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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: GRAP5305C

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

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick 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

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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, resource and gather knowledge and visual references from libraries, web, cinema, magazines, utube, journals etc
  • Research specifically according to the  constraints and considerations in design briefs and own work
  • Create class knowledge pool. Store information in individual and common knowledge  on line drop box
  • Critically analyze materials/ resources on the history and theory of design and its bearing on current design practice. Essay
  • Present information in an appropriate context
  • Design briefs inspired by historical reference and indicative styles and that reflect on current design trends
  • Attend class workshops on the outcomes of briefs

Teaching Schedule

 12  3  May
 Theme 1Design and the Environment
Exercise 1 Cradle to Cradle Eco Redesign
1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 13 10 May
 Theme 2 The written Word Pictographs/Pictograms
Brief 1
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
14 17 May
 Theme 2 The written Word Pictographs/Pictograms
Brief 1
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
15 24 May
 Theme 3 Knowledge Pool
Core lecture 1
Exercise 2
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 16 31 May
 Theme 3 Knowledge Pool
Core lecture 2
Exercise 2
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 17 7 June
 Theme 3 Knowledge Pool
Core lecture 3
Exercise 2
  1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
   TAFE break 18th June - 5th July
 1 5 July
 Theme 4: Critical Analysis of Art Movements and Styles
Exercise 3
  1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 2 12 July
 Exercise 3 In class essay
Open Book
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 3 19 July
 Work shop Exercise 1
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 4 26 July
 Workshop Brief 1
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 5 2nd Aug
8 Aug RMIT
Open Day
 Theme 5
Decades of the 20th century 1
Submit Brief 1
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 6 9 Aug
 Decades of the 20th century 2
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 7 16 Aug
 Workshop Brief 2
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
 8 23 Aug
 Workshop Brief 2 and any outstanding research applications
 1.1-.2,2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.2
930 Aug Present exercise 1 
 13 sept Submit all other exercises and briefs 

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

2x Project Briefs
3x Class Exercises

Assessment Matrix

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