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The increased recognition of the complex, dynamic, interdisciplinary and multi-purpose nature of workspaces, calls for a deeper and more critical understanding of workspace design evaluation. There is increasing evidence of the effects of workspace design on worker satisfaction, health, productivity and performance. While, workspace evaluation approaches and tools exist, workforce engagement in existing evaluation approaches is limited, and utilisation of evaluation findings in workspace design decision making are variable. The subject content draws upon the fields of architectural design, environmental design, environmental psychology, work environments, and health program evaluation.
This Intensive Subject will run over 4 days over an 8 week period to enable students time between each Day to build new knowledge and skills and to complete assessments as required.
To optimise student experiential learning opportunities the subject adopts a modified flipped classroom approach, where: 1) students prior to lectures view and reflect upon videos on key current debates on Workspace Design Evaluation by workspace design academics, practitioners and users and 2) students engage and experience subject content within external site-based tutorials focussed on ‘What makes collaborative workspaces work?’ providing real-world insights into workspace evaluation designers and users. Exemplars of multi-purpose workspaces and their workforces will be studied from settings such as acute care, aged care and academic settings.
This interdisciplinary Intensive subject is led and coordinated by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. It will be available to graduates undertaking non-design and design courses to build their skills and knowledge to plan, design, conduct and utilise workspace design evaluation approaches in diverse multi-purpose workspace settings.
Intended learning outcomes
- On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Define the purposes of workspace design evaluation in diverse work contexts.
- Describe the theoretical and methodological bases used in evaluating workspace designs.
- Critically analyse and review traditional and non-traditional workspace design evaluation approaches and methods.
- Synthesise the strengths and limitations of workspace design evaluation for decision-making in a range of work contexts.
- Apply knowledge and skills to develop workspace design evaluation plan in diverse work contexts.
- Academic writing
- Working in Groups
- Research skills
- Critical Thinking
- Global citizens
Last updated: 11 February 2021