Course Title: Generate design solutions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: GRAP5335C

Course Title: Generate design solutions

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4322 - Certificate IV in Design

Course Contact : Leigh Milward

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9438

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with EMPL5960 Critical and creative thinking.

Course Description

This unit describes the learning outcomes, skills and knowledge required to generate design solutions in response to a particular design need.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES401A Generate design solutions


1. Define the design challenge

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Determine and evaluate user/client needs
1.2. Clarify specifications, parameters and constraints of the design challenge in consultation with relevant stakeholders
1.3. Articulate the essence of the design challenge in an appropriate format


2. Undertake research to inform the design solution

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Source, evaluate and acknowledge information that may assist in responding to the design challenge
2.2. Consider historical, current and future perspectives and trends that might inform design solutions
2.3. Consider relevant social, economic, environmental, ethical and cultural issues that may impact on design solutions
2.4. Analyse, distil and collate information to inform the development of the design solution


3. Communicate and collaborate with others

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Establish and develop working relationships with key stakeholders
3.2. Seek and integrate input and ideas from others during the design process
3.3. Inform key stakeholders about progress of the design and related implications
3.4. Negotiate and agree on any changed requirements or modifications


4. Generate ideas and responses to the design challenge

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Reflect on and integrate ideas generated from research and consultation
4.2. Use a range of creative thinking techniques to generate different options and ideas
4.3. Apply relevant principles of functionality, ergonomics, aesthetics and sustainability to the development of different options


5. Select a design solution

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Develop and use a range of criteria against which to evaluate different options and ideas
5.2. Select a preferred solution against agreed criteria and in consultation with relevant key stakeholders
5.3. Adjust and refine proposed design solution based on research, testing and reflection
5.4. Present proposed design solution with appropriate supporting documentation according to project

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio and computer laboratory using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities will include:

• demonstrations and presentations by teacher
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• review and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• evaluation & critique including feedback & assessment

Out of class activities will include:

• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• site visits
• social & other networking

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered in combination with 
EMPL5960C -Develop and Extend Critical and Creative Thinking Skills (BSBCRT301A)

The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined unit.

  Session description

Feedback /
Assessment /


Learning elements
Creativity EMPL5960C


1 O’Week      
2 Project 1 part 1: Critical v creative thinking
Submit by the end of class.


4.2 1.1-4
3 Project 1 part 1: Idea generation techniques – Brainstorming
Accumulate, record and then rank ideas in groups in a collaborative document.
  4.2 2
4 Project 1 part 1: Idea generation techniques – Mind mapping
In groups, create a mindmap in response to a design problem. Individually, recreate it as a beautiful design object on an A3 page.
Use the mind map to generate a range of design solutions.
5 Project 1 part 1: Idea generation techniques – Mind mapping (continued)
Use your mind map to generate three visual design solutions: radical, safe and hilarious.
  2.1, 4.2 2, 3
6 Project 1 part 1: Idea generation techniques – Visual research. Students come up with a list of common items which are randomly distributed. As many variations are collated as possible and organised in a coherent and logical manner. The ideal form is chosen and justified. The form is distilled into its essence from this research.   2.1, 4.2 4
7 Project 1 part 2: design challenge, challenges, research and content. Finalise the foundation of Project 1 part 2.   1, 2, 2.1, 3.1-2 1, 2
8 Project 1 part 2: Ideation. Use your critical and creative thinking skills to come up with ideas and approaches for your blog. Record this in the documentation.   2, 3, 4 1, 3.1-4,
9 Project 1 part 2: Creation. Distil your findings and begin creating the content. Show your work so far to the class. Part of this class will be dedicated to documenting the project thus far.



3.3, 5.2-3 1.3, 2
10 Project 1 part 2: Creation   4, 5 3, 4.
11 Project 1: submission. Reflection Project 2 due  4, 5  
Mid-semester break
12 Project 2: design challenge, research and content.   5.4 4.2
13 Project 2: Design competition. Idea generation. Come up with three viable ideas and collaborate with others on the best solution to proceed with.


1, 2, 3.1-2, 5.1 3, 4.
14 Excursion


2 2.7
15 Present ideas to others and gather feedback. Use judgment to proceed, but this process must be recorded and submitted before proceeding.   4.2 1.1-4
16 Late presentations. Collate research, critical and creative thinking evidence.


3.3-4 2
17 Submit the documentation of the critical and creative thinking phase of project 2. Show this to the class. Production. Project 2 ideation due. 3.3, 5.2-3 3, 4.
18 Project 2 finalise production and documentation.   5.2-4 3, 4.
19 Project 2 submission.  Project 2 due 5.4  
20 Project 2 late and extension submissions.   5.4  
21 Assessment week   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

Lupton, E 2011. Graphic design thinking : Beyond brainstorming (1st ed.). New York : Baltimore: Princeton Architectural Press ; Maryland Institute College of Art.


Infinite Ideas 2012, Creative thinking : Mind-flexing, brain-storming, juice-flowing ways to discover your inner genius, e-book, accessed 26 June 2015, <>.


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include tasks and projects.

Assessment tasks are:

Project 1 50%
Project 2 50%

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
This course has 2 Summative Tasks, all of which must be completed/submitted. Each task has an allocated percentage of the total grade.
You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Summative Assessment Tasks comprising a total of 100% of the Graded Assessment:

Task 1 - 50%
A project in two parts: a folio of critical and creative thinking exercises, plus a creative design blog.
Due Week 11

Task 2 - 50%
This project is in two parts, a creative and critical thinking document, and a design solution for a competition.
Due Week 19


At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment are:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction.

CDI - Competent with Distinction

CC - Competent with Credit

CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded

CA - Competency Achieved - Ungraded

DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

NYC - Not Yet Competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on
how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student feedback at RMIT:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

Special consideration Policy
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Late Submission & Extensions
Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy.
If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor.
Extension form link – Application for extension of time

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission
On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.&#8232;&#8232; The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Grades will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – it will not be graded. Submissions seven days or more late should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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