The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project into an area of the design profession they wish to pursue upon graduation, through work, or further studies. Students will be required to research the cultural, economic and legislative contexts in which their area of design interest are embedded in.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Detail and explain the importance of basic financial and business knowledge for designers;

2. Interpret and apply the legal, regulative and administrative requirements for as a design professional;

3. Apply their creative expertise to the area of marketing, promotion and communication relevant to their position and goals;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to systematically discuss, a range of ethical issues, perspectives and debates relevant to design practice.


Topics will include:

  1. Business in the creative industries: type, scope, depth and models;
  2. Marketing: methods and techniques;
  3. Business development;
  4. Project planning, finance and management;
  5. The nature of ethics and the methodology for addressing ethical dilemmas and disputes;
  6. Selected ethical issues in design practice, which may include conflicts of interest, plagiarism, criticism of another designer’s work, and other issues arising out of the code of ethics.


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed DESN2003 and DESN2004 OR NHIL2001 and NHIL2002. If you have completed DESN3300 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks