Course Title: Design Futures Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Futures Research Project

Credit Points: 24

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Marius Foley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1252

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2627 Research Methods in Design and Digital Media.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: Credit at RMIT

Course Description

Pulling your learning together and developing a position

This is the capstone project for the Master of Design Futures.

In this course you will undertake an individual research investigation under the guidance of a topic specialist supervisor. The focus of this project should relate to your area of interest or passion. The project may span from the applied to the poetic as it relates to a future design practice. Where appropriate and possible this may be an embedded research project in an industry sector.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for MC245 Master of Design Futures. This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically discuss how communication, media and design contribute to experience centered strategy and leadership.
  • Apply advanced design skills to engage stakeholders, frame ill-defined problems, and create innovative solutions.
  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice and discipline.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the field of design.
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others.
  • Use appropriate research methods to design and execute substantial projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge area.
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary media and communication arena.

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

  • Interrogate and critically discuss the literature and major works related to international professional practice in your area.
  • Conduct research based on project plans that address stated research questions, methods and audiences.
  • Solve research problems and critically analyse findings in relation to scholarly and industry needs - both local and international.
  • Present findings that situate your work in the field to inform future professional practice and research.
  • Critically reflect on your personal and professional learning and develop strategies to implement this learning in professional practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of online activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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.

The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

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 presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment