VAFW138 Table Systems

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW138 Table Systems
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFW100 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five (5) hours outside of class each week in the woodshop area under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This studio course focuses on table design and construction. Students study classical and contemporary shapes and employ construction techniques. Students explore the relationship of structural issues and design.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of a variety of table construction techniques;
    2. design a functional table;
    3. employ historical and contemporary solutions to table design;
    4. build a structurally sound table; and
    5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentation, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. create sample table joinery
    2. design a chair that is structural and functional
    3. build a mock-up
    4. construct a table
    5. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based upon successful design, execution, and completion of assigned woodworking projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Instructor selected reference text. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 2/05; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015