PPR4002 - Professional practice and business planning for design - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Ms Robyn Robins

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit investigates project and design research management strategies. Topics include research methods and their application, design (research) criteria, client's intentions, market identification and user needs, manufacturing and environmental issues. Management issues, contracts - contract law, planning and administration, statutory authority approvals, cost planning, staff resource allocation, and budget planning.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. be able to identify key issues which influence the outcome of design projects
  2. be capable of planning design research
  3. be able to effectively communicate design research criteria which meets management objectives
  4. be aware of planning and scheduling methods for the implementation of design projects
  5. understand the role and consequences of design contracts
  6. be aware of human resource issues on budget planning


Business plan (3500 words) 60% + Individual contribution 10% + Class paper (1500 words) 30%

Workload requirements

2 hours of lectures/tutorials and 10 hours of independent study.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Entry into the Master of Design by coursework.


PPR3108, PPR3107, PPR3712