Instructor: John Passmore
Office Hours: by email
Description: Focuses on methods of research primarily through the vehicle of exploration of a topic of personal interest. Students will identify an area of interest, and generate a research strategy in preparation for pursuing an individualized inquiry of interior design issues in the context of the capstone studios.
Work from this course is carried forward to INDES 471 and INDES 472.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program and permission of instructor with INDES 340 and three (3) courses from the INDES 370-377 studio series with a C (2.0) or better or permission of instructor.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Throughout the quarter, students will produce work through various assigned activities that will help identify meaningful influences, personal philosophies, relevant theories, and topics of interest for their capstone project. A final research abstract will include a statement of intent, as well as a preliminary literature review and research strategy. This summary will document how the student is making progress toward developing a distinct and compelling focus for their capstone topic. Students will also participate in classroom discussion of the assignments.
A second focus of the course will consist of generating case studies with a specific focus on previous creative work that is directly related to the student’s topic of interest.
The instructor reserves the right to penalize the student for late work, missed classes, unprofessional behavior (including tardiness, leaving early, disrespect for others, poor preparation, sleeping in class, abusing classroom etiquette). All reasonable exceptions will be considered, but don’t abuse this accommodation, either. If any behavior might be cause for dismissal from a job, consider it cause for concern.
Grading will follow the BC Guidelines in the Course Catalog and Student Handbook. If you have questions about how you are doing in class, make an appointment to talk with me. Do not expect me to talk about this during or immediately after class.
The final grade will be determined by the accumulated evidence of the student’s work during the quarter, as presented in their final document. The grade breakdown:
Final Document Contents Available points
Personal Research and Capstone Topics 200 points
Research Abstract 100 points
Case study Activities 100 points
Case Study Document 100 points
Grading Scale: A 500-450 B 449-400 C 399-350 D 349-300 F 299-0
A = Excellent, Remarkable, Exceeds Potential; B = Very Good,
High Quality, Promising
C = Passable, Developing Skills, Meets Minimum Expectations; D = Insufficient, Lacking, Poor
Bellevue College Interior Design Department reserves the right to
collect and keep student work as a part of our ongoing program development and
accreditation requirements. Effective fall quarter 2010, faculty will
retain selected student work in all courses within the Interior Design
curriculum in order to prepare for our next CIDA site visit.
We thank you for cooperating with the faculty, and hope you understand it is an honor to have your work held to represent our program.
Please note: Student work includes all process work, notebooks, digital images, and all finished projects from the beginning of the quarter through final projects. Students may make arrangements with their instructors to photograph or scan their projects but the college will keep the original work. After the completion of the CIDA site visit in fall of 2012 work will be returned upon request.
The instructor reserves the right to refuse any work that has not been reviewed previously in class. If it has not been previously reviewed or presented it may not be accepted for credit.
This class meets only once per week. According to the Arts & Humanities Student Rights and Responsibilities http://bellevuecollege.edu/artshum/policy.html, missing 20% of the total class time available – two classes, may result in your failing the course, or a significant lowering of your grade. Attendance is mandatory. That includes being on time. The class will meet in the assigned classroom, unless other arrangements are announced.
ALL ASSIGNMENTS are due at the beginning of class (U.O.N.) Late work will be penalized. Please notify instructor in advance of any extenuating circumstances affecting attendance or project completion.
Dialog with peers is important. Class time – in addition to the many opportunities for review and dialog – is a time for devoting your attention to the learning about design research. You are encouraged to take full advantage of this opportunity to develop an evidence-based design perspective and refine and enhance your thesis ideas.
Participate in class and in all the assigned readings and activities if you want to get the most out of this class. Engaging in the learning activity is more important than the grade, but the grade will reflect your level of engagement, based on what you deliver throughout the quarter and the final.
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We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. http://bellevuecollege.edu/about/goals/inclusion.asp
“Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates. The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Vice President of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College. Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services.” The Student Code, Policy 2050, in its entirety is located at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/policies/2/2050_Student_Code.asp
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Interior Design Student Association: http://idsainfo.blogspot.com/
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Interior Design @ BC List Serve
To help students stay informed, the Interior Design Department has created a listserve. An email bulletin board that allows faculty to reach students in the program with the latest program related information and announcements. We recommend that you subscribe to the listserve. This is how you do it: Send an email to email@example.com Type the word subscribe in the subject line. Shortly afterwards you will receive an email confirmation from the list. You must reply to this message to complete the process. When you wish to remove yourself from the list you need only send an email to the listserve address with the word unsubscribe in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation notice that you have been removed from the list. Students have reported difficulty subscribing to the listserve through Hotmail, Comcast, and other providers. If you receive a "List Posting Error Notification" after replying to the confirmation email, you can
Place a help request ticket through the student technology support center and they can set you up manually. Just go to
Students for the most part can self-register.
If a student is trying to register for a class and it is full, they will need a blue card. If they are trying to register a time conflict class, IE an overlap of any time in their schedule, they need a blue card.
Blue cards can be obtained at the Division office R-230. Online classes, the student must complete the online blue card request. Found here: http://bellevuecollege.edu/services/bluecard.asp
The student must have you complete the blue card with the course information and faculty, program chair or program manager signature. If the student needs an entry code to add the class, please refer them to the Entry Code Procedure.
Entry Codes must be requested by email. Detailed information is required to process entry code requests:
Please refer students who need entry codes to the Interior Design Department Website so their request is complete.
Certain classes offered each quarter may require entry codes if:
To request an entry code please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
Please allow at least one business day to receive a response to your request. Requests sent on Fridays after 3:00pm or on weekends may take until Tuesday to be answered.
Please don't call the Interior Design Program office for Entry Codes.