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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Mark Richardson


This unit outlines the design process with particular reference to creative idea formulation, information searching, problem-solving, and incorporation of two and three dimensional design principles in form development. User-centered design models are considered in terms of cultural, physical, logical and semantic constraints, mapping relationships, standardisation, control and feedback factors. Methods of design communication and presentation are explored and applied.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand and enjoy the challenge of designing consumer objects geared for mass production
  2. have an appreciation of the practical and theoretical nature of industrial design, in particular the intimate relationship between rational processes and inspiration in design
  3. have an appreciation of user-centred design criteria
  4. be able to identify, analyse, and interpret the general characteristics of design tasks
  5. understand simple models of the design process and their applications
  6. plan for and efficiently undertake simple three-dimensional projects with regard to functional, technical, structural and aesthetic criteria
  7. understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


Projects: 100%

Workload requirements

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

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