Course Title: Articulate, present and debate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: COMM7367C

Course Title: Articulate, present and debate ideas

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5382 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

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Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to articulate, present and debate ideas in a work or broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas


1. Analyse ideas for communication to others

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Distil key themes, messages and positions to aid in clarity of thought and presentation

1.2 Reflect on different ways of communicating ideas for different purposes and to different people

1.3 Identify the enabling skills and attributes of individuals who can effectively participate in discussions about ideas


2. Provoke response and reaction

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore and use different techniques to engage, fascinate and involve others in the process of communication and exchange

2.2 Explore the ways that storytelling can be used to communicate ideas

2.3 Create innovative approaches to different communication challenges

2.4 Be prepared to take risks in the way ideas are presented

2.5 Identify specific ways to provoke and encourage response in particular individuals or groups


3. Debate and discuss ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present and argue substantiated positions on ideas

3.2 Be open to critical analysis of own ideas and to the ideas of others

3.3 Identify and participate in conversations that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches and generate new ideas

3.4 Respond to questions about ideas with confidence and relevant information

3.5 Reflect on and appraise the views of others, and use to refine ideas and to embrace new ideas

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals who contribute and present ideas that may be complex in nature and may relate to new products, services, processes or creative works using a degree of risk taking and storytelling.

Details of Learning Activities

Presenting, justifying and debating your ideas are an essential part of maintaining your design influence in a project.This course will allow you to build analytical, research and presentation skills around work to help you develop your skills in presenting your ideas. You will be introduced to strategies that you can apply to your design practice.

This course will be delivered face to face and will be part of your mechanical/electrical design class on Thursday morning. There are 2 assessable tasks that you will undertake within the semester. Each task has a brief attached. One of the tasks will be a detailed discussion conducted through canvas on a supplied topic and the other will be linked to one of the projects in the mechanical/electrical course that you will participate in this semester.


Teaching Schedule

C5282 - Diploma of Product Design (national code: 22446VIC)Semester 1, 2020
COMM 7367C Articulate, present and debate ideas (national code: BSBCRT401) 
Semester 1 Schedule (V1_Dec 2019) 
Session Times: Thursday 9.30pm - 12.30pm, Instructor: Robin Blood (
WeekDateTopicProject Deliverables
220-February-2020Introduction to the course
Introduction Assessment tasks
Brief for Task 1
Assessmnet Task 1: Brief
327-February-2020Presenting your workinclass workshop
405-March-2020Practice PresentationsAssessment task 1: Practice presentations
512-March-2020Constructive criticism. Defending your workinclass discussion
619-March-2020Assessment Task 2: Prepairng discussion topicsAssessmnet task 2: Brief
726-March-2020Presentation Preparationinclass workshop
802-April-2020CANVAS discussion topics are liveTask 2 discussion
909-April-2020Practice PresentationsAssessment task 1: Practice presentations
 16-April-2020Semester Break
1023-April-2020Assessment task 2: Inclass debate and discussion session.
Rules on criticism, feedback and comments.
Assessment task 2: Part 1
1130-April-2020Assessment task 1 presentation to class group and to PDM1 groupAssessment Task 1: Due
1207-May-2020Finalise CANVAS discussion tipics 
1314-May-2020Design Folio review 
1421-May-2020Design Folio reviewAssessmnet task 2: Due
 Note: Topics may vary from week to week depending on availability of guest speakers and students requirements

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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:

- Practical tasks, a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a design journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence


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Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Practical Project.

Due: Week 11


Assessment Task 2:

Due: Week 12 

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Teaching schedule may vary according to students and task requirements

Information is correct at time of publishing.

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