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)Ms Anna Daly


This unit is intended for design students planning to further their studies beyond the undergraduate degree. It aims to provide the foundation for advanced design research skills and a capacity for critical thinking appropriate to honours and further postgraduate levels.
The unit examines a number of methodological approaches to design research, from the analytical to the phenomenological, the discursive and the poetic. The complex intersection between studio research and conventional research will also be explored. In doing so students will be able to evaluate their own practice and position it within a broader framework of geographic, historical, political, economic and social contexts. The unit will expose students to the diverse techniques utilized in information gathering and will emphasize the efficient management of bibliographic resources. More advanced writing skills will be developed.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Indicate a capacity to critically evaluate contemporary design practice with reference to various geographic, social, economic, political and historical contexts;
  2. articulate their own position in reference to these contexts;
  3. participate in intelligent debate regarding design criticism both verbally and in written form;
  4. demonstrate strong writing skills; and,
  5. establish sound bibliographic management skills.


Written assignment (2000 words): 30%
Essay (3000 words) including class presentation: 70%

Workload requirements

On-campus: One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial plus 9 independent study hours per week

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