HESC Curriculum Minutes -- Sept. 30, 2005

HESC
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MINUTES
Sept. 30, 2005

Meeting called to order 10:30 AM.
Meeting Adjourned: 11:05
Members Present: Fitch-Hilgenberg, Chair, Apple, Harding, Killian, Miller, Powell, Webb, Hill
Others Present: Payne, Hettiarachchy
Minutes from September 23, 2005 curriculum meetings were submitted and approved.
Dr. Webb presented the following Interior Design Program Changes for second reading:
These changes represent a major revision of the curriculum in response to the 2005 FIDER accreditation report and to keep up with changes in the interior design profession. While courses can be evaluated independently of all other changes, it is critical that the program as a whole be considered when making changes such as this.
Major Change: HESC 1031 Design I Lecture. Name changed to HESC 1031 Introduction to the Profession, Content change.
Justification: The field of interior design has changed dramatically during the last several years. Incoming students need to become acquainted with issues in the field, gain awareness of the breadth of the field, and be introduced to the wide array of professions available to those with a degree in Interior Design.
Major Change: HESC 1034 Design I changed to HESC 1034 Studio 1: Design Exploration 1 with no content changes.
Justification: The name of this course needs to be changed to reflect, and be consistent with, other changes taking place in the revision of the Interior Design curriculum.
Major Change: HESC 1041 Design II Lecture deleted from program.
Justification: The course content for HESC 1041 will be consolidated with HESC 1044. By incorporating a lecture component into HESC 1044, information can be more readily assimilated and applied to the studio assignments. This is further enhanced by the scheduling and collaborative teaching undertaken by the interior design faculty. In addition, contact hours will be reduced from 10 hours/week to 9 hours/week, and credit hours will decrease from 5 total units for HESC 1041 and 1044 to 4 units.
Major Change: HESC 1044 Design II changed to HESC 1044 Studio 1: Design Exploration 2 with no content changes.
Justification: The name of this course needs to be changed to reflect, and be consistent with, other changes taking place in the revision of the Interior Design curriculum.
Major Change: HESC 2853 Textiles for Interiors. New course.
Justification: As the field of textiles continues expanding in the number products, technology, and end uses, the textile foundation needs of Apparel and Interior Design are diverging sharply. Graduating interior design students have a specific and concentrated need to understand and specify textiles as they relate to the building and fire codes they will encounter in the work place. They must be able to analyze fiber content, evaluate yarn and weave structure, categorize fabric finishes, interpret codes, and then recommend suitable textiles for an array of interior surfaces. Apparel shares foundational information with interiors, but does not address codes or the specific interior applications critical to that field. Additionally, separate sections of 2053 course have resulted in enrollment problems
Major Change: HESC 2883 History of Interiors I. Name change to HESC 2883 History of Interior Design and Content change.
Major Change: HESC 3883 History of Interiors II. Delete course.
Justification: The decision to merge HESC 2883 History of Interiors I and HESC 3883 History of Interiors II is based on the fact that the licensing exam for interior design has not included history questions for nearly 20 years. Likewise, accreditation standards have placed little emphasis on history. Achieving competencies in other areas such as technology, codes, and business practices should therefore take precedence.
Major Change: HESC 2803 Studio I Introduction to Interior Design. Name change to HESC 2805 Studio 3 Basic Space Planning and Communication, Content Change, Credit Hour change
Major Change: HESC 2833 Introduction to Presentation Techniques. Delete course.
Justification: The course content for HESC 2803 will be consolidated with HESC 2833. For the past two years the faculty members directing both courses have collaborated closely as a means to enrich the learning experience of students who were enrolled concurrently. The collaboration also resulted in a more manageable load for the students. However, the overlap of the courses created some confusion regarding the requirements and activities within each course. By combining HESC 2833 with HESC 2803 to create a single 5 credit course (2805), the content will be richer than either single course. In addition, contact hours will be reduced from 12 hours/week to 10 hours/week, and credit hours will decrease from 6 units (for both courses) to 5 units.
Major Change: HESC 2813 Studio II Space Planning. Name change to HESC 2815 Studio 4 Design Programming, Content Change, Credit Hour change
Major Change: HESC 2863 Principles of Computer Aided Design. Delete course
Justification: The course content for HESC 2893 will be consolidated with HESC 2815 (currently 2813). For the past two years the faculty members directing both courses have collaborated closely as a means to enrich the learning experience of students who were enrolled concurrently. The collaboration also resulted in a more manageable load for the students. However, the overlap of the courses created some confusion regarding the requirements and activities within each course. By combining HESC 2893 with HESC 2813 to create a single 5 credit course, contact hours will be reduced from 12 hours/week to 10 hours/week, and credit hours will decrease from 6 units to 5 units.
Major Change: HESC 2842 Lighting Systems. Name change to HESC 3843 Building Systems for ID, Content change, Credit Hour change.
Major Change: HESC 2841 Lighting Studio. Delete course.
Justification: HESC 2842 was limited to lighting systems. Accreditation standards also require that interior design programs include basic information about other building support systems. In order to cover these topics adequately, the course must meet at least 3 hours per week. The course content for HESC 2841 Lighting Studio will be consolidated with HESC 2805 (currently 2803) and 2815 (currently 2813). For the past two years faculty members directing the three courses have collaborated and shared projects as a means to enrich the learning experience of students while reducing loads. However, the overlap of the courses created some confusion regarding the requirements and activities within each course. By incorporating the requirements of HESC 2841 with HESC 2805 and 2815, the learning process will be simplified and content can be more readily applied to studio projects.
Major Change: HESC 3803 Studio III. Name change to HESC 3805 Studio 5 Design and Construction, Content change and Credit Hour change.
Major Change: HESC 3863 Advanced Presentation Techniques. Delete course.
Justification: The course content for HESC 3803 will be consolidated with HESC 3683. For the past two years the faculty members directing both courses have collaborated closely as a means to enrich the learning experience of students who were enrolled concurrently. The collaboration also resulted in a more manageable load for the students. However, the overlap of courses created some confusion regarding the requirements and activities within each course. By combining HESC 3863 with HESC 3803 to create a single 5 credit course (3805), the content will be richer than either single course. One weakness faculty have observed in the past is the lack of carry over from one support course to the next studio. This integration will help students see the immediate application of material. In addition, contact hours will be reduced from 12 hours/week to 10 hours/week, and credit hours will decrease from 6 units (for both courses) to 5 units.
Major Change: HESC 4843 Internship Preparation. Name change to HESC 3841 Portfolio Workshop, Content change and Credit Hour change.
Justification: Much of the content of the original internship preparation course HESC 4843 has become repetitive. Development of written communication skills: in reports, resumes, and correspondence is covered in English composition classes and professional development courses. Likewise, skills in oral presentations, critiques, and interviews are developed in studios. Students also have developed presentation skills that will assist then in creating their portfolios. A one credit studio is adequate to meet the requirements of this course. Also, since students will register for this in the fall of their junior year, it is logical to that the course number be at the 3000 level.
Major Change: HESC 4803 Studio V Advanced Residential Design. Name change to HESC 4805 Studio 7 Comprehensive Design Process 1, Content change and Credit Hour change.
Justification: The studio setting is critical to the development of the professional design skills required in the interior design program. This change will increase credit hours and, therefore, contact hours for students and enable them to create more comprehensive design solutions benefiting their development and their portfolio. The most recent accreditation visit by FIDER recommended that projects at the senior level be larger in square footage and more comprehensive in their requirements. This change is also consistent with other nationally recognized programs at the senior level. Contact hours will be increased from 6 hours/week to 10 hours/week, and credit hours will increase from 3 units to 5 units.
Major Change: HESC 4863 Advanced Commercial Design. Name change to HESC 4815 Studio 8 Comprehensive Design Process 2. Content change and Credit Hour change.
Justification: The studio setting is critical to the development of the professional design skills required in the interior design program. This change will increase credit and therefore contact hours for students and enable them to create more comprehensive design solutions benefiting their development and their portfolio. The most recent accreditation visit by FIDER recommended that the projects at the senior level be larger in square feel and more comprehensive in their requirements. This change is also in keeping with other nationally recognized programs at the senior level. In addition, contact hours will be increased from 6 hours/week to 10 hours/week, and credit hours will increase from 3 units to 5 units.
Major Change: HESC 4891 Portfolio. Delete course.
Justification: HESC 4891 Senior Portfolio is superfluous because students have completed their portfolios prior to their summer internship experience before the senior year. Modifications are, of course, continued throughout the senior year. but a course is not required.
Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg opened the floor for discussion and questions concerning any of the changes.
Dr. Apple asked about changes to the check sheet. Dr. Apple asked that HESC 2853 Textiles be moved from the HESC core block to the IDES block. Dr. Apple pointed out that ACCT 2013 had been changed to WCOB 1023 and needed to be noted on the check sheet. Dr. Apple also asked if HESC 3841 Portfolio should be included in the check sheet. Dr. Webb said HESC 3841 was not a required course and the other changes to the check sheet would be done.
Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg said the FIDER response had been made available to the committee and several committee members had been able to read the document. Dr. Miller asked if it was in the scope of the committee members' job description to go into such detail when approving curriculum changes. Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg answered that any information that a committee member needed to feel they were making an informed decision before voting would fall into the job description. She further commented that since the reason for the changes proposed were based on the FIDER report it was certainly reasonable to ask for the documentation.
Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg questioned the FIDER suggestion to start small and increase classes in complexity and if a five hour lab would accommodate this recommendation.
Dr. Miller answered that it is not just a lab it is a studio. There is much more than one on one interaction allowed in a five hour studio. Currently there is not enough time with the students, by integrating the two classes (presentation and studio) it will allow more one-on-one time with students. This will help reduce confusion for the students.
Dr. Webb pointed out that combining presentation and studio will actually reduce the total number of hours students are in class. Students work, engage, and learn from each other. Longer studio time will benefit students; they will be more likely to come to studio if they have enough time to actually work on projects. Studio culture is moving toward architecture, changes have not been made in six years.
Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg stated the classes will make it tough to schedule for students to meet core requirements.
Dr. Killian said he thought the schedule should take a back seat to student needs. These changes will help students.
Dr. Miller pointed out the IDES has looked at the schedule to make sure it will work with core classes.
Dr. Webb said they were looking at possibly offering more sections. Currently sections now overlap and join together. Dr. Miller said students like it better. Dr. Webb said it gives the students a broader perceptive in studios because of the range of backgrounds in Faculty.
Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg stated her largest concern is five hour lab.
Dr. Webb said it tells the student the priority of the program. The national trend in programs is being moved from HESC to other colleges such as Architecture. Five hour studio is very important and our students will be competing with ARCH students for jobs.
Dr. Apple asked how current students would graduate under the new course guidelines.
Dr. Webb said they have looked at each student's record and three transfer students will graduate in May. There are only 14 sophomores to transfer to new check sheet. IDES will go over all information with each student during advising and have them sign off on changing to new check sheets.
Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg asked if there were any further discussion. There was none.
Dr. Webb made a motion to accept IDES changes as submitted. Dr. Miller seconded motion.
Paper ballots were cast and counted. The vote was 6 –yes, 2 – no. Dr. Fitch-Hilgenberg announced the motion had been passed. The changes will be presented to the Faculty and then to the Faculty Council.
Dr. Killian moved to adjourn, Dr. Apple seconded. Meeting adjourned at 11:05.
Respectfully submitted,
Michele Payne
Administrative Assistant I