Course Title: Methods for User Centred Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Methods for User Centred Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Courtney Holm

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513.01.003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the concepts of how humans interact and connect with materials, artefacts, technology and their surrounding environment. You will learn about a range of user-centred approaches to engage with end users and identify how to improve their experience in meaningful ways. You will then apply these techniques to develop design solutions with the end user and their specific needs in mind.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

PLO3: Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the field of fashion and textiles sustainable innovation.

PLO5: Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

PLO6: Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.


Course Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

CLO 1: Define and explore a range of user-centred approaches. 

CLO 2: Identify and reflect on effective strategies for working within a team project.   

CLO 3: Select and employ user-centred approaches to develop sustainable and innovative solutions 

CLO 4: Analyse and discuss how user-centred approaches influence the design of a product, service or experience. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and realise sustainable innovative fashion and textile solutions.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Group project (50%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Individual project (50%)
CLOs: 1, 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.