Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: GRAP6343C

Course Title: Develop and extend design skills and practice

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5359 - Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact: Alistair Briggs

Course Contact Phone: +61 9925 9446

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dale Nason

Nominal Hours: 30

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

None required.

Course Description

While undertaking this course you will develop and extend skills needed to be a practising graphic designer. You will continually refine, develop and evaluate your own conceptual and technical skills, incorporating research, experimentation and collaboration as key factors in this process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES403 Develop and extend design skills and practice


1 Acquire and develop technical skills

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan strategies to ensure the development of appropriate technical skills in design practice 1.2 Plan and use opportunities to develop and assess technical skills 1.3 Identify and use practice, feedback, discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve technical skills 1.4 Develop and extend technical skills through testing capabilities of materials, tools and equipment 1.5 Identify and use relevant media to stimulate technical and professional development


2 Develop conceptual skills and ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Engage in ongoing experimentation and exploration of different ideas and techniques 2.2 Discuss ideas with others and apply knowledge gained to inform own work 2.3 Use work practice to gain experience in a range of genres and interpretations 2.4 Study the work of others to stimulate conceptual and technical skills development 2.5 Research and share ideas across a range of design disciplines 2.6 Identify and use a range of opportunities to develop own skills and keep informed about current design practice


3 Develop own voice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore and experiment with new ideas in making and/or interpreting design work 3.2 Explore and use technology, where appropriate, to develop own voice and expand practice 3.3 Demonstrate own voice through design project realisation implementation


4 Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Seek and apply constructive criticism from others to improve own work 4.2 Evaluate own work against planned strategy for own practice 4.3 Evaluate own work in the context of work by others to extend own practice 4.4 Adjust work processes and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes


5 Research work opportunities

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Correctly identify sources of information relating to work opportunities for designers 5.2 Identify networks and promotional opportunities for designers which may be helpful in developing career opportunities 5.3 Incorporate research results and information into own work and career planning

Learning Outcomes

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
• feedback and revision
• peer learning
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• student project workshops, including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include:
• independent project based work
• online tutorials and activities
• independent research
• studio practice
• review & revision

Teaching Schedule

This course, GRAP6343C (BSBDES403) - Develop and extend design skills and practice - is delivered in combination with GEDU6116C (BSBCRT501) - Originate and develop concepts. The combined timeline is presented here as a complete reference to the combined unit.

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. There will be a number of prescribed tasks and projects (see Assessment Tasks below).


Topics & Activities Feedback & Assessment Learning Elements
Learning Elements

Week 1

Project Brief: Project discussion, theme development & crowd funding team

Publication Prototype & Practice: Workshop #1 Media mash-up
  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 2 Project Brief: Theme and Crowd Funding project development

Publication Prototype & Practice: Workshop #2 'Concertina Foldout'
   1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 3
Project & Team Development

Publication Prototype & Practice: Workshop #3 'Ox Plough Booklet'
   1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 4
Project & Team Development

Publication Prototype & Practice: Workshop #4 'Stab bound book'
Feedback  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 5
Project & Team Development

Publication Prototype & Practice: Workshop #5 'Font'

Portfolio Development: documentation of elements 1 - 4
- Documentation
- Portfolio dev.
 1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 6
Project Development

Publication Prototype & Practice: workshop #6 'Spreads Version #1'
   1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 7
Publication Crowd Funding Project Development: group & individual

Individual page spreads VERSION #1 DUE - End of session.
Spreads Version #1 DUE  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 8
Publication Crowd Funding Project Development: group & individual    1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 9 Project Development: Crowd Funding project goes LIVE

Publication Prototype & Practice: workshop #8
Online group project submission
'Go Live'
 1 - 5 1 - 4 
Week 10 Project Review & Development: Marketing Push

Portfolio Development: documentation of elements 5 - 7
- Documentation
- Portfolio dev.
 1 - 5  1 - 4
BREAK *** 1 week Break - NO ATTENDANCE ***      
Week 11 Project Development: Publication content development Submit Version #2 layouts    1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 12 Project Development: Publication content development Submit FINAL layouts    1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 13 Project Development: Editorial development, content finalization   1 - 5  1 - 4 
Week 14 Project Development: Print & Book construction towards final outcomes    1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 15 Project Submission: Outcomes due by end of session. Final documentation session. Final Portfolio DUE  1 - 5  1 - 4
Week 16 Project Presentation: Display of book outcomes and discussion Display & Review  1 - 5 1 - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course. This course has recommended books listed under ‘References’

You are advised to look at the Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.
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 to the library resources.

Among the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning. The University Library has extensive resources for Design students.

RMIT Library has produced the following:

• subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
• guides on academic referencing
• subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or exercises. The assessment tasks are:
Design project briefs 

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

Assessment Tasks

This course has ONE (1) major assessment task.
Project Portfolio Final is a graded assessment and comprises 100% of the Final Graded Assessment for this clustered course.

The major assessment task comprises multiple stages of partial completion &/or development, allowing response to critical feedback with the aim of guided outcome improvement.

Completion to a satisfactory degree of all required assessment task elements is necessary to achieve competency. These are:
#1 Media mash-up
#2 Concertina Book
#3 Ox Plough Book
#4 Stab Bound Book
#5 Font Set
#6 Publication Page layouts Version 1
#7 Crowd Funding project - Go Live & Marketing
#8 Publication Page layouts Version 2
#9 Publication Page layouts Version FINAL

Project Portfolio Final
Due: Week 15

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
NYC Not Yet Competent

DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your 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 for success.



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 Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy



When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e Submission process. Information regarding the eSubmission process


 Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

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  Reasonable adjustment is available and may be applied through the Special Consideration process.

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. Further links  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.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

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