The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Today's society surrounds us with examples of design. This course examines the effects design has on everyday life. Students are introduced to evaluation of design and design processes through projects and written research-based tasks. Awareness and knowledge of contemporary design and its pivotal role in today's society is developed through the lecture program and tutorial discussions. In this course the topics covered, along with the associated assessment tasks, contribute to the development of the value of social, cultural, physical and intellectual diversity.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Examine the role of the designer in society in facilitating and enriching the physical environment.

2. Research the interdependent relationship between design and culture.

3. Develop academic rigour, critical thinking and a range of literacy skills basic to design professions.

4. Gain knowledge of writing and research methods including the World Wide Web as a research tool.

5. Strengthen oral presentation techniques.


Topics may include:

  1. mass marketing
  2. corporate identity
  3. symbolism
  4. design responsibilities
  5. critical analysis, What is 'good design?'
  6. aesthetics
  7. fashion
  8. technology
  9. research methodologies

Assessment items

Presentation: Oral Presentation and Essay

Project: Independent Design Project

Journal: Visual Diary

Quiz: Design Quiz

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks