Course Title: User Centred Design Studio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: User Centred Design Studio

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP1031

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

GRAP1031

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Juan Sanin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2439

Course Coordinator Email: juan.sanin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 100.05.Southend

Course Coordinator Availability: by prior appointment (email)


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

The User Centered Design Studio introduces you to design studio practices and principles through a series of individual and team-based design projects. You will learn how to structure a design project, undertake an iterative design development process through co-design research, concept development, sketch modeling and various methods of design visualization. Your design projects will culminate in detailed drawn and CAID documentation and will be prototyped via digital and manual processes.
The studio will introduce you to ways of doing co-design based research and various ethnographic and qualitative research strategies including observations, evaluating user experiences, tasks and contextual conditions. Role-playing and scenario development will be used to develop ways of designing for the inclusion of diverse human conditions.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:
Apply analytical, critical, creative and strategic thinking to industrial design problems and research within complex and unfamiliar contexts and concerns
Collaborate with other specialists and key stakeholders on design problems on multi-disciplinary projects in diverse settings
Articulate complex design ideas to diverse audiences through an advanced and adaptable repertoire of communication strategies and technologies
Generate innovative approaches to design problems and solutions, with a criticality and openness to the perspectives and needs of others in a situation
Advocate through design practice the improvement of the conditions and wellbeing of people, cultural practices and environments
Reflect on own learning and the efficacy of design decisions made, adapting to needs and issues as they arise, and continuously seeking improvement
Demonstrate through practice-based design research an advanced knowledge of the socio-technical, environmental and economic eco-systems of industrial design both locally and globally


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
approach complex issues of the social implications of industrial design decisions on the ways people interact with technical artefacts and systems in an analytical and robust manner
propose through co-design design innovative alternatives to current products and practices
articulate your design ideas through a series of mediums including drawings, prototypes, public presentations and reports
critically analyse the role of design, and reflect on the implications of your own activities as a designer and consumer, in relation to the social imperatives of contemporary design practice
demonstrate creative and strategic design thinking through a rapid acquisition and application of specialist knowledge and skills within design studio projects


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include studio sessions where ideas are developed and documented through a variety of methods: prototyping ideas into material design artifacts within workshop environments; developing a practice of journaling design ideas; lectures and studio tutorials; peer review processes; and, independent design inquiry and critique.
The design studio format gives you the opportunity to explore and apply social, contextual and theoretical design issues in depth and through a variety of approaches, technical principles, real and simulated situations and practical constraints.

Delivered in a design studio format you will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course engages you in learning about design via an immersion into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices through design projects. These projects involve a range of planned learning experiences including: individual and group problem solving; sketch ideation and the iterative development of design concepts; making and prototyping for the purpose of further refining propositions, and presenting and reflecting on individual and collective learning processes.


Overview of Learning Resources

To effectively participate in coursework you are advised to procure (as a minimum) the following:
- Drawing Supplies including visual diaries, pens, pencils, markers and ancillary products and consumables.
- Prototyping Supplies including protective eye-ware, ear plugs, a dust jacket, closed toe or safety shoes a 150mm steel ruler, a high quality craft knife and ancillary products and consumables.
- Documentation Equipment including a digital camera and an audio recording device such as an MP3 player or mobile phone.
Additionally it is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.
Design project briefs, lecture notes and other study materials will be available online through the MyRMIT portal. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
You will have access to and will utilize the School of Architecture and Design Workshop facilities and access to computer labs with specialist software and printing facilities.
RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Industrial Design Students: www.lib.rmit.edu.au/guides/industrial-design.html
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is concerned with your ability to confidently and appropriately develop, apply and demonstrate a synthesis of theoretical and practical learning through design activities undertaken.
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include reports, visualisations, design concepts and prototypes, design project documentation and conduct, and presentations. Assessment tasks may be undertaken either individually or in teams.
Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.
Summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and may be delivered in a variety of forms including critique panels, audio or video recordings and written reports. Additionally you will receive ongoing formative feedback as you progress through the course from your lecturer and from your peers in view of continuous improvement and greater degrees of reflectivity on your own learning.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc