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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Building upon Design Fundamentals, this unit will extend students’ individual understanding of Design approaches, supporting the development of valuable personal practices to inform new proposals relevant to students’ interests and disciplines. Students will explore skills that support design insight and innovation and will refine bespoke approaches to the resolution of project-based problems and explorations.

Unit content

  • Plan and manage the design outcome from initial research and concept development to final resolution.
  • Design solutions and workflow 
  • Understanding of communication conventions
  • Design technology
  • Fulfilling briefs and assessment of design solutions
  • Speaking design from sketch to outcome

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Engage with the design process to plan and manage their design outcome from initial research and concept development to final resolution.
2 Construct design solutions utilising the media and processes expected in their specialisation.
3 Produce design solutions that demonstrate a clear understanding of communication conventions, but with an open attitude to inquiry and experimentation.
4 Identify and expertly use the technology appropriate for each design outcome.
5 Critically assess their design solutions in order to improve their final outcome.
6 Articulate an informed rationale for each communication design solution.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Engage with the design process to plan and manage their design outcome from initial research and concept development to final resolution.
    • GA3:
  2. Construct design solutions utilising the media and processes expected in their specialisation.
    • GA6:
  3. Produce design solutions that demonstrate a clear understanding of communication conventions, but with an open attitude to inquiry and experimentation.
    • GA1:
  4. Identify and expertly use the technology appropriate for each design outcome.
    • GA1:
  5. Critically assess their design solutions in order to improve their final outcome.
    • GA3:
  6. Articulate an informed rationale for each communication design solution.
    • GA6: