Course Title: Research and apply the history and theory of design to design practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GRAP5149C

Course Title: Research and apply the history and theory of design to design practice

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5235 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact : Sue Robinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4211

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 research and analyse the history and theory of design for application to design practice. This is a core unit for designers and provides underpinning skills and knowledge development for all units of this level.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDSP04A Research and apply the history and theory of design to design practice


1.  Research design history and theory

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Identify relevant sources of information on design history and theory

1.2  Use formal and informal research techniques appropriately to access information

1.3  Organise research materials and findings for current and future use in design practice by self and others in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


2.  Link research to design practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Critically evaluate information in the context of current design practice and philosophy

2.2  Assess ways in which aspects of design history and theory may be adapted, challenged for current practice

2.3  Develop positions in relation to design history and theory to inform current practice


3.  Update and maintian 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

Communicating ideas and information
Collecting analysing and organising information
Planning and organising activities
Working with others and in teams

Details of Learning Activities

Some learning activities will include self directed learning.  Self directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently either as individuals or with colleagues.  This may include workplace research, library assignments, field work and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

2Lecture – “The Fifties”
3Directed Learning
4“The Fifties”
5Gallery visit
6Gallery visit
8Lecture – research skills
9Stencils & Future designers
10Lecture – The Nineties
11Directed Learning
12Lecture – The Sixties
14Submission – Brief 1
15Submission – Brief 2


Submission – Brief 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Project based activities
Group Presentations
Individual Assessment tasks
Research Activities

Please Note:
All briefs must be submitted with two (2) completed assignment proformas
All exercises and briefs are deemed Competent and Not Yet Competent, then a graded assessment out of 100 will be given.

All exercises and briefs must be completed successfully to be deemed Competent.

You may choose to seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this course. Please attend the first two (2) classes and speak to the teacher for more information.

Assessment Tasks

Brief 1 - 50%

Brief 2 - 20%

Brief 3 - 30%

Assessment Matrix

Brief 1xxx
Brief 2x x
Brief 3 xx

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