Course Title: Considering Design: Theory and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Considering Design: Theory and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Russell Bevers

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3029

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: city campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is a post-graduate offering in the School of Media and Communication. It assumes an undergraduate level degree program or equivalent has been completed prior to entry.

Course Description

This is an optional course in the Design Management major of the Master of Communication Design. This course will provide you with the opportunity to consider the broad application of design concepts. The role and potential of design will be explored in an interdisciplinary context and will include topics such as design futures and design in the current environment. Within the course the term ‘design’ will encompass design as process, design as thought and philosophy, and design as aesthetics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop the following program capabilities in this course:

1) solve problems and manage the design process for successful outcomes, both individually and as a collaborative interdisciplinary team member;

2) critically analyse and respond to sustainable, social, technological, historical and economic issues of the design industry;

3) assess your ongoing design practice as a reflective, professional practitioner with a global outlook; and

4) evaluate, discuss and apply theories of design to inform, underpin and shape your design practice.

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

1) investigate concepts of design and their application from aesthetics to thought process and resolution;

2) research and evaluate design systems and their application in global contexts;

3) interpret design philosophies and seek out new and advanced applications; and

4) examine and interrogate the interdisciplinary nature of design, in terms of the implications for communication design practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will either take a blended learning approach in its delivery with face to face lectures and tutorials and online resources or full online delivery with digital lectures, online discussion and independent research (see Part B for details). You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, group and online class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

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. Assessment will occur during the course and at the end of the course. Methods may include any combination of assessment tasks such as reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Specific dates will be negotiated with students at the beginning of the teaching period.