Queensland University of Technology
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis 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 OutcomesBy the completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate the following capabilities at beginning level:
ContentTopics covered in this unit include:
- understand and critically reflect on design theory and activities
- use visual representation techniques for thinking and communicating
- apply an iterative and explorative design process in a multi-disciplinary team context to demonstrate social learning .
- design and produce well resolved designs that address the supplied design brief
- completion of health and safety inductions necessary for university attendance and workshop access (required to pass the unit)
AssessmentAssessment 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/TestDescription: 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: 5Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Early SemesterAssessment name: Reflective JournalDescription: A4 journal containing lecture notes, visualisation experiments, design project records and reflections.Relates to objectives: 1, 2 and 3Weight: 60Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: IndividualDue date: Mid SemesterAssessment name: DesignDescription: Create a physical structure to communicate the required theme using the supplied materials.Relates to objectives: 4Weight: 20Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: GroupDue date: Mid SemesterAssessment name: DesignDescription: Create a physical structure to communicate the required theme using the supplied materials.Relates to objectives: 4Weight: 20Internal or external: InternalGroup or individual: GroupDue date: Mid Semester
- design process
- practical, aesthetic and symbolic function
- representation and communication of ideas
- problem solving strategies
- idea generation
- team work and team dynamics
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