Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: GRAP5299C

Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sue Robinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 65

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 performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information to one’s own area of work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


1. Collect information on history and theory of design

Performance Criteria:

.1. Identify and access relevant sources of information on design history and theory

1.2. Organise research material and findings for current or future use in design practice, in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


2. Apply information to own area of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Evaluate information in the context of current design practice

2.2. Assess ways in which aspects of information on design history and theory could be used or adapted to inform current practice

2.3. Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work


3. Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of design trends and developments

3.2. Incorporate and integrate knowledge into design activities

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

In class activities will include

  • Lectures
  • Peer Teaching and Class presentations
  • Group Discussion
  • Analysis l critique of design periods
  • Teacherdirected group activities l projects
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Guest Speakers

Out of Class Activities

  • Online reseearch
  • Gallery l Exhibition visits
  • Independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

1Lecture l Overview + Expectations, Exhibition Visit, Exercise 1.
2Exhibition Visit l Assessment Task 1 (AT01).
3Exhibition Visit l AT01.
4Lecture l Street Art    Submit Exercise 1.
5Exhibition Visit l AT01.
6Directed learning.
7Lecture l Research Skills, Submit AT01, present AT02 + AT03.
8Lecture l The Fifties, Exercise 2.
9Directed learning.
10Lecture l Surrealism, Submit Exercise 2.
11Lecture l Gothic, Submit AT02.
12Dircted learning
13Lexture l AT03
14Lecture l AT03
15Lecture  l AT03
16Tutorials + Resubmissions.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with the resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities.  You will have access to the library resources.

Students are required to have access to a computer, the internet and relevant and current hardware and software.

Assessment Tasks are submitted in either Hard Copy or burnt to CD.

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:
EXAMPLES may include
- Practical tasks, a major project.
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Please note: All Assessment tasks need to be completed before competency is achieved. A number of tasks will be formative to show your progress and development of skills and knowledge throughout the semester. The final task will be summative to provide a level of performance in addition to your competency.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. 

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.

Summative assessment tasks are graded.


  • Exercise 1 + 2
  • Assessment Task 1


  • Assessment Task 2
  • Assessment Task 3

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT.

Other Information



The major learning experience takes place in the lectures, and exhibition visits.  It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions

  • All students must complete a cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.  This signed sheet ackowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


  • RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism.  For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.

Special Consideratio Policy(Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactor level.  If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.  Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

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