Course Title: Articulate, present and debate ideas

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: COMM7367C

Course Title: Articulate, present and debate ideas

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5382 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

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Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to articulate, present and debate ideas in a work or broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCRT401 Articulate, present and debate ideas


1. Analyse ideas for communication to others

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Distil key themes, messages and positions to aid in clarity of thought and presentation

1.2 Reflect on different ways of communicating ideas for different purposes and to different people

1.3 Identify the enabling skills and attributes of individuals who can effectively participate in discussions about ideas


2. Provoke response and reaction

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore and use different techniques to engage, fascinate and involve others in the process of communication and exchange

2.2 Explore the ways that storytelling can be used to communicate ideas

2.3 Create innovative approaches to different communication challenges

2.4 Be prepared to take risks in the way ideas are presented

2.5 Identify specific ways to provoke and encourage response in particular individuals or groups


3. Debate and discuss ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present and argue substantiated positions on ideas

3.2 Be open to critical analysis of own ideas and to the ideas of others

3.3 Identify and participate in conversations that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches and generate new ideas

3.4 Respond to questions about ideas with confidence and relevant information

3.5 Reflect on and appraise the views of others, and use to refine ideas and to embrace new ideas

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals who contribute and present ideas that may be complex in nature and may relate to new products, services, processes or creative works using a degree of risk taking and storytelling.

Details of Learning Activities

Presenting, justifying and debating your ideas are an essential part of maintaining your design influence in a project.This course will allow you to build analytical, research and presentation skills around work to help you develop your skills in presenting your ideas. You will be introduced to strategies that you can apply to your design practice.

This course will be delivered face to face and will be part of your mechanical/electrical design class on Thursday morning. There are 2 assessable tasks that you will undertake within the semester. Each task has a brief attached. One of the tasks will be a detailed discussion conducted through canvas on a supplied topic and the other will be linked to one of the projects in the mechanical/electrical course that you will participate in this semester.


Teaching Schedule

C5282 - Diploma of Product Design (national code: 22446VIC) Semester 1, 2020
COMM 7367C Articulate, present and debate ideas (national code: BSBCRT401)  
Semester 1 Schedule (V1_Dec 2019)  
Session Times: Thursday 9.30pm - 12.30pm, Instructor: Robin Blood (
Week Date Topic Project Deliverables
1 13-February-2020    
2 20-February-2020 Introduction to the course
Introduction Assessment tasks
Brief for Task 1
Assessmnet Task 1: Brief
3 27-February-2020 Presenting your work inclass workshop
4 05-March-2020 Practice Presentations Assessment task 1: Practice presentations
5 12-March-2020 Constructive criticism. Defending your work inclass discussion
6 19-March-2020 Assessment Task 2: Prepairng discussion topics Assessmnet task 2: Brief
7 26-March-2020 Presentation Preparation inclass workshop
8 02-April-2020 CANVAS discussion topics are live Task 2 discussion
9 09-April-2020 Practice Presentations Assessment task 1: Practice presentations
  16-April-2020 Semester Break
10 23-April-2020 Assessment task 2: Inclass debate and discussion session.
Rules on criticism, feedback and comments.
Assessment task 2: Part 1
11 30-April-2020 Assessment task 1 presentation to class group and to PDM1 group Assessment Task 1: Due
12 07-May-2020 Finalise CANVAS discussion tipics  
13 14-May-2020 Design Folio review  
14 21-May-2020 Design Folio review Assessmnet task 2: Due
  Note: Topics may vary from week to week depending on availability of guest speakers and students requirements

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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:

- Practical tasks, a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a design journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence


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Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Practical Project.

Due: Week 11


Assessment Task 2:

Due: Week 12 

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Teaching schedule may vary according to students and task requirements

Information is correct at time of publishing.

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