FFD 656 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Environment-Behavior Research
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
FFD 656
Fall/Spring
2
2
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to present a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding on the relationship between the physical environment and behavior of human beings. Environmental problems require an understanding of how people think and behave, as well as the related context.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students will be able to: Gain awareness and sensitivity towards the built and natural environments.
  • Students will be able to: Grasp the significance of research in the field of design and learning to do research in design.
  • Students will be able to design and apply a research study in the Environmental-Behavior field.
  • Students will be able to assess how findings of a research study could be applied in design.
  • Students will be able to: Learn the fundamentals of the Environment-Behavior field.
Course Content This course examines the transactions between people and their everyday social and physical environments at an advanced level. Topics include environmental perception and cognition, spatial behavior such as personal space and territoriality, physical settings where we live, work, and learn, in addition to how these issues could be reflected on different areas of design.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to EBS/EBR Meeting with participants Film None
2 The “Meaning” of the Built Environment Identities of Spaces Reading on Relations between People and Interactions with the Environment
3 Background on EBS/EBR (and Research Methods) Reading + Research on EBS Background
4 People and Nature Reading + Commonalities Among Human Beings
5 Environmental Perception and Cognition Reading: What do they do?
6 Theories of Environment and Behavior Poster Proposal Submission (Mood Board)
7 Personal Space, Privacy, Territoriality, and Crowding Reading + Research on Terminology
8 Discussion of Individual Research Proposals Summary of individual research project (Abstract+Keywords+Brief Report-approx.2000 words)
9 People in Various Settings: Various Communities Reading + Research on Contemporary Strategies
10 Environmental Evaluation, Case Studies Reading
11 PEOPLE, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND DESIGN: Approaching the end of semester: How Can We Relate Behavioral & Social Factors To Community Development? Reading
12 Semester Analysis Review of All Previous Material
13 Individual Presentations Presentation of individual research project
14 Individual Critiques on Reports Finalized Poster
15 Submission of Reports (approx. 5000 words) Report of individual research project
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks None
Suggested Readings/Materials
  • Bell, P.A.; Greene, T. C.; Fisher, J. D.; Baum, A. 2005. Environmental Psychology. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
  • deBotton, A. 2006. The Architecture of Happiness. London: Hamish Hamilton books.
  • Gifford, R. 1996. Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc.
  • Habraken, N. J. and Teicher, Jonathan (Eds.) 2000. The Structure of the Ordinary: Form and Control in the Built Environment. Boston: The MIT Press.
  • Hall, E.T. 1976. Beyond Culture. New York: Anchor Books.
  • Sommer, R. 2008. Personal Space: The Behavioral Basis of Design. NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc. 

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
1
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
Project
1
100
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
4
64
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
4
Field Work
1
20
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
1
35
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
203

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

to be able to develop scientific expertise and capabilities in the field of design studies by using creative and critical thinking as well as research skills; innovatively contributing to the discipline through new ideas, 

X
2

to be able to comprehend the interaction across various disciplines related to the field of design reaching at original conclusions via using new and complex analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills,

X
3

to be able to develop new strategic approaches to solve unforeseen complex issues in design practice through integrative and creative elaboration,

X
4

to be able to conduct independent research, analyze scientific phenomena through a broad, deep and critical perspective, arrive at new syntheses and evaluations in design discipline,

X
5

to be able to publish scientific articles in reputable refereed journals, present papers in scientific conferences in the field of design and its sub-disciplines,

X
6

to be able to develop effective communication skills to scientifically present and defend original ideas to an expert audience,

X
7

to be able to conduct affective team work in the field of design,

X
8

to be able to use the English language fluently for both comprehending scientific publications and developing proper communication with foreign colleagues,

X
9

to be able to contribute to the process of transforming into an " information society", by following the technological, social and cultural developments on both academic and professional grounds continuously,

X
10

to be able to develop skills of designing and producing unique models and products that will be certificated as registered design, trade mark and patents.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest