HERCONS 703 : Diagnosis and Adaptation

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the investigation of existing building fabric, diagnosis of issues impacting upon the state of repair or the level of comfort, and the adaptation of heritage buildings, including strengthening, energy upgrading, reuse and the design of additions and alterations.

Course Requirements

Restriction: ARCHGEN 753

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate the multi-disciplinary environment connected with the diagnosis procedures for historic buildings and how to consider them within a conservation process (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1 and 2.2)
  2. Understand and critically evaluate the different possibilities for the adaptation of historic buildings, preserving the building’s cultural value (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 and 3.2)
  3. Apply and integrate the principles and strategies of sustainable development to restoration and adaptation process (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Demonstrate improved research abilities, as well as spoken and written communication skills (Capability 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5)
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking and ability of connecting and evaluating the multiple disciplinary issues (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 1 (Research topic) 0% Individual Coursework
Presentation 2 (Final research findings) 30% Individual Coursework
Essay 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Presentation 1 (Research topic)
Presentation 2 (Final research findings)

Teaching & Learning Methods

The seminar consists of a number of lectures and guest lectures delivered during Weeks 1 to 6, followed by students presentations ad tutorials during which continuous formative review will be offered to the students.
The formative feedback shall be used by students to inform the development of their research proposal towards the final assignments.
Where relevant and depending on the topic, the course may also include some flipped teaching pedagogies. Students will be advised to prepare on some specific material with the necessary notice.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 12 hours of lectures, a 6 hour tutorial, 4 hours for students presentations and 128 hours of self-directed study towards presentations and essay preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures and tutorials and it is required for students presentations  to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings where the timetabled room will support this. Other learning activities including students seminars and tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

See the Talis Reading list for essential and recommended resources. These will be made available two weeks prior to the semester.

Health & Safety

Not applicable.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Feedback from this course has been positive.  Students appreciate the clarity with which the course is taught, as well as learning about the connections between heritage conservation and designing for a sustainable future.

Other Information

Assignments guidelines, lectures handouts and other relevant course materials will be available for download on Canvas.
Canvas will be also used for direct communications concerning class activities and for the final upload of the materials required to fulfil assignments’ requirements.

Attendance in class, workshops and tutorial sessions, as well as engagement with course activities, modules and readings, supports academic success. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students make every effort to attend class and complete all the necessary in-class and post-class requirements.

Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional, and when the application is made according to the following procedure. Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved before the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission from Canvas, complete the details and supply the required documentation from a health or other professional. Late submission forms must be supported by the course coordinator and then approved by the relevant programme director. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete).

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 27/01/2022 12:01 p.m.