Course Title: Interpret and respond to a brief

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5233 Diploma of Product Design

Course Title: Interpret and respond to a brief

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 15

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Contact: Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret and respond to a brief through the production of work. As such the unit is holistic in nature and focuses on the overall work process to meet the requirements of a brief. This unit is required wherever work is prescribed by a commissioning agent/client. People working in many industries require the skills and knowledge in this unit, and the
unit is written to allow for contextualisation to a particular industry context. The work would usually be carried out independently, although guidance would be available if required.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDES05A Interpret and respond to a brief


1.  Interpret the brief

2.  Develop and refine the design concept

3.  Liaise with client

4.  Plan the production of the work

5.  Complete the production of the work

Learning Outcomes

Skills and knowledge required to interpret and respond to a brief through the production of work.

Overview of Assessment

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit:
   • interpretation of and response to a brief to produce work which complies to the parameters of the brief

The assessment context must provide for:
   • practical demonstration of skills through the design and production of work which responds to a brief
   • interaction with others to reflect the communication and collaboration aspects of this unit
   • presence of time constraints that reflect industry practice and standards

Assessment must include evidence of the following knowledge and skills:
• terminology used in a brief
• the format of a brief typically used in the relevant sector
• a range of documentation methods relevant to the sector of work
• a range of communication skills in relation to the client liaison process
• copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation and their relevance to the design industry
• literacy skills sufficient to interpret a brief and to source and evaluate information pertinent to the brief