• Class Number 4664
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Rohan Nicol
    • Rohan Nicol
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to foundational knowledge and processes that underpin contemporary jewellery and object making. A series of demonstrations and engaging practical exercises establish the students’ knowledge and competence with hand tools, materials, processes and machinery. Studio theory is thoughtfully integrated into this practical course to establish awareness of key historical and theoretical backgrounds of jewellery and object making. Workplace Health and Safety instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. identify and use tools, materials and equipment appropriately and safely;
  2. engage with materials, tools and processes to produce resolved samples and finished works
  3. demonstrate the capacity to develop and communicate ideas through making jewellery and small objects; and
  4. demonstrate understanding of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to jewellery and object making.

Research-Led Teaching

This course introduces the technical material and contextual foundations for a Visual Arts Practice working within Gold & Silversmithing. Students will acquire and develop technical skills and knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of Gold & Silversmithing. They will also begin to apply self-critical and reflective skills as they develop concepts through material investigation, contextual research through active participation in class projects, discussions and group critiques. Students will begin to

articulate their own interests and creative priorities, towards a personal research methodology, discussions and group critiques 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Technical Exercise 1- Measuring, marking, filing, sawing In class feedback
2 Technical Exercise 2 - Precise Drilling In class feedback
3 Technical Exercise 3 - Precise Filing of Form and or sand-casting task In class feedback
4 Technical Exercise 4 - Rolling / drawing wire and chenier, Rivets In class feedback
5 Technical Exercise 5 - Hollow Ball Project 1 Commences - Box Ring In class feedback
6 Technical Exercise - revision Project 2 Commences - Pendant In class feedback
7 REVIEW– Technical exercises 1 - 6 are to be presented for review Project 1 and 2 continue Structured formative feedback.
8 Project 1 and 2 continue In class feedback
9 Project 1 and 2 continue In class feedback
10 Project 1 and 2 continue In class feedback
11 Project 1 and 2 continue In class feedback
12 Project 1 and 2 continue In class feedback

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of Technical Exercises 40 % 13/06/2019 21/06/2019 1, 2, 3
Portfolio of Studio Projects 40 % 13/06/2019 21/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Journal 20 % 13/06/2019 21/06/2019 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course is supported through wattle however punctual attendance is essential. The highly practical nature of the content requires face-to-face contact with the lecturer. The skills taught are sequential and build skills knowledge and understanding that are the foundation to future development. Student who miss class are disadvantaged and unless documentation supporting absence can be provided, content will not be repeated.


There is no examination for this class you are assessed through the portfolio of work presented at the end of semester.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 13/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Portfolio of Technical Exercises

The technical exercises introduced through this course build the core skills required to undertake project 1 and 2. The technical exercises will be outlined through handout demonstrations and through resources available on the ARTV1401 wattle site. 

Value: 40%

Presentation requirements: These works are to be available for review in week 7 following mid semester break. Students may consider using the teaching free period to complete unfinished work.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 13/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Portfolio of Studio Projects

Students will be shown the process by which they will construct a pendant (Project 1) and box ring (project 2). Each of these projects is reliant on the knowledge and skills acquired through completion of the exercises undertaken through assignment 1. However in this assignment students will have the opportunity to design an original object for each project with the stipulation that it will employ the materials and processes introduced through the course. In consultation with the lecturer students will undertake a process of design developments. This process will culminate in an original work that they will produce and present together with evidence of contextual references and design research informing their outcome. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 13/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4


Students are required to keep a comprehensive visual diary or journal to record their ongoing visual research, information and critical reflections of creative works they consider potentially relevant to their own creative ideas/interests. This should not be limited to content that is directly related to the course but should also include material with potential linkages to course content, drawn from exhibitions visited, lectures attended, art/design works witnessed, books and journals read etc.

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: The journal in whatever form it takes is to be available for review in week 7 and support the wider folio at assessment

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Rohan Nicol

Research Interests

My research interests involve making wearing and using objects that seek and affect change through scalable action.

Rohan Nicol

Rohan Nicol

Research Interests

Rohan Nicol

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