Contexts of Design and Technology

Course code DESN1471Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Introduces students to the role of the designer in today's society and examines the role of the designer from professional and interrelated philosophical viewpoints. Environmental issues and aspects of professional practice are developed. Students are encouraged to develop ethical, historical, social, technical concepts and other aspects that inform their design world through an introduction to research methods.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic research methods relevant to design theory.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of design
craft tradition
Industrial revolution
modern design movements.
3. Understand the role of technology in design.
4. Demonstrate and apply an understanding of contemporary issues in design
social issues
environmental issues
professional issues.
Content1. The craft tradition
2. The industrial revolution
3. Modern design movement in theory and practice
4. Contemporary issues in design
5. Design ethics
6. Design aesthetics
7. Technological revolution
8. Information technology in design
9. Research methods
10. Historic issues in design and technology
11. Social and environmental issues in design and technology.
Replacing Course(s)DESN1460
TransitionDESN1471 replaces DESN1460. Students who have passed DESN1460 cannot count DESN1471 for credit. Students who have failed DESN1460 should enrol in DESN1471.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term