Focuses on the development and interdisciplinary nature of design and technology and the associated industries. A holistic approach to design and technology is taken through a study of technacy, ecological sustainability and appropriate technology. The foundational concepts of design are defined and the use of design processes introduced. Factors affecting design and the work of designers across a range of settings including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are examined.
- The nature of technology and design and the industries associated with them - What is design and what is a designer? - A structural view of design - Specialisations within design practice (industrial, interior, graphic) - The role of technology in design
- Interdisciplinary nature of design and technology - disciplines such as mathematics, sciences, fine arts and humanities - Relationship between the disciplines - Historical perspectives - Concepts of 'good' design - A modern perspective
- Holistic approach to design and technology - Technacy - Ecological sustainability, including renewable energy systems and resource conservation - Appropriate technology: Indigenous perspectives
- Defining foundational concepts of design: Creativity, innovative, enterprise, ethics, social and environmental sustainability - Definitions of design concepts - How design is perceived - Design as a learning tool - Useful design and design appeal - Making design decisions
- Factors influencing design including design purpose and setting, human, technical and environmental factors - Factors affecting design and production - Analysis of design products
- Experimentation, evaluation and research processes - Research methods (qualitative and quantitative) - Testing and experimenting
- Introduction to design processes (general introduction) - Designing for products, systems and environment - The design process in context - Application of the design process
- The work of past and current designers across a range of settings including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (including case study analysis).
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain the nature of design and technology and the industries associated with them||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||discuss the interdisciplinary nature of design and technology||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||apply a holistic approach when explaining the factors influencing design||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|4||define each of the foundation concepts of design||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|5||outline the processes of experimentation, evaluation and research||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||discuss the use of design processes as applied in the development of projects||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||discuss the work of designers across a range of settings including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Indigenous peoples.||Cultural competence|
- Glover, N, 2006, Design and technology: Preliminary and HSC., 1st edn, Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170130721.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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