Course Title: Source and apply design industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: GRAP5304C

Course Title: Source and apply design industry knowledge

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ruth Lyon

Nominal Hours: 20

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 addresses the skills and knowledge required to source, apply and update a general knowledge of the design industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES304A Source and apply design industry knowledge


1. Source and apply information on the structure and operation of the design industry

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and access information on the design industry 1.2 Use and analyse knowledge of the design industry appropriately, to inform own design practice and work and professional design practice
1.2 Use and analyse knowledge of the design industry appropriately, to inform own design practice and work


2. Source and apply knowledge on employment obligations and opportunities that impact on designers

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Obtain information on employment obligations and opportunities in the design industry
2.2 Apply knowledge of employment obligations and opportunities appropriately, within day-to-day work activities


3. Seek information on new design technology

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Correctly identify sources of information on new technology affecting different areas of design practice
3.2 Investigate relevant technologies to assist effective work performance


4. Update industry knowledge

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and use a range of opportunities to update knowledge of the design industry and monitor current issues of concern to the industry
4.2 Share updated knowledge with colleagues and peer group as appropriate, and incorporate into day-to-day work activities


5. Apply information on ethical and legal work practices

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Source information on ethical and legal work practices in the context of design
5.2 Share updated knowledge on ethical and legal work practice in day-to-day work activities

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities.
Research into industry/employment.
Attendance AGideas design conference.

Some learning activities will include a self directed learning approach. Self-directed learning refers to organised teacher-directed learning activities that you will undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. This may include workplace research, library assignments and fieldwork.

Teaching Schedule

Session Activities and assessment matrix
 1 Research activity
 5.1 - 5.2 Apply information on ethical and legal work
1.1-2 Source and apply information on the structure and operation of the design industry       
 2 Research activity - Web Search/news papers/Magazines
2.1.- 2.2 Source and apply knowledge on industry employment and obligations
1.1- 2. Source and apply information on the structure and operation of the design industry       
 3 Conference attendance
Seek information on new technology 1.1-2, 2.1-2, 3.1-3 AGIdeas Conference 
1.1- 2. Source and apply information on the structure and operation of the design industry
3.1-3.2 Seek Information on New Design Technology, additional sources for non attendance
 4  Conference reflection
Update industry knowledge 1.1-2, 2.1-2, 3.1-2,
Update Industry Knowledge 4.1-2
AGIdeas Conference and additional sources for non attendance,

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Internet / Contemporary Designers/ Design Process

Overview of Assessment

2 Research activities
1 Industry report

Students will be tutored with a verbal and/or written evaluation of their progress, within class time.
A final assessment of Competency Achieved or Not Yet Competent will be given at the end of the course when students will submit all completed work.
To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria.
Grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Tasks

1. Research 20%
2. Class activities/discussion
    Relevant design sites for discussion 20%
3/4. Attendance at AGIdeas International Conference
AGIdeas Conference research and completion of Conference overview handout.60%

Assessment Matrix

Grade Description Mark GPA
CHD Competency with High distinction   4
CDI Competency with Distintion   3
CC Competency with Credit   2
CA Competency Achieved   1
NYC Not Yet Competent Nil  
DNS Did not Submit Nil  

Other Information

Employability skills are “embedded” in the units of competency in your program. This means that you will be able to develop these skills as part of your learning, and when you demonstrate that you are competent in your particular job skills and knowledge, you are also demonstrating that you have developed relevant employability skills.
For more information about Employability Skills please refer to the Program Guide.

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Late submissions and single item extensions
In all courses marks are deducted for late submission unless Special Consideration or an Application for Extension is sought. If a student feels they may miss a deadline for a single item submission they may negotiate an extension with their teacher. They must negotiate the extension by the due date of submission. They must complete the Application for Extension form available for the Administration Office on level 1 B515. (This does not apply where there are a number of missed submissions due to general difficulties – see Special Consideration).
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for ever piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges they are aware of the plagiarism implications noted below. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Is also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.
Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues. Course guide is subject to change in relation to project variations.

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