ADA1011 - Interdisciplinary studies 1 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Daniel von Sturmer


Mr Daniel von Sturmer

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Trimester 2 2019 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Trimester 3 2019 (On-campus block of classes)






This interdisciplinary studies unit will engage with complex contemporary challenges via project-based activities and problem-based learning. Students will apply knowledge, techniques and methodologies from their individual disciplines in collaboration with others' as they investigate a range of disciplinary perspectives and approaches relevant to the challenge at hand. Student cohorts may include any combination of art, design or architecture students as well as students from other disciplinary backgrounds. Developing the ability to critically and creatively engage with 'real world' problems through interdisciplinary approaches will be the core of learning in this unit. Students will develop skills in communication, collaboration and innovation, as well as reflective approaches that will focus on developing a clearer understanding of the personal perspective and skills each contributor brings to a shared challenge. Final outcomes from the unit may include collaborative or individual submissions.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand a range of opportunities for discipline-specific practitioners in interdisciplinary contexts;
  2. Apply collaboration, representation and communication skills for interdisciplinary engagement;
  3. Conduct critical enquiry relevant to an identified issue, and analyse and evaluate findings;
  4. Conceptualise, develop and present a creative response to a given interdisciplinary problem;
  5. Critically reflect on the students' own contributions to an interdisciplinary undertaking;
  6. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the interdisciplinary study, in order to collaborate safely with peers.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours total per week including 4 contact hours plus 8 hours of independent study time, or equivalent.

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