Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Undergraduate - Unit

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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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Selby Coxon


This unit covers a range of design theories and practices that underpin enduring and resilient ways of reducing the negative impacts of the human production of objects and environments and their associated sociological behaviours. Various perspectives of production, consumption and exchange are considered including Life Cycle Analysis tools, Recycling, Re-use, Dematerialisation and Reduction. The outcomes intend to demonstrate knowledge of the core themes of designing objects and environments that are sustainable to society, economy and nature.


  1. identify, analyse, and interpret the general characteristics of design for sustainability.
  2. practice the application of enduring and resilient responses to design problems.
  3. demonstrate an appreciation of the practical and theoretical nature of human sustainability, in particular the relationship between rational processes and their impact on objects and environments.
  4. observe and employ occupational health and safety appropriate to studio practice.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

On-campus: 4 hours contact including, lecture, practical and tutorial time and 8 hours of private study time are expected to be spent.

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