Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: GRAP5299C

Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sue Robinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 65

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information to one’s own area of work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


1. Collect information on history and theory of design

Performance Criteria:


1.1.        Identify and access relevant sources of information on design history and theory

1.2.        Organise research material and findings for current or future use in design practice, in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


2. Apply information to own area of work

Performance Criteria:


2.1.        Evaluate information in the context of current design practice

2.2.  Assess ways in which aspects of information on design history and theory could be used or adapted to inform current practice

2.3.        Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work


3. Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Performance Criteria:


3.1.  Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of design trends and developments

3.2.        Incorporate and integrate knowledge into design activities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include

  • Lectures
  • Peer Assessment and Class presentations
  • Group Discussion
  • Analysis l critique of design periods
  • Teacher directed group activities l projects
  • Guest Speakers

Out of Class Activities

  • Online reseearch and tutorials
  • Gallery l Exhibition visits
  • Independent project based work
  • Students will attend a runway show at the Spring Fashion Festival.

Teaching Schedule



  • Overview  of course content and expectations.




  • "Art Deco" 
  • Exercise 1.




  • Assessment Task 1 (AT01) - Present.
  • "Street Art"
  • Submit Exercise 1.

Exhibition Visit



Directed Learning - OPEN DAY Prep



  • "How to research? Library presentation "


  • "The Fifties".
  • Submit Assessment Task 1.
  • Present Assessment Task 2 (AT02).

Directed Learning



               Attend Melbourne Spring Fashion Parade Show.                




Discussion Assessment Task 2.



Student Consultation and Feedback. 


Semester Break


Directed learning.



  • AT02 - Presentations.


  • AT02 - Presentations.


Exhibition Visit.

 16 Tutorials + Resubmissions

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers, resources and venues.  The teacher will keep you informed of any changes.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with the resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities.  You will have access to the library resources.

Students are required to have access to a computer, the internet and relevant and current hardware and software.

Assessment Tasks are submitted electronically and saved as a PDF.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
EXAMPLES may include
- Practical tasks, a major project.
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Please note: All Assessment tasks need to be completed before competency is achieved. A number of tasks will be formative to show your progress and development of skills and knowledge throughout the semester. The final task will be summative to provide a level of performance in addition to your competency.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. 

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.

Summative assessment tasks are graded.


  • Exercises

 Summative /100 (Equally weighted)

  • Assessment Task 1
  • Assessment Task  2

 Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

CHD  Competent with High Distinction

CDI   Competent with Distinction

CC   Competent with Credit

CAG  Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC   Not Yet Competent

DNS  Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7 (unresolved)

Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

Special Consideration Policy: (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.


Late Submission & Extensions

Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.

If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor.

Extension form link – Application for extension of time


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment.  Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made. Grades will be reduced by 10%, for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – and not graded. Submissions seven days or more late, should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided.
For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located e-submission

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n (unresolved)

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