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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

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:

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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 may include

  • Lectures
  • Peer assessment and class presentations.
  • Group discussion.
  • Analysis + critique of design periods
  • Teacher directed group activities + projects
  • Films + videos

Out of class activities may include

  • Online research and postings
  • Gallery and exhibition visits
  • Independent project based work


You will attend a Fashion Runway show as a formative activity for History.


Teaching Schedule

Semester 2 2017   History

Time: 3.00-5.00

Location: 94.02.011 (Building 94, Level 2, Room 11).

Note - The ground floor of building 94 is Level 2.







Overview of "Source and apply information on the history and theory of design".  On your timetable this course is History.

Discuss course expectations and assessments.






How to research? 

Exercise 1 presented.





Medieval + Gothic

Assessment Task 1 (AT01) presented.

Exercise 1 due.




Exhibition Visit with Gallery Talk TBC.






Street Art.

Discussion and questions re AT01.

Exercise 2 presented.





The Fifties.

Discussion and questions re AT01.

Exercise 2 submitted.





Art Deco.

Assessment Task 2 (AT02) presented.










AT01 electronic submission.





Melbourne Spring Fashion Week - Runway Show 

TBC Tues l Wed l Thurs night





 Exhibition Visits - Exercise 3.






Directed Learning.





Eco Design.

Submit AT02.





AT02 - Peer Presentations.





AT02 - Peer Presentations.




Tutorials and Resubmissions.




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 via your student email or face to face in class.





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources.  The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Visual Merchandising Subject Guide

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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.  You will receive feedback from your teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. 

All assessment tasks must be submitted electronically.  Files must be saved as a PDF and clearly labelled.

e.g.   AT01_SamBlack_VMAC_17

Files must be submitted on the student submission drive, with a signed and dated submission form.  This will be explained in the first class.


This course has 2 summative assessment tasks.  Both are equally weighted.

Assessment Task 1 (AT01) - Design Periods, Windows + Styling /100.  (Individual Task)

You will research and analyse a selection of design /art periods and generate appropriate visual responses as a Visual Merchandiser. This assessment task also requires you to source and research locations for a fashion shoot.

Assessment Task 2 (AT02) - Design Presentation /100. (Group + Individual Task))

Groups will be allocated a topic and will present to the whole group.  This assessment task has peer + teacher assessment.


Once you have demonstrated competency you will receive a grade for the summative assessment tasks.

Graded Assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD      Competent with High Distinction

CDI       Competent with Distinction

CC        Competent with Credit

CAG      Competency Achieved

NYC      Not Yet Competent

DNS      Did Not Submit for Assessment

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment.  Employability skills are embedded in all course and these include planning, organising and self management.  For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

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

Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. For this course it is available through Program administration

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:



Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.

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.


Your learning experience involves lectures, active peer discussions,  inclass activities and formative exercises, and guest speakers.  It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

Assessment Feedback

You will receive verbal and written feedback by your teacher on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.;ID=qwxbqbq739rl1

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (e.g. applying for an extension of time)

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactory by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment.  RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an application for an extension of time.

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

Credit Transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC).

RCC applies only if you have previously demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.  Please refer to website. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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