• Class Number 6840
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
    • Elliot Bastianon
SELT Survey Results

In this course, students are challenged by the provocation of “why make anything for a world already full of stuff”? This requires students to reconcile their design decisions, processes, materials and choice of making in consideration to some of the most important challenges of our time.

Students will be asked to consider the ethics of design and making through the lens our relationship to the environment and ecology. Students will engage in reparative practices and design projects that provide a counter-narrative to the economic concepts of infinite growth and infinite resource. Through this course students will learn and practice design thinking and making skills that enable them to independently and collaboratively understanding and respond to the impacts of resource extraction by developing design-based solutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. develop and resolve original design responses and prototypes that critically engage with the environmental impacts of resource extraction and waste in response to assessment tasks;
  2. identify and experiment with materials and processes that are appropriate to the functional, aesthetic and conceptual requirements of their project;
  3. apply and document incremental refinements of ideas and processes through iterative design and critical reflection; and
  4. research and demonstrate an understanding of local, global, historical, and theoretical contexts relevant to production-consumption cycles and their ecological impacts.

Research-Led Teaching

Eriksmoen's Practice-led research involves the recovery and re-use of wasted and salvaged urban timber, and the design of artificial hollows for habitat restoration.

Field Trips

A field trip to Barrer Hill will be part of this course in Week 6. Details will be announced via Wattle and in class.

Additional Course Costs

There will be a Materials Fee for this course that goes towards project fabrication. The materials will become part of the student's personal property. Details of the Materials Fee policy and payments can be found here: https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees

Examination Material or equipment

While physical projects will be presented in class, documentation of all projects will be uploaded via Wattle.

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 Course Introduction: Seminar; Tutorial Task 1: Introduced: Task 2: post weekly reflection 1
2 Transformative Repair: Seminar; Tutorial Task 2: post weekly reflection 2
3 Transformative Repair: Seminar; Tutorial Task 2: post weekly reflection 3
4 Transformative Repair: Seminar; Tutorial Task 2: post weekly reflection 4
5 Transformative Repair: Seminar; Tutorial Task 1: Due; Task 2: post weekly reflection 5
6 Field Trip: Barrer Hill Task 3: Introduced; Task 2: post weekly reflection (make-up)
7 Species Hotel: Seminar: Guest Expert Presentations (School of Music, Lecture Theatre 3) Progress Task 3
8 Species Hotel: Woodworking/Prototyping Tutorials Progress Task 3
9 Species Hotel: Woodworking/Prototyping Tutorials Progress Task 3
10 Species Hotel: Woodworking/Prototyping Tutorials Progress Task 3
11 Species Hotel: Open Studio Work Progress Task 3
12 Species Hotel: Group Presentations (School of Music, Lecture Theatre 3) Task 3: Due
13 Exam Period Species Hotel Project and Documentation due (60%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Discussion Forum 20 % 4
Transformative Repair 30 % 1, 2
Species Hotel Project 50 % 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.


Participation in the weekly classes is essential to fulfilling the learning outcomes of this course. Students are expected to attend all classes and to be active participants. Many of the class meetings will involve studio-based practices that are hands-on, involve tools and equipment, and require in-class WHS training. If you are enrolling in this course, commit to being present for all scheduled class meetings.


Final assessments will be during the ANU Exam Period.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

Discussion Forum

Written response to weekly prompt to be posted via Wattle. Must be posted prior to class meeting each week to receive credit. Each week will be marked only as Pass/Fail (100%/0%)



Posts a considered reflection in response to the weekly prompt that is: posted on time prior to the week's class meeting; draws on course materials; is 200 words, +/- 10%; and responds in a thoughtful manner to at least 1 post by a classmate.

Meets all of the criteria for the week.

Fails to meet one or more criteria for the week.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Transformative Repair

Students will individually engage in projects applying the concept of Transformative Repair to broken/discarded objects. Projects will be presented in tutorial for critique Week 5. Details of task will be published on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Species Hotel Project

Working individually and in small groups, students will design, prototype, fabricate and install artificial habitat structures. Individual assessment submissions of portfolio and documentation will include evidence of research, critical analysis, reflection and synthesis of knowledge, as well as evidence of engagement in design and making of projects.

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

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).

Ashley Eriksmoen

Research Interests

Critical Design; Contemporary Craft; Sustainable Practice; Habitat Restoration; Sculpture, Furniture and Woodworking.

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Elliot Bastianon

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