Course Title: Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART6039C

Course Title: Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4158 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Dale Nason

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9426

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Nominal Hours: 60

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 originate the concept and conduct critical discourse about the concept for own work. The concept encompasses ideas, form and context for the work. The unit includes the need for research and analysis of ideas and references, plus the creation of innovative concepts. It also includes a requirement for critical and informed discourse with others about one’s own work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse


1. Research concept ideas. 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and source references which may inform concept development
1.2 Critically analyse sources and references in the context of current work
1.3 Collect, collate and analyse references to inform concept development


2. Generate concept. 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a range of different, innovative and creative approaches for the concept based on the nature of own artistic practice.
2.2 Reflect on and integrate ideas generated from research
2.3 Consider possible constraints for the concept, based on the nature and purpose of work
2.4 Continuously reflect on and appraise ideas for the concept
2.5 Synthesise and refine concept based on research, reflection and relevant constraints


3. Conduct critical discourse. 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify relevant individuals to participate in critical discourse about work concepts
3.2 Identify potential ways in which discourse may be undertaken, and select the most appropriate
3.3 Provide key information on work concepts and concept development including influences, evaluation of options and problem-solving strategies
3.4 Use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis of the concept


4. Adjust and refine concept. 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Undertake own analysis of concept and challenge ideas and approaches taken
4.2 Seek input and comments from others about the concept
4.3 Re-evaluate and refine options for the concept based on own analysis and critical discourse with others

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The major learning experience involves studio-based exercises, demonstrations and production techniques.

It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, to give them maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Teaching Schedule

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will collaborate on generating a BLOG Resource in the RMIT Learning Hub, Design Certificate 4 Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

2 x projects

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 x session exercises (20% total)


2 x projects (40% - total 80%).

To be deemed competent students must satisfactorily complete all Learning Elements and related Performance Criteria (see above table).

Assessment Matrix

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