• Class Number 7484
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Beck Davis
    • Jonathon Zalakos
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This practical course introduces digital and analogue machinery and equipment for making jewellery and domestic scale objects. Students will engage these technologies to learn their practical and creative potentials. Students will complete set projects and then develop independent and/or collaborative projects that extend and consolidate knowledge. Machines provide unlimited opportunity for creative exploration, enabling rapid prototyping of ideas, efficiency in manufacture and repeatable accuracy. Machines extend the capacity of the hand but yet remain connected to the mind and intent of their operator. Students will have the opportunity and support to engage with digital design software to specify designs.

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. demonstrate an understanding of the machines and processes introduced;
  2. process materials with machines in a controlled or methodical way;
  3. specify and make original jewellery and/or objects with the technology;
  4. critically engage with historical and theoretical contexts relevant to the production, display, viewing and use of jewellery and objects; and
  5. demonstrate knowledge and application of Workplace Health and Safety practices.

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 Introduction - Making with Machines (MwM) Lesson Focus: Otherwise impossible Case studies in MwM
2 Lesson Focus: Subtraction Demonstration - Bandsaw/ Linisher CAD: Introduction Case study presentations
3 Lesson Focus: Subtraction Demonstration - Mill Demonstration - Lathe CAD: Tooling design Case study presentations
4 Lesson Focus: Transformation Demonstration - Press Demonstration - Folders + Rollers CAD: Designing a ring Case study presentations
5 Lesson Focus: Additive Demonstration - Puk + Laser welding CAD: Digital sculpting
6 Lesson Focus: Machine and finish Demonstration - (Finishing) - tumbler/ bead blaster Excursion - Makerspace / Engineering
7 Review Mid Semester Review
8 Lesson Focus: IWP Rapid Group Crit – formative assessment no grade
9 Lesson Focus: IWP Rapid Group Crit – formative assessment no grade
10 Lesson Focus: IWP Rapid Group Crit – formative assessment no grade
11 Lesson Focus: IWP Rapid Group Crit – formative assessment no grade
12 Lesson Focus: IWP
14 Exam Block Assessment due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of studio work - Part A 40 % 1-5
Portfolio of studio work - Part B 40 % 1-5
Supporting artefacts of design research and contextual references 20 % 1-4

* 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 Academic Integrity . 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Portfolio of studio work - Part A

Addition, Subtraction, Transformation.

Students will create three different archetypal products of the domestic object or jewellery world using their choice of materials, techniques and processes introduced through the class. Each object will respond to a different machine process: addition, subtraction and transformation. This will involve reflection on the process and their influence on material as creative and critical opportunities. The set of three items will be developed in consultation with the lecturer and seek to be both visually engaging and fit for purpose. The finished work must be executed to a standard fit for exhibition or sale.

Value: 40%

Submit: during the exam block, date and submission details to be confirmed during class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Portfolio of studio work - Part B

Independent work Proposal (IWP) – otherwise impossible. 

In the IWP, students will draft a proposal using the supplied template (see wattle resource section) which will nominate an object type and primary, secondary and tertiary machine processes. Students will integrate their understanding of different processes to create a design that would be impossible to make without the use of machines. Proposals will be limited to object categories including jewellery (eg. a ring, bracelet, brooch, neckpiece) and objects (tableware, vessels, interior lights / lamp). The IWP will be iterated upon, emphasising the influence that the machines have on the work that the maker hadn’t initially anticipated.

Value: 40%

Submit: during the exam block, date and submission details to be confirmed during class.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Supporting artefacts of design research and contextual references

Details of task: This task has two components:

1/ Journal – The journal is the location where you will collate any visual references (art, craft or design works) in addition to any other contextual references that might assist in framing, informing or positioning your project. The Journal will also include drawings that are a part of your process. These may be speculative, exploratory, diagrammatic, maps, charts, illustrations, plans, designs, patterns, manual or digital. The journal will archive your thinking, recording your journey through the project and importantly enabling you to remember where you have been. In addition, the journal may include articles or journal essays with summaries that are important to your work.

2/ Class presentation – It is important you have the opportunity to contribute to the class by bringing perspectives no one else would. The class tutorial presentations are a way for that to happen. You will present a 5-7-minute Case study on 3 ‘creatives’ who make with machines. These case studies will be followed by discussion and questions. You could frame your presentation with these and or other questions.

  • Who are they?
  • What do they do?
  • To what context have they responded?
  • How do they produce it?
  • What is interesting or distinctive about their work?
  • What specific aspect of their work do you think could inform you own directions?

This is a practical class and you will need to participate in class tutorials/presentation and crits and demonstrations with questions and physical on campus attendance. Demonstrations cannot be repeated without proof of absence supported by a medical certificate.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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. Extensions may be granted 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).

Dr Beck Davis

Research Interests

Dr Beck Davis

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Jonathon Zalakos

Research Interests

Jonathon Zalakos

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