Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: GRAP6343C

Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9988

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dale Nason

Nominal Hours: 30

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

None required.

Course Description

While undertaking this course you will develop and extend skills needed to be a practising graphic designer. You will continually refine, develop and evaluate your own conceptual and technical skills, incorporating research, experimentation and collaboration as key factors in this process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice


1 Acquire and develop technical skills

Performance Criteria:

■■Plan strategies to ensure the development of appropriate technical skills in design practice

■■Plan and use opportunities to develop and assess technical skills

■■ Identify and use practice, feedback, discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve technical skills

■■Develop and extend technical skills through testing capabilities of materials, tools and equipment

■■ Identify and use relevant media to stimulate technical and professional development


2 Develop conceptual skills and ideas

Performance Criteria:

■■Engage in ongoing experimentation and exploration of different ideas and techniques

■■Discuss ideas with others and apply knowledge gained to inform own work

■■Use work practice to gain experience in a range of genres and interpretations

■■Study the work of others to stimulate conceptual and technical skills development

■■Research and share ideas across a range of design disciplines

■■ Identify and use a range of opportunities to develop own skills and keep informed about current design practice


3 Develop own voice

Performance Criteria:

■■Explore and experiment with new ideas in making and/or interpreting design work

■■Explore and use technology, where appropriate, to develop own voice and expand practice

■■Demonstrate own voice through design project realisation


4 Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

■■Seek and apply constructive criticism from others to improve own work

■■Evaluate own work against planned strategy for own practice

■■Evaluate own work in the context of work by others in order to extend own practice

■■Adjust work processes and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes creative collaboration and refinement during the design process


5 Research work opportunities

Performance Criteria:

■■Correctly identify sources of information relating to work opportunities for designers

■■ Identify networks and promotional opportunities for designers which may be helpful in developing career opportunities

■■ Incorporate research results and information into own work and career planning

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place online / remotely, & in a studio space at your location that includes an online computer, using industry standard tools and resources.
You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

Please note: This course is normally provided on campus with RMIT resources, and due to the Covid19 crisis is temporarily held online / remotely.

In session activities will include:
• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• feedback and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• student project workshops, including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of session activities will include:
• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• studio practice
• review & revision

Teaching Schedule

This course, GRAP6343C (BSBDES403) - Develop and extend design skills and practice - is delivered in combination with GEDU6116C (BSBCRT501) - Originate and develop concepts. The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined unit.

There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).

Please note: While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment.  Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.


Topics & Activities Feedback & Assessment Learning Elements
Learning Elements

Week 1

Design Project:
Project discussion, theme development & team development

Assessments AT #1, 2 & 3: Presented & discussed

Publication Practice: Concept #1 (Media mash-up) workshop
  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 2 Design Project:
Theme and Crowd Funding project development

AT #1: Quiz group tutorial

Publication Practice: Concept #2 (Concertina Foldout) workshop
Publication Practice: Concept #3 (Ox Plough Booklet) workshop
   1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 3
Design Project: Team Development - Review & Feedback

Publication Practice: Concept #4 (Stab bound book part 1) workshop
Feedback  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 4
Design Project: Team Development

Publication Practice: Concept #4 (Stab bound book part 2) workshop
Publication Practice: Concept #5 (Font) workshop

Feedback and discussion: Concepts 1-5
Feedback  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 5
Design Project: Team Development

Publication Practice: Concept #6 (Spreads V1) workshop

AT #2:
Portfolio Development: documentation of 1 - 5
AT #2

- Documentation
- Portfolio dev.
 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 6
Design Project: Development

AT #1: progress review & feedback

AT #3: presentation development

Publication Practice: Concept #6 (Spreads V1) DUE
Design Project
Page Spreads Version #1 Due

 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 7
Design Project: Publication Crowd Funding group & individual

AT #3:
presentation delivery & feedback
AT #3
presentation & feedback
 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 8
Design Project: Publication Crowd Funding group & individual

AT #1: Feedback & submissions open

Publication Practice: Concept #7 (Spreads V2) DUE
AT #1

Design Project
Page Spreads Version #2 Due
 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 9 Design Project: Crowd Funding project GO LIVE

Publication Practice: Concept #8 (Spreads FINAL) workshop
'Go Live'
Online group project submission
 1 - 5 1 - 4 
Week 10 Design Project: Review & Development & Marketing Push

Portfolio Development: documentation of Concepts & feedback
Feedback  1 - 5  1 - 4
BREAK  *** Semester Break ***      
Week 11 Design Project: Publication content development

FINAL layouts due
Design Project
Final spreads due
 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 12 Design Project:
Publication content development.
Editorial development, content finalization.
   1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 13 Design Project: Print & Book construction towards final outcomes.   1 - 5  1 - 4 
Week 14 Design Project:Project realization & completion.    1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 15 AT #1 #2 & #3: review .
Assessment Task development. Final documentation session. Final critical feedback.
 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 16 AT #1 #2 & #3: Final Submissions DUE.

Design Project: Display of book outcomes and discussion
AT#1 #2 & #3 DUE
Display & Review
 1 - 5 1 - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Among the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students.

RMIT Library has produced the following:

• subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
• guides on academic referencing
• subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises. The assessment tasks are:
Design project briefs 

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this clustered unit provide opportunity to achieve competency in all required assessment criteria. This is clustered unit is competency based assessment.

Please note: Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

Critical Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both, and is given during the Design Project and its components with an aim to provide you the best opportunity to create work of a high standard. Student expectations of the quality of work outcomes should be discussed with the teacher to maximize the opportunity to achieve the desired outcomes.

This course has 3 Assessment Tasks. ALL 3 must be completed & submitted.
You are required to demonstrate all assessment criteria to a satisfactory standard to achieve Competency.
Note: These three 3 Assessment Tasks are delivered via a major Design Project.

Assessment Tasks
Assessment Task 1: Quiz
Week 8 submissions open
Week 16 final submission

Assessment Task 2: Portfolio
Week 16

Assessment Task 3: Presentation
Week 7 in class presentation
Week 16 final submission

Outcomes available from these assessments:

CA Competency Achieved 
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback - 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

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

Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions
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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration 
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. Further links - 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 competency assessment. 
Submissions that are assessed as Not Satisfactory can be re-submitted once and this is only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.

Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Submission cover sheet

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
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