesty cannot be condoned or tolerated in a college community. Such behavior is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and students found guilty of committing an intentional act of  fraud, cheating or plagiarizing will be disciplined and face penalties.    The College regards academic dishonesty as an intentional act of fraud, in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another individual without correct documentation, or uses unauthorized, undocumented or fabricated information in any academic exercise.    The College also considers academic dishonesty to include forging of academic documents, intentionally impeding or damaging the academic work of others, or assisting other students in acts of dishonesty.  Academic dishonesty is divided into four categories which are defined as follows:  

  • Cheating: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials (including all electronic devices), information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Knowingly helping someone commit an act of academic dishonesty. 
  • Plagiarism: Intentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. This includes words or ideas in either print or electronic format.   
Academic dishonesty is morally wrong, and such behavior interferes with learning and intellectual development. Therefore, all members of the campus community have the responsibility to prevent dishonesty, protect honest students, and enforce campus policies.  These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • faculty members have the responsibility to establish standards of academic integrity and disciplinary policies in cases of academic dishonesty (consistent with the standards and policies of the College) and to include a statement of those standards on their course syllabi.  
  • students have the responsibility to abstain from academic dishonesty or facilitating the dishonest behavior of others.   
Violation of the academic integrity policy is strictly prohibited and may result in a disciplinary action ranging from a warning letter to probation, suspension, or dismissal from the College with a permanent transcript notation.  Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct Article IV and V.