Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Butler


This unit develops practical design research, investigation, conceptual development, communication, presentation and practice capabilities. The focus is on design research and design management of multi and inter disciplinary projects, in which a range of design factors are considered and methodologies employed to coordinate their analysis and to achieve a holistic design integration that addresses human needs. Projects will be set in a variety of contexts.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. undertake a design project at a conceptual level involving the resolution of user requirements, technical issues, aesthetics, and the communication of the design with presentation drawings and models, technical drawings and specifications
  2. evaluate the effectiveness of the methodologies they are applying, and explain the reasoning behind their choice of methodology, media, design options and solutions
  3. understand the role of design as a discipline as well as a professional practice in a particular field
  4. consider critically the imagery in their designs, and its aesthetic and symbolic resonances
  5. understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


Minor project: 20%, two Major projects: 2 x 40% each

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including 4 studio hours and 8 hours of independent study

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