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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: GRAP5299C

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

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Lyon

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

Course Contact

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 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

Details of Learning Activities

  • Research and concept development identifying design history as a major influence on current design trends.
  • Collect and store research information from a variety of recourses i.e llbrary, internet, utube, galleries, exhibitions, magazines and journals.
  • Create class knowledge pool, Blackboard resource
  • Attend lectures on core 20th /21st century design issues, movements and styles.
  • Class discussion
  • Critical Analysis (essay)
  • Design briefs inspired by historical reference and indicative styles
  • Attend class workshops on brief’s outcomes
  • Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach. Self directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments, fieldwork and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

WeekDateActivitiesPerformance criteria     Employability Skills     
 1 21 Feb <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="content-type" />Theme 1 Pictographic Form Lecture History of the Written Word 1  Pictographs Brief 2
Introduction to AGideas Conference
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2Communication: Listening/understanding/Note taking
Teamwork: Sharing knowledge
Problem solving:Developing creative innovative resolutions
Generating a range of options
Planning and Organizing;   being resourceful
Self Management:Time management,thinking ahead
Learning; Modes of research, IT Library Magazines etc
Technology: Ways of Presentation of Problem solving in briefs
 2 <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="content-type" />28 FebKnowledge Pool
Core topic 1
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 37 MarchKnowledge Pool
Core topic 2
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as a bove
 414th March
Public holiday
No Class

 521 MarchReview Pictographs Introduce Design industry Focus
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above with emphasis to solving design problems
 6 28 March
Knowledge Pool
Core topic 3
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 74 AprilWorkshop Brief 2 Cradle to Cradle,  1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
with emphasis to working ion teams and solving design problems and time management
 811 April
Knowledge Pool 4
Introduce Critical Analysis Deco /Nouveau Design Industry focus
 1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 918 AprilKnowledge Pool
Core topic 5 1950’s and 60’s
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 10 2 May
AGIdeas 3,4,5 May Conference Design Industry focus
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
119 May
Write essay open book 
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 1216 MayKnowledge Pool
Core topic 6
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 1323 May
Knowledge Pool
Core topic 7
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 1430 MayWorkshop Cradle to cradle graphic Agitation
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 156 JuneKnowledge Pool
Core topic 8
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 1613 JuneWorkshop Brief 3
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above
 1720 JunePresentations and Assessment
1.1-1.2;2.1-2.3;3.1-3.2 as above

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Green design : creative, sustainable designs for the twenty-first century / Marcus Fairs, London : Carlton, 2009

Overview of Assessment

2 projects

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Tasks

Presentation  20%
2 Design Briefs 40%
Class exercises and research 40%

Assessment Matrix

 Description MarkGPA
CHDCompetency with High Distinction   
CDICompetency with  Distinction  
CCCompetency with Credit  

CACompetency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent

Other Information

Employability skills are “embedded” in the units of competency in your program. This means that you will be able to develop these skills as part of your learning, and when you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills.
For more information about Employability Skills please refer to the Program Guide.
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.
Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 1 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties &sbquo;&Auml;&igrave; see Special Consideration).
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.
Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues. Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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