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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 and developing outcomes inspired by research in a contemporary global context. This subject allows students to refine their design practice and learn to work collaboratively 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, regularly critiqued in peer groups and assessed through a series of formal presentations to the client and peer group.

This subject is offered at a crucial time in the third year of the course where the general focus is on the design profession. It provides students with an authentic work experience in which they develop ethical values and socially responsible attitudes as part of becoming a professional designer. The subject involves working with a wide range of 'not-for-profit' community organisations, providing design assistance where limited funding would normally disallow it.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

A1. Engage with the social and cultural dimensions of design (A-1)
A2. Analyse and synthesise a client context (A-2)
A3. Critically reflect on practice (A-3)
C1. Communicate work through oral, visual and written presentation (C-1)
C2. Work collaboratively with peers to respond to a client brief (C-2)
I-1. Generate and apply creative design concepts in response to design contexts (I-1)
P1. Apply sensitivity to craft in visual processing (P-1)
P2. Work collaboratively with other disciplines/stakeholders (P-2)
R2. Utilise appropriate research methods (R-2)

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply sensitive and respectful behaviours in diverse social and cultural contexts (A.1)
  • Awareness of and/or engagement with sustainable and socially responsible practices (A.2)
  • Reflective approaches to design practice (A.3)
  • Professional and academic visual, oral and written presentation skills (C.1)
  • A capacity to collaborate effectively in a variety of group work contexts (C.2)
  • Capacity to create designs that respond to their context in formally or conceptually innovative ways (I.1)
  • Independent development of high level technical and craft skills for the production, presentation and documentation of your work (P.1)
  • Awareness of and/or engagement with the local and global design community (P.2)
  • Employ a range of qualitative research approaches including practice-led visual and material exploration and social and participatory methods (R.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is structured into weekly 3-hour tutorial sessions from 2–5pm on Thursdays with occasional 1-hour lectures from 12pm–1pm. Please check the program in this outline for dates.

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). Authentic experience of professional practice is gained by undertaking live projects directly exposing students to the role and responsibility of professional designers and the issues surrounding team work and client relationships. Activities for this subject are structured according to the following:

Lectures introduce key principles and dimensions of professional work practices in visual communication, through case studies situated within broader social and cultural contexts. They will add to your understanding of and give your work meaning in a contemporary global setting.

Tutorials. Students work in small groups with a community client to define the project brief and work to fulfill 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. Students will be expected to engage in a professional way in group and individual tasks, advised by a supervising lecturer.

Pre-work. The program includes pre-work sections each week that describe what you need to do to prepare for and bring to lectures and tutorials. Learning activities variously engage students in secondary research, online discussion, peer-group critique on work in progress and client presentations. At the end of each session, please read the Pre-work section for the next session.

This full six-credit point subject requires between 9 and 12 hours of work per week (including class contact hours). Therefore, please take this into account in your project planning.

Content (topics)

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

Intent:

This is an authentic assessment task providing you with an opportunity to meet real-life clients, extract and amend project briefs and devise a design strategy. The task mirrors professional practice by requiring you to research your clients' backgrounds, liaise with clients and studio leaders, and obtain clients' sign off on the final briefing document.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

A2, C1 and R2

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.2, C.1 and R.2

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 35%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Capacity to use a variety of research methods evident in your background research, briefing document and strategic plan 33 R2 R.2
Ability to analyse and synthesise complex ideas in defining a brief and strategic plan that takes into account the clients context 33 A2 A.2
Effective written communication skills in the briefing document and strategic plan, with clear organisation of content and concise descriptions 34 C1 C.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: PEP Report

Intent:

In this task you will write a report on your professional experience program. You will reflect on your industry placement.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

A3 and P1

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.3 and P.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Ability to reflect on practice as evident in the PEP report 50 A3 A.3
Sensitivity to craft, and rigour and care in documentation of PEP experience, as demonstrated in the design and production of the PEP report. 50 P1 P.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

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

Intent:

This assessment task requires project groups to present the results of their collaboration on the project, including liaison with the client, documentation of the design process, production of a prototype and visual presentation (slides, video, pdf etc) of the outcomes. Its purpose is to emulate professional collaboration in the production of socially responsive design. The group project will allow you to explore the client brief developed in task 1. You will work as a group to develop a design project. The project will be evaluated on the basis of your response to the needs of your community based organisation and the level of professional practice and presentation.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

A1, C1, C2, I-1, P1, P2 and R2

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.1, C.2, I.1, P.1, P.2 and R.2

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 55%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of design 14 A1 A.1
Degree of creativity or innovation in the groupís solution to the communication objectives of the community client 14 I-1 I.1
Design aesthetic and solution appropriate for the clientís needs and context 14 P2 P.2
Sensitivity to craft. Level of attention to design detail in the work presented to the client 14 P1 P.1
Quality of the oral and visual communication skills in the final client presentation 14 C1 C.1
Professionalism of the groupís approach, including ability to work as a team, timing, deadlines client liaison etc 14 C2 C.2
Professional work practices as evident in the quality of the client interim presentation where prototyping is used as a means of learning about the effectiveness of the design solution 16 R2 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Other resources

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