Design Contexts 4: Why - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Design

Course code DESN2004Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This course explores the various roles, functions and applications of visual communication design in contemporary society. It seeks to explore social significance of visual communication design as a practice that can be frivolous and profound, or ubiquitous and ephemeral.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of various roles, functions or applications of visual communication design;
2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the social significance of various roles, functions or applications of visual communication design;
3. Competently conduct academic research and demonstrate relevant information literacy;
4. Competently express their research findings using appropriate oral presentation techniques and written forms of communication.
ContentTopics will include:
1. Visual communication design as educative or informative;
2. Visual communication design as entertaining or playful;
3. Visual communication as frivolous or wasteful.
Replacing Course(s)DESN3000 Visual Communication: Forms and Functions
TransitionDESN2004 replaced DESN3000 'Visual Communication: Forms and Functions' in 2014. Students who have successfully completed DESN3000 will not be required to complete DESN2004. Credit cannot be obtained for both DESN2004 and DESN3000.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMust have successfully completed:
DESN 1001 Design Contexts 1 &
DESN 1002 Design Contexts 2
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Individual
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have successfully completed both
DESN 1001 or DESN1471; and DESN 1002 or DESN1470.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for DESN2004