|Texas A&M University - College of Architecture|
ARCH 655 Parametric Modeling in Design
Parametric modeling principles, methods and applications in environmental design and research; architectural geometry at basic and advanced levels; parametric equations and models; visual programming method; scripting method; constraints, rules and algorithms; elements and patterns of parametric design; parametric simulation; modeling tools.
PrerequisitesGraduate classification or instructor approval
At the end of the course students should gain knowledge of architectural computing methods centered at parametric modeling that they can apply in design studios, thesis work, research, and professional practice. Students should gain knowledge of basic and advanced parametric design technologies that can be used to understand complex architectural geometry, identify appropriate building parameters, understand parametric design algorithms, and use computer visual programming and scripting to implement their parametric design prototypes.
The course will include the following components:
A timetable can be found in Lectures link on the left navigation area. The timetable may change in response to unforeseen pedagogic or logistic factors.
Performance Evaluation and Attendance to Classes
Grading will be based on performance on a set of quizzes, homework assignments, projects, and class participation using the following percentage distribution:
The final grade will be given by a letter based on weighted average points. Points and letters will be given by the following evaluation:
Assessment grading will be based on the quality of the final product (defined as the relationship between assignment objectives and results), the quality of the procedural narratives (description of the procedure used during the assignment), workload, and class participation.
Requirements of assignments, assignment weights, and due days can be found in Assignments link on the left navigation area.
How to Learn in This Class
Focus on the application tutorials, homework, and projects. Learn the theories behind the applications. Don't miss any tutorials or any part of a tutorial. All tutorials are important for completing the projects. The tutorials are designed not only to let you master the fundamental knowledge of computer applications, but also to introduce you systematic methods of design computing and Parametric Modeling.
Attendance will be examined and will be part of the Class Participation score.
See Student Rule 7 for details (http://student-rules.tamu.edu/rule07). The fact that these are university-excused absences does not relieve the student of responsibility for prior notification and documentation. Failure to notify and/or document properly may result in an unexcused absence. Falsification of documentation is a violation of the Honor Code.
Safe Learning Environment and Anti-Harassment Policy
Mental Health and Counseling
If you or someone you know is ever in a crisis situation, CAPS has crisis counselors available.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, currently located in the Disability Services building at the Student Services at White Creek complex on west campus or call 979-845-1637. For additional information, visit http://disability.tamu.edu.
The TAMU student rules (http://student-rules.tamu.edu/), Part I Rule 20 (about Academic Misconduct) will be strictly enforced.
For individual work, students should not provide to other students any kind of personal digital file related to the development of the assignments. Drawing, modeling, animation files (.rvt, .rfa, dxf, .mdb, .accdb, dwg, .dwf, .psd, .jpg, .gif, .avi, etc) among others, that are created in the context of the class are personal property and should not be shared with other students of the same section or among sections. Plagiarism applies to all kinds of digital files and to all related content (i.e. models, images, drawings, the narrative of the procedure for an assignment, etc). You are committing plagiarism if you use or copy the work of another person and turn it as your own, even if you have permission of that person.
An indicator of appropriate help you may receive is that the help really helps you learn - when you complete the homework/project you can redo it without any help.
Transfer of homework/project models, source code and resulting product files is not allowed. Sharing of model templates that are not provided by the instructor is not allowed. Individual assignment must be completed individually.
Modeling projects may contain families from other resources, but appropriate references and credits must be given in the documentation AND blogs.
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