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Interior Design 375

DSNI 375: Design Theory and Research

Prerequisite: DSNI 300, DSNI320, DSNI322, DSNI350; or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3)


An introduction to facility programming, theory, and research. Emphasis on the formulation of building requirements based on user characteristics and potential constraints. An introduction to the theories that form the foundation for decision-making in interior design and the data collection methods that inform and impact the problem solving process. Various information-gathering techniques are examined.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

List topics or major units; include subtopics under major units, if appropriate.  The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the differences and similarities between programming and empirical research and for students to understand the role each plays during the design process. Various ways in which design-decision making can be informed are discussed and students learn that design solutions can be based on different forms of information that vary in rigor. Students also learn the connection between theory and research and how theory can guide design-decision making. Data collection techniques that are used both in programming and empirical research are examined and students gain practical experience in implementing information gathering for decision-making in interior design. This class also includes:

1)    Exposure to a range of design research and problem solving methods. (4g)
2)    Opportunities to develop critical listening skills. (4i)
3)    Learning experiences that engage students in collaboration, consensus building, leadership, and team work. (5c)
4)    Exposure to contemporary issues affecting interior design. (2d)
5)    Exposure to the role and value of life-long learning. (7i)


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The primary mode of instruction will consist of lecture, readings, and in-class discussion.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

As a result of this course, the student will begin…

1)    To understand how design needs may vary for different socio-economic populations. (2c)
2)    To demonstrate the ability to appropriately apply theories of human behavior. (3b)
3)    To identify and define relevant aspects of a design problem (goals, objectives, performance criteria). (4a)
4)    To gather appropriate and necessary information and research findings to solve the problem (evidence-based design). (4b)
5)    To evaluate, select, and apply information and research findings to design. (4c)
6)    To have an awareness of team work and dynamics. (5a)
7)    To express ideas clearly in oral and written communication and integrate oral and visual material to present ideas clearly. (6b, 6f)
8)    To understand professional ethics. (7e)
9)    To apply a variety of communication techniques and technologies appropriate to a range of purposes and audiences. (6a)
10)    To understand the contributions of interior design to contemporary society. (7a)


Assessment Measures

Projects, assignments, and student presentations.


Other Course Information

None


Review and Approval


01/2011