IDE2120 - Designing for sustainability - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robbie Napper


Mr Marinos Drakopoulos

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


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.


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

  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% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 contact hours plus 8 hours of independent study.

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