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STUDENT PERFORMANCE in ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SUBJECTS

of the UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS

A Research

Submitted by:
Arch. Virgilio E. Villanda, MS Arch
Arch. Nicanor K. Latogan, MS Arch
Arch. Robert V. Romero, MA EHP

September 2008

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The researchers are indebted to the significant people who for sometime have
been very supportive in the completion of this research study:
UC CEA Dean Engr. Alec Mapalo, for productive suggestions in forming the
conceptual study;
UC Research Director Dr. Hilario, for constructive criticisms and advises to
complete this study;
CEA Research Team Leader, Engr. Benhur Quesada for the motivation;
UC Registrar and staff for giving us access to the much needed student records;
CEA office staff: Mariz, Jennifer, Bryan, and Jumar, for patiently helping us in the
documentation of this research and;
Students of architecture enrolled in 3rd Trimester 2000-07 and 1st Trimester 200708 for cooperation and much needed participation in the survey.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page
TITLE PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

iii

LIST OF TABLES
LIST OF FIGURES
LIST OF PHOTOS
CHAPTER
I.

II.

INTRODUCTION
Background of the Study

Conceptual Framework

Research Paradigm

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Statement of the Problem

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RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Research Design and Methodology

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Locale and Population of Study

17

Data Gathering Tool

18

Data Gathering Procedure

18

Treatment of Data

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III.

PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF FINDINGS


The perception of the students in architectural design subjects on the:
a. instructors provision and discussion of the course description,
objectives
b. level of architectural design problems given by instructors

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The Status of the Students as to:


a. Preferred Time Schedule for the Subjects

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b. Perception on the degree of completion requirements and


completion period

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The Status of the Students Performance as to:


a. Frequency and Percentage of Failing the Subject

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b. Frequency and Percentage of Students Dropping the Subject

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c. Frequency and Percentage of Students Obtaining Incomplete


Grades in the Subject

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The Status of the Architectural Design Subjects as to:


a. Availability of Facilities for the Subjects with Reference to
the Policies, Standards, and Guidelines for the BS Architecture
Program
b. perception of the students on the adequacy of the facilities

IV.

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FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


Summary

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Summary of Findings

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Conclusions

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Recommendations

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

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APPENDICES
Appendix A Sample Questionnaire

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Appendix B Existing Design Classrooms

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Appendix C Transmittal

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LIST OF TABLES
Table No.
1

Title

Page

Course Description, Objectives, and Outline of Architectural


Design Subjects

Sample Respondents by Year level

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Percentage Distribution Students Responses on the


Instructors Discussion of Course Objectives and Outline in
relation to the Architectural Design Activities and Requirements
of the Subject.

23

Percentage Distribution of Student Responses whether the


Architectural Design Problems given to them were within their
year level.

5.

Year Level Percentage Distribution on Time Preference of


Architectural Design Class.

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Percentage Distribution of Incomplete Grades Obtained by


Students According to their Year Level

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Percentage Distribution on the Responses of Architecture


Students on the Attainability and Completion Period of
Requirements

26

Attainability and Completion Period of Requirements as Perceived


by the Architecture Students

26

Design Subjects Commonly Failed by the Students

29

10

Design Subjects Commonly Dropped by the Students

32

11

Design Subjects Commonly Obtained Incomplete by the


Students

12

Capacity, Room Area, and Net Ratio of UC Architecture


Design and Studio Rooms

13

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Comparative Design and Studio Requirements between


Policies, Standards, and Guidelines for BS in Architecture and
University of the Cordilleras (UC), Department of Architecture

14

Allowable and Computed Level of Illumination of Architecture


Drafting and Studio Rooms.

15

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Allowable and Computed Level of Sound Absorption of


Architecture Drafting and Studio Rooms.

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Year Level Responses on the Existing Facilities of the School


in relation to Drafting Tables, Lighting, and Room Area to
Perform their Activity in Architectural Design Subject.

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LIST OF FIGURES
Figure No.

Title

Research Paradigm

Percentage of Students in a Commonly Failed Regular


Architectural Design Subjects

3.

15

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Percentage of Students in a Commonly Dropped


Architectural Design Subject

4.

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Percentage of Students Commonly Obtaining Incomplete in


Architectural Design Subjects

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LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Photo No.

Title

page

Drafting Tables and Stools used in Studio Room S-322

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Inclining Drafting Tables in Studio Room S-415

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View Showing the Flexibility of Inclining


Drafting Tables in S 415

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