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Syllabus: Global Housing Design


  1. 1. Course overview
  2. 2. Learning objectives
  3. 3. What we expect from you
  4. 4. What you can expect from us/the course team
  5. 5. Course structure
  6. 6. Resources
  7. 8. Licence

1.Course overview

Building adequate housing is a pressing issue worldwide. With close to a billion people currently living in slums, accommodating a growing population, and improving dwelling conditions is a critical issue for society.

This challenge cannot be solved with a one-size-fits-all approach. Every city, region and country demand their own housing models and prototypes. That’s why housing design needs to negotiate many aspects simultaneously to achieve sustainable urban environments and inclusive dwelling communities.

This course uncovers how social, economic and environmental factors are interrelated in the design of housing settlements. For this, the course dives into three key aspects that anyone involved in housing design should take into consideration: time, environment, and community. Each of these aspects will be examined through a specific design approach, respectively:

  • Incrementality: how dwelling environments should be able to accommodate growth and change through time.
  • Typology Mix: how design can be responsive to different patterns of inhabitation, aspirations and cultural backgrounds, creating inclusive dwelling environments.
  • Clustering: what methods and strategies can shape the association of dwelling units in order to create meaningful communities.

In this course, each of these themes will be discussed in detail and exemplified by a new analytical approach to award-winning housing projects developed in different geopolitical contexts. While each of these themes will examine aspects related to the design decision-making process, the course aims at addressing concerns that go beyond the design disciplines. Hence, regardless of background or level of expertise, this course will introduce learners to the core issues and challenges of global housing design, using examples from different regions.

This course has been developed by TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). It offers a unique combination of videos, documentation of key case studies, animations, and feedback sessions. We will discuss options for affordable housing design, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. We will take you through the intricacies of designing “housing for the large number”, as well as inspire you to understand your own context and the housing challenges you might be facing.

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2. Learning objectives

So, what will you actually learn in this course? At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify social practices and spatial configurations that determine the qualities of existing dwelling communities.
  • Understand how incrementality, typology mix and clustering can become key design approaches in enhancing the living conditions of urban communities.
  • Recognize design approaches that can contribute to the development of adequate housing neighbourhoods.
  • Compare the characteristics of housing schemes designed by different architects taking account of different social, political and geographical contexts.
  • Evaluate the performance of dwelling communities taking into consideration the relation between social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Formulate a design hypothesis and/or a managerial strategy to develop an inclusive dwelling community based on incrementality, typology mix and clustering.

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3. What we expect from you

As an online student, we expect you to be an active participant in this course by contributing to a positive atmosphere. We want you to question, share and help others by engaging in meaningful discussions.

Regarding deadlines, we expect you to keep on track in order to benefit from learning within a community. This course is meant to be a place where you learn with and from others. In this sense, we would like you to experience collaboration and peer-feedback, so please make sure you follow along with other participants in order to enrich the overall learning experience.

You are expected to follow forumand collaboration guidelines. Respect the course policies, academic integrity and most importantly your fellow students.

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4. What you can expect from us / the course team

A course moderator will be active throughout the course, promoting and engaging in discussions in the forums and in Sketchdrive. However, as this is a self-paced MOOC, we will not be present as often as as we would in an instructor-paced run. We encourage you to support your peers, and share and discuss your experiences with each other.

The course moderator will try to respond to all your questions and posts within 72 hours. But if you can help your colleagues by answering their questions before then, please do.

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5. Course structure

The course is organised thematically and consists ofsix modules spread over six weeks.A brief summary of each module is presented below.

Module 1 - Getting started

The course begins with an introduction to the main design themes, course structure and some other more practical matters. This week also provides opportunities for you to introduce yourself to all the other participants. In the following weeks, the themes will be discussed in detail and exemplified by a new analytical approach to housing projects that have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and that were developed in the 1970s and 1980s, a period of intense advancement in housing design and theory.

The following three modules present the three themes that we consider essential for the design of adequate mass housing. Each of these thematic modules covers one design theme and contains video lectures, animations, a few quizzes and a homework assignment.

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Module 2 - Incrementality

This module focuses on incrementality. We will discuss how housing can be designed to accommodate growth and change through time. This approach to housing design has been widely discussed and debated over the last century, and it is usually associated with a period of resource scarcity and economic austerity.

The Indian architect, B.V. Doshi’s Aranya Low-Cost Housing project in Indore is a very good example of allowing people to build and mould their own houses, and best demonstrates his ideas for low-income housing and incrementality – that architecture must allow for growth and change. Designed for a population of about 60,000 people across some 85 hectares, Aranya, today, has grown to resemble a typical Indian town where narrow streets are shaded by a variety of houses, ranging from ground story dwellings to even three-floor high urban townhouses.

Module 3 - Typology Mix

This module will discuss the importance of creating a typology mix in housing settlements. This design approach will be discussed through a close look to Shushtar New Town, a project designed by the Iranian architect, Kamran Diba.

Shushtar was designed to house 30,000 industrial workers along the principles of traditional urban patterns typically found in old Iranian towns and cities. In this project, an interwoven urban fabric built in (mud) brick construction houses a diverse set of dwelling types that at the same time are carefully orchestrated in a master plan consisting of gardens, paved squares, covered and shaded resting places, arcades and bazaars.

Module 4 - Clustering

This module focuses on clustering as a design strategy to create meaningful communities. We will study in-depth the Dar Lamane Housing project in Casablanca, Morocco.

We will analyse how this low-income residential community built for 25,000 people, and consisting of over 4,000 units, makes use of an ingenious clustering of four-and five-story apartment blocks, organized around a large central square in which the mosque, markets and festival hall are located.

Modules 5 -Global Perspectives

In this module we will expand our discussion on incrementality, typology mix and clustering. After discussing in detail how each of these design strategies were implemented in a particular case study, in this module we will review how the same strategy was developed in different geopolitical contexts. In this module we will also include lectures that relate the themes of this course with broader societal themesaddressed in the United Nations'Sustainable Development Goals.

Module 6 - Final Assignment and Review

In this module we will review the themes of the course and invite you to work on the final assignment.

The final assignment is meant for you to develop a critical stance towards the housing challenges in your own context, using the design strategies, theories and tools presented during the course.

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6. Resources

Across the six weeks, you will be exposed to the following material:

Introduction videos

  • Video that introduces the relevance of design to address the global crisis of provision of adequate, affordable and inclusive housing.
  • Videos that “unpack” each of the themes addressed in the course, and its importance as a key ingredient while designing and planning for affordable housing.
  • Videos for each of the three case studies, proving background information on the selected project.
  • Videosthatreview a number of projects from around the world that relate to the themes in question, and thereby provide a more global perspective to each theme.

Animation videos

In modules 2, 3, and 4 (the thematic modules) we will show video animations that use a multi-scalar analytical approach to examine the three case studies selected to illustrate each theme of the module. This analytical approach will navigate from the ‘dwelling ‘ (private space) to the ‘cluster’ (semi-private space), to the ‘neighbourhood’ (semi-public space) to finally, the ‘township’ (public space). Analyzing the three selectedcasesat four different scales helps in generating a matrix that can then serve as a tool for performing comparative research. Participants can then use this methodology for their own personal assignments.


These are meant for you to judge your own understanding of the topic.

Guest videos

In module 5 (Global Perspectives) wewill alsoshow additional videosto expand the perspective on the three themes discussed in this course.


Assignments will help you understand the main concepts and stimulate you to explore them in your local context through practical exercises.

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7. Assessment & Certificate

To pass the course, participants will need to score at least 60%. The table below shows the percentage allocated to each assignment.

Module 1 – Getting started

Module 2 – Incrementality

Module 3 – Typology Mix

Module 4 – Clustering

Module 5 – Global Perspectives

Module 6 –Final Assignment

Assignment (%)

The state of housing worldwide (10%)

Urban detective (10%)

What's my Type? (10%)

Cluster City (10%)

Housing Design and the SDGs (10%)

Final Assignment (50%)

While all learners will have the opportunity to do each of the assignments, only verified participants have access to self-review their work and receive a score.

Upgrade to a Verified Certificate gives you:

  • a certificate if you successfully completed the course;
  • access to graded assignments;
  • access to the archived course after the end date.

These certificates will indicate you have successfully completed the course, but will not include a specific grade. Certificates will be issued by edX under the name of DelftX, designating the institution from which the course originated.

Do you need financial assistance? EdX offers up to a 90% discount on our verified certificates to learners who cannot afford to pay full price. Check the edX support page for financial assistance.

Generating an ID verified certificate

Verified certificates will be issued a few days after the end of the course, to verified participants who successfully completed the course. Certificates can be downloaded from your Student Dashboard (look for the Download button next to the name of our course). An ID verified Certificate of Achievement is available for $99. You can Upgrade on your edX Dashboard to Verified during the course. Once produced, a certificate cannot be reissued, hence it is very important that you verify the way in which your name appears. Check that, in your account, your name is correctly spelled, since it will appear on the final certificate.

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8. License

Delft University of Technology holds the copyright to all DelftX courses, including Global Housing Design.Unless otherwise stated, the course materials of this MOOC are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License. For licensing purposes, "course materials" are defined as the syllabus, learning objectives, unit descriptions and explanations, videos and the framing text that accompanies resources curated from third parties. That excludes the third party resources themselves, forum discussions, quizzes, exercises and all forms of assessment.

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What is syllabus and example? ›

A syllabus is your guide to a course and what will be expected of you over the course of the quarter. Generally it will include course policies, rules and regulations, required texts, and a schedule of assignments.

What makes a good syllabus? ›

A syllabus should make the rules for the course clear. It should set forth what is expected to happen during the semester, delineate the responsibilities of students and of the instructor, and describe appropriate procedures and course policies.

How to write a syllabus? ›

How Do You Create a Syllabus?
  1. List your class's name and official course code (if applicable)
  2. Fill in basic course information.
  3. Create a course goal.
  4. Note and describe who you are.
  5. Note all needed materials.
  6. Create a class calendar.
  7. Note any policies that differ from school policies.
  8. Note grading systems, scales, and curves.
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A syllabus is a document that outlines all the essential information about a college course. It lists the topics you will study, as well as the due dates of any coursework including tests, quizzes, or exams. Your professors will give you a syllabus for each of your college classes.

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The task-based, skill-based and content-based types of syllabus are included in it. Task-Based Syllabus: This syllabus is designed when the purpose is to complete some complex and meaningful tasks.

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  2. Be patient you would still make it. ...
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syllabus is based on the perspective of skills independent of the situation (derived from. the knowledge of the use of language through LSRW skills); the task-based syllabus is. based on the perspective of performing tasks and activities (derived from the.

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The optimal period of continuous study is 2 hours. Each period of 2 hours can again be broken down into slots of 25 minutes of solid studying followed by 5 minutes of break. If you need to continue studying, take longer breaks of around 20 minutes after every 2 hours.

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A syllabus lets students know what the course is about, why the course is taught, where it is going, and what will be required for them to be successful in the course (Altman & Cashin, 2003).

What are the 3 key components to a syllabus that are most important? ›

Basic components of a syllabus:

Provide contact information for instructor. List office hours (including virtual office hours, if appropriate) State the current academic term. Include the titles and authors of required textbooks, articles, websites, etc.

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Any syllabus is a plan of what is to be achieved through teaching and learning. It is part of an overall language curriculum or course which is made up of four elements: aims, content, methodology and evaluation.

What is a syllabus simple? ›

A syllabus a requisite document for teaching in that it serves to outline the basic elements of a course including what topics will be covered, a weekly schedule, and a list of tests, assignments, and their associated weightings.

How long should a syllabus be? ›

Deans recommends a two-page limit to dispense the essentials. Many faculty members share this sentiment. John Streamas (2013) recounts his best course with a syllabus only a half-page long.

Why is it called a syllabus? ›

"Syllabus" is a word whose etymology from the Latin means "label on a book." The contemporary meaning of the word is something to the offect of "summary outline of a course of study. " A course syllabus is to a great extent a contract between a student and a teacher.

How can I get answer in exam? ›

Strategies for answering exam and test questions
  1. Read through the options and try to eliminate the ones that aren't right. ...
  2. Don't struggle over a question. ...
  3. Answer all the questions. ...
  4. When you check back through your paper and think an answer is wrong - change the answer.

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Can a professor change the syllabus? ›

These modifications are acceptable as long as they are done with the consent of students or communicated to them in writing, just like any other contract. Major changes, on the other hand, force students into a learning environment that they didn't sign up for.

What are the main types of syllabus? ›

  • The Structural Syllabus. The structural or grammatical syllabus is doubtless the most familiar of syllabus types. ...
  • The Notional/Functional Syllabus. ...
  • Situational Syllabi. ...
  • Skill-Based Syllabi. ...
  • The Task-Based Syllabus. ...
  • The Content-Based Syllabus.

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Situational Syllabus Both Situational Syllabus and Notional Syllabus are types of semantic syllabus.

Which type of syllabus is best? ›

CBSE is a national level Education Board that is recognised by the Indian government. Most of the competitive exams like JEE, NEET are based on the syllabus of the CBSE Board. The CBSE Board syllabus is far easier compared to ICSE.

Is it good to study all night before an exam? ›

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Ideally, studying should start at least five days in advance of the exam to allow students an ample amount of time to go over course concepts and materials, and reach out to their instructor or peers if they find they have any questions.

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With discipline and focus, you can still succeed on your exam with only one day to prepare. While it is always best to prepare for a test at least a week in advance, sometimes life gets in the way. There are a few ways to guarantee your best performance on your test with only one day to study.

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Exam preparation tips for students that will help them to complete the syllabus in a short time. Divide your study period in 2 hours each. Take a break of 15-20 minutes after every 2 hours of long studying. When taking a break from studying keep your mind free from any exam-related thoughts and stress.

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  1. Set a Study Schedule as per the priority – Now you need to set priority for the important chapters as per the number of questions, marks weightage and difficulty level.
  2. Make points while studying – When you start your preparation, read the topic which you need to learn, and then make pointer sentences to learn easily.
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How can I cover a lot of syllabus in short time? ›

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  4. Sleep rejuvenates. ...
  5. Prepare a Timetable. ...
  6. Proper study location. ...
  7. Prepare short notes/flashcards. ...
  8. Prepare Mnemonics.

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A curriculum is a set of courses and contents offered in an educational institution. A syllabus is a descriptive list of subjects to be taught in a class. The curriculum contains course content, objectives, methodologies, etc. The syllabus contains a list of topics to cover, details about assignments, assessments, etc.

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Serving as a learning tool
  • Planning and self-management skills.
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The four are: Personality, Presence, Preparation, and Passion. Within personality he stated that one should be approachable, professional, funny yet demanding, and comfortable/natural.

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A syllabus (/ˈsɪləbəs/, AFI: /ˈsɪl. ə. bəs/; plural: "syllabuses", "syllabi") or specification, is a document that communicates information about an academic course or class and defines expectations and responsibilities. It is generally an overview or summary of the curriculum.

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1. The professor handed out a syllabus to the class so he wouldn't have to explain all of the lessons for the year to them. 2. A class syllabus usually includes dates for major exams and quizzes for the entire semester.

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Make a timetable, give few hours daily to each core subject. Read up the english/any language you have book at night or when you are tired and don't feel like studying. Whatever you study now, make notes of it, so you can revise later.

Do professors make the syllabus? ›

Syllabi are often created by the professors, and consist of their interests, goals, and expectations, but Blinne creates her classes “with learners, not for them”. Allowing students to negotiate certain details or give feedback gives the professor a chance to learn how they can better educate their future students.

How many pages is a syllabus? ›

A syllabus is: A short document about the class created by your instructor. Usually under 10 pages in length.

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synonyms for syllabus
  • curriculum.
  • synopsis.
  • capitulation.
  • conspectus.
  • outline.
  • program.
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  • rundown.

What are the 6 types of syllabus? ›

In language teaching contexts, there are six types of language syllabus: grammar syllabus, situational syllabus, notional syllabus, task-based syllabus, skill-based syllabus and content- based syllabus.

What is a syllabus simple definition? ›

A syllabus a requisite document for teaching in that it serves to outline the basic elements of a course including what topics will be covered, a weekly schedule, and a list of tests, assignments, and their associated weightings.

What are the four types of syllabus? ›

  • The Structural Syllabus. The structural or grammatical syllabus is doubtless the most familiar of syllabus types. ...
  • The Notional/Functional Syllabus. ...
  • Situational Syllabi. ...
  • Skill-Based Syllabi. ...
  • The Task-Based Syllabus. ...
  • The Content-Based Syllabus.

What is a syllabus and why is it important? ›

A syllabus lets students know what the course is about, why the course is taught, where it is going, and what will be required for them to be successful in the course (Altman & Cashin, 2003).

What is the synonym of syllabus? ›

Synonyms of 'syllabus' in British English

I'll shortly be beginning a course on the modern novel. curriculum. educational programme. programme of study. course outline.

What are the two types of syllabus? ›

There are two major types of syllabuses, product-oriented syllabus and process-oriented syllabus. A good and valid syllabus is that covers more or less all aspects of both these types, therefore, proper and appropriate implementation of syllabus in language teaching is undeniable.

What is the objective of syllabus? ›

→ The syllabus is a course-planning tool. It helps the instructor prepare and organize the course. → It describes the course goals; explains the course structure and assignments, exams, review sessions, and other activities required for students to learn the material.

What is the element of syllabus? ›

Both face-to-face and online syllabi should include instructor information, course description, course objectives (or course outcomes), course methodology, grading criteria, grade computation and course policies.

What is syllabus in teaching? ›

A syllabus is provided to students at the beginning of the study process as a detailed outline of everything they will learn and submit within the subject. That's a convenient way to introduce the load and schedule of activities to students.


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