Design and the Environment

Course code IDEA2461Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

Develops the students understanding of the interrelationship between the designer, their designs, and the natural and constructed environments within which they are situated. Building upon the students professional focus and previous experiences it uses a design project as the venue within which research into the surrounding issues is presented in order to both surface the complex and competing considerations, and to justify design decisions taken. Central to this course are the concepts of taking a "cradle to grave" perspective of design and the assessment of the impact of design solutions using Life Cycle Assessment techniques.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs a result of completing this course, students will have the ability to:

1. Respond to current environmental issues as they relate to design in a chosen context.
2. Articulate the problem-solving processes leading to a design solution, using written, graphical and verbal presentation skillls.
3. Operationalise the ideation process, from conception to delivery of a fully developed concept model/prototype.
ContentSocial influences
Social responsibility
Personal choice
Statutory control
Economic constraints
Environmental influences
Life-cycle costing
Green technology
Recycling, reusing and disassembling
Redundant packaging and waste
Design integration

Design process mapped and justified in terms of:
Commercial acceptability
Environmental acceptability
Functional acceptability

Prototype production
Materials selection
Manufacturing process selection
Resource management
Replacing Course(s)IDEA2460
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Negotiated Learning Contract A negotiated design brief leading to a fully developed and documented concept model/prototype.
Presentations - IndividualInterim progress presentation (20 minutes) including PowerPoint and handout material.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Studio: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks