Course Title: Future Design Impact

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Future Design Impact

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Marius Foley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1252

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

New models of implementation and impact evaluation are emerging within the field of human-centred design. These require sophisticated design processes in order to realise projects and ensure effective embedding of policy or procedural frameworks within an organisation.  

In this advanced, executive education and research course, students will explore design and other disciplinary methods to implement transformation projects and evaluate the impact for the organisation and stakeholders. 

An outcome of this course will be developing the means to translate design research into policy, and to take account of impact on society and economy. 

The course is grounded in the teaching case methodology, where real world propositions are taken though a series of simulated processes. Students will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the case provided and propose relevant approaches, reflecting on their efficacy and chances to succeed. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development against the following Program Learning Outcomes: 

  • Apply advanced design skills to engage stakeholders, frame ill-defined problems, and create innovative solutions. 
  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice and discipline. 
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences. 
  • Provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others. 
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary media and communication arena. 

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

  1. Define actionable tasks that lead to an implementation proposal. 
  2. Evaluate the capacity of an organisation to implement a design proposal. 
  3. Translate design proposals into policy and/or procedure that works within or implements meaningful change of regulatory constraints. 
  4. Propose innovative means of design proposal implementation relevant to an organisation’s situation.  
  5. Research and evidence the impact of a design proposal within an organisational context. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of online activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, discussion, individual and group activities. 

This course utilises an immersive ‘teaching case’ method whereby you will explore a complex real-world situation via diverse documentation and design artefacts.  

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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 may include presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1 (30%) 
Analysis and Synthesis of Case Study  
CLO: 1, 2 

Assessment Task 2 (40%) 
Policy and/or Regulatory Frameworks 
CLO: 3, 4 

Assessment Task 3 (30%) 
Evaluation and Impact 
CLO: 5 

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.