Academic year: 2007-2008

Local Key1SSHLS3UBW Hemis KeyU00000 Base Key3644
Credit Points10 Lecturer*To Be Advised CoordinatorDr Valda Bunker
Delivery ModeCampus - Semesterised Release StatusA Materials 
Normal Level3 Notional Study Hours100 Standard Hours24
Scheduled Activities  Min Student Numbers  Max Student Numbers0
Prereq NamedNone Postreq NamedNone Coreq NamedNone
Excluded CombinationsNone DependanciesNone Prereq StatementNone
Ass Weight Exam50 Ass Weight Con50 Ass Weight Other 




To develop diving techniques in relation to specialist technological practices and underwater group working 
To explore the potential of the aquatic environment for the creation of unusual and interesting artefacts 
To enable students to develop an appreciation of the application of Straw’s Law to flexible underwater structures 
To develop group working and collaborative skills 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able, at threshold level, to:

Interpret, analyse and explain data and information relating to Health and Safety, Basket Diving Protocol and Straw’s Law 
Evaluate the effects of an underwater environment on perception of colour and proportionality in general and standard shapes in particular 
Calculate and appraise data relating to deformation points of standard structures at various depths 
Select and employ a range of diving techniques appropriate for complex underwater manoeuvring including depth and direction changes 

Learning and Teaching Strategy

Formal lectures will provide theoretical underpinning for Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. Computer based basket shape simulation exercises will be held in the Diving Laboratory, these will be supplemented by group tutorials and support Learning Outcomes 1, 3 and 4. Practical sessions in the diving pool will support Learning Outcomes 4 and 5.

Overall Assessment Strategy

A one-hour unseen end of unit, multiple choice examination will enable Learning Outcome 1 to be demonstrated. A laboratory report equivalent to 2500 words will be submitted in week 9 and will require analysis of colour perception, proportionality and deformation issues and will test Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4. Formative feedback on the introduction will be available in tutorial sessions in weeks 4 and 5. Evidence of attendance at, and participation in, construction of a woven basket will demonstrate Learning Outcome 5. Grade criteria will enable the level of performance in the assessments to be determined.

Assessment Schedule and Strategy

Examination  50   
Coursework  50  A laboratory report equivalent to 2500 words 

Named awards using this unit

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Syllabus Outline

The topics covered in the unit will include:

Dip and weave diving techniques. Health and Safety considerations. The basket diving communication protocol (BDP): directionality in duo, tri and quatro variations; basic social conventions. Colour perceptions underwater (Black and White’s model). Theories of proportionality 1960 to present day. Straw’s Law as applied to underwater structures: right angle, acute, obtuse angle variations with degree of flexibility up to a standard 20% 

Work Plan


Indicative Reading

  Black, A. and White, B. (1998) Perceptions of Colour and Shape Underwater, Wiley., n/a, Y 
  Walvin, J., Black and White, Penguin, 1973, Y 





Level 3 Key Skills Opportunities

Key Skills CO3.1 3.4 Key Skills NO3.2 3.3 Key Skills IT 
Key Skills PS  Key Skills ILP  Key Skills WOC3.1 C3.2 C3.3

Administrative details

Owning Department*To Be Advised Programme Area*Not assigned as yet Owning InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth
Assessment Board*To Be Advised Responsible FHQATechnology Subject Group*No Subject Group Assigned
External Examiner*To Be Advised Programme Coord*To Be Advised University Cost Centre 
Effective Session2003/04 Withdrawn Date  Suspend Date 
Review Date2004-05-01 00:00:00 Major Release Date2003-05-01 00:00:00 Minor Release Date 





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