Introduction To Interiors

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College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences Brigham Young University
School of Family Life Winter 2015

SFL 102 Introduction to Interiors

Credits: 3 Prerequisites: None Time: Section 001: MWF 9:00 am – 9:50 am Location: B106 JFSB Section 002: MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am Section 003: MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Instructor: Chad W. Gibbs Ph.D. 2056 JFSB (801) 422-3820 *Contact Dr. Gibbs via email:

TA Section 001: Mallory Section 002: Melody Section 003: Melody *Contact your TA via Learning Suite

Office Hours: MW 12:00pm – 1:00pm or by appointment (don’t hesitate to email me to set up a time to meet with me that meets your schedule)

Required text: Interiors: An Introduction 5th Edition by Nielson / Taylor

Course Description: Interior design, emphasizing history and development of the American home.

Course Objectives: The student will:

Become a life-long observer of design and the designed environment.
Develop a basic vocabulary of design through reading, class discussion, class demonstration and memorization.
Increase awareness and synthesize good and poor design on wellbeing and aesthetic response by experiencing design first-hand on campus and in the community and by reviewing design notebooks.
Develop an understanding of design as a problem-solving process through discussion, first-hand experience, and by responding in the design notebooks assignments.
Develop a basic vocabulary of architectural stylistic elements and an appreciation for the historic development of the American home through reading, discussion, visual presentation, site visits, and be responding in the design notebook assignments.

Course evaluation

Points are accumulated through the following work:

Chapter Quizzes 60 pts.
In-Class Exercises 45 pts.
Exams 200 pts.
Design Notebook Entries 135 pts.
Theory Paper 30 pts.
Total 470 points

To arrive at a final grade, the following system will be used. The grades for all assignments and the semester grade will be based upon the percentage of a numerical score as shown in the table below. Final scores will not be rounded up.

Percentage and Grade
93 – 100% = A
90 – 92% = A-
“A” represents achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements.
87 - 89% = B+
83 – 86% = B
80 – 82% = B-
“B” represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements.
Quality of the student response, material content, and presentation must exceed the requirements to earn a B or higher.
77 – 79% = C+
73 – 76% = C
70 – 72% = C-
“C” represents achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect.
*Please be reminded that a grade of "C" designates satisfactory work. To earn a grade higher than a "C" you must do better than average work!
67 – 69% = D+
60 – 66% = D

“D” represents achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements.
59% & below = F

“F” represents failure to meet the course requirements. No credit is given for the course.

Course expectations, Policies and Student Responsibilities: See learning suite for additional policies

1. Attendance: Attendance is critical to success in this course. An important part of resident instruction is the discussions, interactions, and course content that is presented face to face. Much of what will be tested will not be apparent from the notes and presentations available on learning suite. If you miss class be sure to get notes from one or more of your classmates.

2. Assignments: Late work will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances. Submit your work early to avoid network problems or file problems.

3. Students are expected to come prepared for class.

4. If you suspect or are aware that you have a disability, you are strongly