Meaning in Design (ICM322) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Meaning in Design ICM322 3 0 0 3 4
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language Turkish
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Bölüm Öğretim Elemanı
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The purpose of this course is to analyze effects created by the space and its components visually and functionally.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To understand the relationship of all components of the space.
  • To develop the design idea skills in interior design.
  • To examine different design approaches in the context of semiotics.
  • To develop analytical and critical thinking.
  • To improve design language skills for new designs.
Course Content Investigating meaning that arises from the form of the design language, researches the link between form and content; design, by taking the text as a visual indicator in the framework of concepts and theories of semiotics; development of image in the cultural similarities and differences in the space creation.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to the course To gain information about course content from source books
2 Definition and development of semiotics Reading related parts from source books.
3 Properties of the signs Reading related parts from source books.
4 The relationship between language and signs Reading related parts from source books.
5 Signification process Reading related parts from source books.
6 Visual culture and codes Reading related parts from source books.
7 Architectural paradigms / Giving presentation topics Reading related parts from source books.
8 Mid-term Mid-term Preparation
9 Semantic analysis of current examples of architecture Reading related parts from source books.
10 The relationship between design thinking and design process Reading related parts from source books.
11 Design language analysis Reading related parts from source books.
12 Design thinking and design language relations Reading related parts from source books.
13 Sample analysis - presentations Case studies
14 Sample analysis - presentations Case studies
15 Sample analysis - presentations Case studies
16 Final Exam Final Exam Preparation


Other Sources 1. Aydınlı, S. (1992). Mimarlıkta Görsel Analiz. İstanbul:İTÜ Mimarlık Fakültesi Baskı Atölyesi.
2. Erkman, F. (2005). Göstergebilime Giriş. İstanbul: Multilingual.
3. Jencks, C., Baird, G. (1970). Meaning in Architecture. London:Barrie & Jenkins.
4. Norberg-Schulz, C. (1993). Meaning in Western Architecture. New York: Rizzoli.
5. Preziosi , D. (1979). Architecture, Language and Meaning: The Origins of the Built World and Its Semiotic Organization. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
6. Psarra, S. (2009). Architecture and Narrative: The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning. Oxon: Routledge.
7. Roth, L. M. (2011). Mimarlığın Öyküsü. İstanbul: Kabalcı Yayınevi.
8. Zevi , B. (1994). The Modern Language Of Architecture. Cambridge: Da Capo Press.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 10
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation 1 20
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 4 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Reflecting Information into academic environment X
2 Theoretical, scientific, artistic, historical background/structure X
3 Social, environmental, sustainability principles X
4 Legal framework
5 Institutional and ethical values X
6 Capability to reflect theory into practice X
7 Capability to make research and interpret the results X
8 Capability to develop alternative solutions
9 Effective writing, drawing and presentation X
10 Capability to perform independent and interdisciplinary works X
11 Capable to criticize, produce counter thesis and synthesis
12 Life-long learning consciousness X
13 Foreign Language Use capability
14 Capable to use information technologies
15 Respect for ethical values, laws, human rights, environmental and cultural heritage X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 6 3 18
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 8 8
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 12 12
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 14 14
Total Workload 100