OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Focuses on management and communication processes, as they apply to both design and technological processes in commercial/ industrial settings. Skills in the visualisation of design solutions will be developed through the use of graphs, charts, sketches and technical drawing to communicate the development of appropriate design projects and project planning and management.

Unit content

Management in design and technology

  1. Factors affecting management
  2. The decision-making process
  3. Management in commercial and industrial settings
  4. Management theories and styles
  5. The role of Standards Australia, Innovation Australia and IP Australia  in designing
  6. Management of time, finance and resources.
  7. Past, present and emerging technologies

Communication in design and technology

  1. Forms of communications
  2. Elements of the communication process
  3. Criteria for evaluating communication
  4. Communication media
  5. Visualising solutions:
    • Using graphs and charts
    • Sketches and drawing
    • Technical drawings
    • Purpose and use of prototypes and modelling
  6. Graphics skills and techniques:
    • Awareness of diversity of available commercial and open source software packages
    • Hand and computer-based skills and techniques
    • Application to support design projects
  7. CAD software skills and CAM techniques:
    • Knowledge of diverse ICT technologies for design, drafting and manufacture.
    • Skills and techniques in the design and development of design solutions
  8. Presentation techniques

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (3 weeks)
Structured online learning self paced (self paced)
Industry study40%
Management and communication of design projects60%

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Fee information


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