Introduction to Architecture
I. Course Prefix/Number: HUM 133
Course Name: Introduction to Architecture
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
After completing this course, the student will be able to do the following:.
- Define the basic vocabulary needed to discuss architecture.
- Describe the design and construction techniques of significant building types developed by Western civilization from the Egyptians into the 21st century.
- Recognize representative works of architecture and identify the architectural styles of these buildings.
- Explain the relationship of architectural styles to the overall development of Western culture.
- Demonstrate a beginning knowledge of some architectural traditions outside the West and the relationship of these traditions to their cultures.
- Using appropriate concepts and vocabulary, thoughtfully appraise the quality and significance of a work of architecture.
- Collaborate with other students in groups to identify and describe architectural features of buildings in our area.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
(This is a sample outline of topics. In this section the instructor will present a similar outline that fulfills the learning objectives. Please note that not all of the material needs to be covered. Also, a topical approach that covers this material in a different way is acceptable. This outline will include the dates when specific topics will be covered, when exams will be given, and when papers and projects are due.)
|Week 1:||Introduction to Architectural Thought
|Week 2:||Egyptian Architecture: The development of the Mastaba, tombs, pyramids and temples during the Early and Middle Kingdoms.|
|Week 3:||Ancient Architecture of the Near East: The development of temples and palaces of Mesopotamia, Assyria, Persia and Babylonia.|
|Weeks 4 & 5:||Architecture of Greece.
|Week 6:||The Architecture of Rome
|Week 7:||Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture.
|Week 8:||Islamic Architecture
|Week 9:||Romanesque and Gothic Architecture.
|Week 10:||The Renaissance Architecture: The great churches, palaces and secular architecture in Italy during the 15-17th centuries.|
|Week 11:||Post Renaissance Architecture in Europe: The development of public, commercial and industrial buildings during the 18th and 19th centuries.|
|Week 12:||Looking beyond the West: Architecture of India and Southeast Asia|
|Week 13:||Looking beyond the West: Architecture of China and Japan|
|Week 14:||20th Century Architecture: The development of steel and concrete building techniques resulting in new and innovative building types in Europe and the United States.|
|Week 15:||Chicago Architecture: The development of the Chicago and Prairie School of Architecture from the late 19th century to the present.|
|Week 16:||Presentation of student projects|
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Examples of requirements:
Attendance and participation
Essays, research papers, and/or journals (including standards for written work)
Special policies about make-up exams, late papers, or other matters of concern
IX. Instructional Materials
Texts: VARIES BY INSTRUCTOR
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Oral Presentation of a Final Project……………………10 points
Attendance and Participation…………………………..10 points
Grading Scale. 90% - 100% = A // 80% - 89% = B // 70% - 79% = C // 60% - 69% = D // below 60 = F
XI. Other Course Information
Email and website:
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.