Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2018

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): IDEA2461. Students who have successfully completed IDEA2461 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE2505.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Respond to current sustainability 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 skills.

3. Operationalise the ideation process, from conception to delivery of a fully developed concept model/prototype.


Social 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


This course replaces IDEA2461. If you have successfully completed IDEA2461 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Presentation: Design Brief/Project Presentation

Written Assignment: Design Advantage Proposal

Written Assignment: Project Concept Design Review

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term