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87665 VC Project: Socially Responsive Design

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 87832 VC Design Studio: Design Practice

Description

Teamwork, professionalism and a human-centred approach to design form the basis of this subject. As members of design teams, students take part in live projects, responding to the needs of a community-based organisation as their client. This subject allows students to refine their design practice and learn to work at a professional level. Typical project work includes team and project management, client briefings, empathy research, user testing and product sourcing and specification. Design projects are developed iteratively and are assessed through a series of formal presentation to the client and peer group.

Subject objectives

On successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:

A1. Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of design
C1. Effective written communication skills
C2. Effective oral communication skills
C3. Effective visual presentation skills
C5. Ability to engage with other disciplines/stakeholders
I1. Creatively applied design concepts
I2. Appropriately responds to design context
P2. Rigour and care in documentation of process
P3. Sensitivity to craft
P5. Professional work practices
R1. Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas
R4. Capacity to use a variety of research methods
R6. Ability to reflect on practice

This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of design (A.1)
  • Effective written communication skills (C.1)
  • Effective oral communication skills (C.2)
  • Effective visual presentation skills (C.3)
  • Ability to engage with other disciplines/stakeholders (C.5)
  • Creatively applied design concepts (I.1)
  • Appropriately responds to design context (I.2)
  • Rigour and care in documentation of process (P.2)
  • Sensitivity to craft (P.3)
  • Ethical approaches to practice (P.5)
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas (R.1)
  • Capacity to use a variety of research methods (R.4)
  • Ability to reflect on practice (R.6)

Teaching and learning strategies

Weekly 3 hours tutorial sessions with occasional 1 hour lectures.

The PBL (problem based learning strategy) continues to underpin the learning experience. At this level of study, students are presented with self directed learning options through project choice. Professionally specific visual communication problems are briefed and examined through a number of case studies which introduce students to the role and responsibility of professional designers practising in specialised areas (publishing, corporate identity, television graphics, animation, web design etc). Experience of professional practice is gained by undertaking live projects where students are directly exposed to the role and responsibility of professional designers and the issues surrounding team work and client relationships.

Content

This Community Project subject is offered at a crucial time within the context of the third year of the course where the general focus is on the design profession. It is very important that students have the opportunity to develop ethical values and socially responsible attitudes as part of the process of becoming a professional designer. The subject involves working with a wide range of 'not-for-profit' organisations in giving design assistance where community group funds would normally disallow it.
The students work in small groups with a community client defining the project briefs and attempting to fulfil the project aims to the client's satisfaction. Teamwork, client liaison, the ability to understand and rationalise complex issues, costing analysis, research, professional design skills and presentation are all part of this rich engagement with these worthwhile organisations. The groups will be expected to engage in group or individual tasks in a professional way advised by a supervising lecturer.
A full six credit point subject assumes between 9 and 12 hours work per week (including class contact hours). Therefore, please take this into account in your project planning.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Brief and detailed strategic plan

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

C1, C5, P3, R1 and R4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, C.5, P.3, R.1 and R.4

Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 35%

Assessment task 2: PEP Report

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

P2, P3 and R6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

P.2, P.3 and R.6

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%

Assessment task 3: Community Project - Project groups will present the results of their process and production with a visual presentation (slide, video, pdf etc) and submission of final project

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

A1, C2, C3, I1, I2, P3 and P5

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.1, C.2, C.3, I.1, I.2, P.3 and P.5

Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 55%

Other resources

The Generic Faculty Subject Information Booklet will be available in both hard copy and electronic format. Hard copies will be placed outside the Student Centre (Level 4, DAB Building) for the first two weeks of each semester and teaching period. The electronic version of the booklet will be continuously available via UTS Online and the DAB website www.dab.uts.edu.au/courses/subjects