Course Title: Design Studio 3 - Systems of Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Studio 3 - Systems of Design

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023,
Viet1 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet2 2023

Course Coordinator: Ken Rabin

Course Coordinator Phone: +84 348504298

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS; RMIT Vietnam

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed GRAP2742/GRAP2898 Design Studio 2 –- Elements & Principles of Design before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

In this course you will explore the role of systems thinking in design, including natural systems, technology systems and systems for human comfort and society. Through this course you will apply a systems approach to a variety of situations related to the complex environments of interactivity, social and ecological sustainability. This course draws on skills and knowledge learnt in Design Studio 2, Design and Computing 2 and Creative Thinking and Innovation. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course supports your development in this program learning outcome: 

PLO 3 Exercise critical thinking and judgment when evaluating products, outputs and outcomes of design activity in multiple disciplines in a range of media. 

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:  

CLO1 Acquire and demonstrate an understanding of the models, concepts and applications of systems thinking.  

CLO2 Use systems models to analyse, create and present complex connections between human, natural and technical environments.  

CLO3 Use a systems approach to generate novel and speculative design outcomes.  

CLO4 Use a systems model to explore, interpret and represent relations to describe experiences and create meanings in the real world.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as:

  • Studio based discussion and development of design ideas with teachers and peers.
  • Topic specific seminars; space to introduce, explore and extend key course topics, theories and design projects.
  • Group-based learning; group discussion, collaborative projects and peer critique.
  • Presentations; the communication of your ideas to peers and teachers.
  • Negotiated learning – during the program you will have the opportunity to negotiate project outcomes in consultation with your teachers.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT Vietnam University Library.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Systems for Analysis, 20%, CLO 1 
Assessment Task 2: Systems for Creation, 50%, CLOs 2 & 3 
Assessment Task 3: Systems for Presentation, 30%, CLOs 3 & 4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.