TDN5001 - Research methods in industrial design - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Ian Wong


Mr Ian Wong

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester (extended) 2018 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Second semester (extended) 2018 (On-campus block of classes)


Admission to F6005 (double award Master of Industrial Design with SouthEast University, China).


The unit develops the capacity to confidently engage in current design research practice and methods. Regular group and individual critiques of the design research applied to a project will be undertaken. Both the intentions of students and the results of their work are debated in group discussions and critical sessions. Students will be expected to demonstrate a capability to investigate design research as part of design practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Investigate a range of current design research methods for design practice;
  2. Evaluate and apply design research methods to a design project, demonstrating a synthesis of complex theories, concepts and propositions;
  3. Communicate specific design strategies and approaches reflecting on the outcomes of design research in design practice;
  4. Clearly articulate a design methodology and its critical application to the discourse of a design practice.


Preliminary review and analysis (30%)

Exegetical presentation (70%)

Workload requirements

Block mode: 36 hours and 108 hours independent study; On campus: 4 contact hours and 8 hours of independent study per week.

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