Course Title: Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5960C

Course Title: Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Leigh Milward

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact Email:leigh.milward@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

leigh.milward@rmit.com.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with GRAP5335 Generate design solutions.

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to think in a more creative way. Creative thinking involves looking at things differently, musing, testing, experimenting and challenging existing thought patterns.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCRT301A Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills

Element:

2. Generate ideas and responses

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Explore and use a range of creative thinking techniques to generate ideas and responses

2.2. Muse on, play around with and have fun with ideas in relation to a perceived objective

2.3. Identify and challenge blockers to creative thinking

2.4. Consider and explore realities beyond the current situation

2.5. Evaluate, and where appropriate, challenge existing boundaries to determine perceived or actual constraints

2.6. Show willingness to take risks with ideas and thought processes

2.7. Look around in familiar and unfamiliar places for new inspiration and habitually record observations, experiences, ideas and reflective thoughts to broaden personal knowledge base

2.8. Acknowledge and accept the opportunity for revelation when least expected

2.9. Identify connections and associations from things that seem unconnected

Element:

3. Challenge, test and re invent ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify, interrogate and challenge the assumptions behind ideas

3.2. Experiment with variations, and explore and challenge a range of different solutions and ideas

3.3. Consciously change perspectives, and evaluate ideas and situations in new ways

3.4. Where appropriate, involve others in ideas and how they might change or be improved

Element:

4. Enhance creative thinking skills

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Consciously challenge and question own thought patterns and ways of responding to work and life situations

4.2. Identify and take opportunities to self-assess and to learn about new ideas and different ways of thinking

4.3. Take opportunities to practise and experiment with creative thinking techniques across work and life situations

4.4. Pro-actively talk to others about ways that new ideas and patterns of thinking can be encouraged and developed

Element:

1. Develop a questioning mindset

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Develop the habit of asking questions from different perspectives

1.2. Take responsibility for exploring a variety of information sources to provide relevant answers to own questions

1.3. Sort through information and ideas to identify the central questions, issues and challenges

1.4. Challenge preconceptions and assumptions to determine actual constraints in defining a problem for resolution

 


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

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities will include:

• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• review and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• evaluation & critique including feedback & assessment

Out of class activities will include:

• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• site visits
• social & other networking


Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered in combination with
GRAP5335C - Generate design solutions (BSBDES401A)

The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined unit.

This combined Teaching Schedule is also available for viewing and download via Google Drive. Please click HERE.
 

SessionWeek BeginningSession descriptionAssessment / SubmissionPerformance Criteria
VART6280C
Performance Criteria
GRAP5306C
103 FebO’Week - Site Visits   
210 FebIdea Generation 1 #1:
Photographic Collection & Analysis.

Design Reportage from Brunswick.

Assessment workshop: Rubrics

 

Formative Assessment Submission

Image from Brunswick 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
317 Feb
Idea Generation 1 #2:
Word Games & Target Audiences.
Concept & Story generation.

 

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 
424 FebIdea Generation 1 #3:
Story Design / Image & Text.

Combining words and images for a 10 image 1 paragraph story.
Q. Getting clicks - Is Design all about Popularity?

 

Formative Assessment Submission

10 image
1 pgh story

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

 

503 MarDesign Project #1 Brief Presentation:

‘Blog Style Magazine Concept
- Online &/or Print based Cultural/Design’

Due Session 10

Research exercise

 

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

 

6 ***10 Mar*** Non Face-to-Face week. ***
Design Project #1:

Self Directed Research exercise.

 

 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
717 MarDesign Project #1:

Masthead design.

Target Audience definition.


Presentation (incl. Research exercise)
& Client Feedback.

 

Formative Assessment

Presentation
& Feedback 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
 

 

824 MarDesign Project #1:

Visual Concept:

Theme/Style. Color/Texture/Space.

Navigation (Format) Concepts:

Scroll (Vertical), Swipe (Horizontal) or Click (Separate panels).


Typography.
Key elements:
Headline, Lead paragraph, Body.

 

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

 

931 MarDesign Project #1:

Project Development:
‘Client Meeting’ individualised

Formative Assessment

Consultation
& Feedback

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

 

1007 AprDesign Project #1:
Project Submission.
In-Session graded assessment.

 

Summative Task Due

Summative assessment

Design Project #1

 

5.4


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

 

 

  
Mid Term Break - 2 weeks
 
   
1128 AprIdea Generation 2 #1.

Exercise:
Group Archway Exercise.


Information Architecture.

Develop 3D forms that convey information.
Signage, Wayfinding. Packaging. Space design. Interaction.

 


Formative Assessment

Feedback to Groups
on completion of Exercise

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
 

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

1205 MayIdea Generation 2 #2.
Information/Communication Trajectory:

Staged Communication Design.

Creative Communication Strategies.

Exercise:
Archway element surface treatment.
Individual, Group and Interactive Communication.

 

 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

1312 MayDesign Project #2 Brief Presentation:

‘Communication Architecture
- a 3D Graphic Design Space’
Construct 3D forms with Surface graphics expressing a Communication Strategy.

Content from Existing Blog Magazine, or New source.
.
Exploration of Potential Solutions. TEMPLATES: Cubes; Archway; Other.


Project Draft Proposal exercise.

(includes Feasibility Analysis)

1 minute Proposal.
Verbal & Visual delivery to group.

 

Formative Assessment

1 minute proposal

Feedback to Individual in Group context

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

1419 MayDesign Project #2.
Production & Consultation:
Construct Forms using Templates
or Own Design.
Testing of Surface Communication Strategy.

PLAY with others project.
Peer feedback.

 

Formative Assessment

Peer feedback
&
Teacher
feedback

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 

1526 MayDesign Project #2.
*** NO Face-to-Face session THIS WEEK ***

Online Posting of Development stage.
Seek peer feedback (optional)

 

3.1, 3.2, 3.3

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

1602 JunDesign Project #2.
Production & Consultation:
Individual consultation.

Documentation of Processes.
MUST PRESENT actual element of Design Process for documentation by another student during this session.

Process documentation: Short Video recording.

 

Formative Assessment

Teacher feedback

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

1709 JunDesign Project #2.
FINAL Production & Consultation.

Submission of Project THIS Session.

Summative Task Due

Design Project #2 


5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4

 


4.1, 4.2, 4.4

1816 JunDesign Project #2.
Final Project Presentations.
Group Presentation.
Live in-person OR video presentation.
Summative assessment

Design Project #2

 

5.4


4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

19 23 JunDesign Projects #1 & #2.
Optional Final presentation development.

Photographic documentation.

Folio page layout.

 

   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


References

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

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 of the library resources. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

http://rmit.libguides.com/graphicartanddesign

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Mary Mavroudis mary.mavroudis@rmit.edu.au
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills and will include group and individual tasks and group and individual projects.

Assessment tasks are:
Project 1 50%
Project 2 50%

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


Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.
This course has 2 Summative Tasks, all of which must be completed/submitted. Each task has an allocated percentage of the total grade.
You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Exercises:
Session 2: Rubric workshop & Image submission
Session 4: 10 image 1 paragraph story
Session 7: Presentation
Session 9: Consultation
Session 11: Group 3D exercise
Session 13: Brief proposal
Sessions 14 & 16: Consultation feedback


Summative Assessment Tasks comprising a total of 100% of the Graded Assessment:

Task 1 - 50%
Blog Style Magazine Concept - Online &/or Print based Cultural/Design Reportage
Due Week 10

Task 2 - 50%
Communication Architecture - a 3D Graphic Design Space
Due Week 17

 

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction.

CDI - Competent with Distinction

CC - Competent with Credit

CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded

CA - Competency Achieved - Ungraded

DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

NYC - Not Yet Competent


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Attendance

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. 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)
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.

http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration


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.
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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