Introducing Design

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introducing Design

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Design Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    12
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit offers a uniquely broad introduction to the field of design as applied across the design disciplines. It uses exercises to enhance student perceptions of the natural and human made environments in a problem based learning context. The unit is block taught over several weeks during the semester and will include students from a range of design disciplines participating in a four day field trip (students unable to attend participate in an alternative program). Students work individually and in cross-disciplinary teams in a stimulating and immersive environment. This unit covers content of problem solving, team work, visualisation and communication, and environmental awareness.
    Learning Outcomes
    By the completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate the following capabilities at beginning level:
    1. understand and critically reflect on design theory and activities
    2. use visual representation techniques for thinking and communicating
    3. apply an iterative and explorative design process in a multi-disciplinary team context to demonstrate social learning .
    4. design and produce well resolved designs that address the supplied design brief
    5. completion of health and safety inductions necessary for university attendance and workshop access (required to pass the unit)
    Content
    Topics covered in this unit include:
    • design process
    • practical, aesthetic and symbolic function
    • representation and communication of ideas
    • problem solving strategies
    • idea generation
    • team work and team dynamics
    Assessment
    Assessment is spread over three components: two design projects and one design journal. To help you glean the most you can from the experience you are required to prepare an assignment (design journal) that reflects on the lecture programme and your design project activities from the workshop/studio. You will record, and analyse your activities and experiences in your personal notebook during the workshop/studio, such that they can inform later reflective activities and journal production.
    Assessment name: Quiz/Test
    Description: Health and safety inductions required by legislation for building and manufacturing site access (valid practice and therefore useful beyond graduation) and also for QUT workshop access (valid for all units requiring access to the J and F Block workshops).
    Relates to objectives: 5
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Early Semester
    Assessment name: Reflective Journal
    Description: A4 journal containing lecture notes, visualisation experiments, design project records and reflections.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid Semester
    Assessment name: Design
    Description: Create a physical structure to communicate the required theme using the supplied materials.
    Relates to objectives: 4
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Mid Semester
    Assessment name: Design
    Description: Create a physical structure to communicate the required theme using the supplied materials.
    Relates to objectives: 4
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Mid Semester

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