Course Title: Design for Sustainability Studio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design for Sustainability Studio

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP1032

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

GRAP1032

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. Areli Avendano Franco

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9890

Course Coordinator Email: areli.avendano@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 100.5.Southend

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

 

The Design for Sustainability 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 sustainably oriented design project and learn ways to deal with the complex issues of sustainability that arise from the design, production, use and end of life of products. You will be introduced to and undertake ways of researching and reporting the environmental and social impacts of your design decisions via: methods such as Life Cycle Thinking; eco design strategies including product and process autopsies and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); and, the design of sustainable and integrated product-service-systems. In undertaking these projects you will learn an iterative design development process through research, concept development, sketch modelling, and various methods of design visualisation. Your design projects will culminate in detailed CAID and project documentation and will be prototyped via digital and manual processes.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

- approach complex issues of the social and environmental implications of industrial design decisions in and analytical and robust manner

- propose through design innovative and less impactful 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 and environmental 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


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


Overview of Learning Activities

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.

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.


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/industrialdesign.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