University of Technology Sydney

85604 Reflective Practice

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Professional designers are reflective practitioners, reflecting on their designs and their designing, while designing and after completing a job. Expert designers share their reflections with their peers and actively challenge the habits and prejudices revealed by their reflections. Through a series of readings, design exercises and writing exercises, students learn how to notice aspects of their designing worth reflecting on, how to interrogate what they notice, develop and test theories about their designing, and how to implement changes to the way they design.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. the nature of design expertise as opposed to creative intuition, craft skills and technical rationality
2. theories of reflective practice in relation to design
3. theories of behavioural and attitudinal change.
4. describe their design processes in sharable ways
5. notice anomalies in their design processes
6. develop and evaluate hypotheses about their design processes
7. implement iterative action-research strategies for interrogating their design processes
8. modify their design processes.

Teaching and learning strategies

Students are expected to attend weekly lectures followed by tutorial workshops that extend the knowledge introduced in the lecture and from weekly readings. A reflective journal, together with written and visual outcomes, are strategies used to examine the learning.

Content (topics)

This subject addresses some or all of the following issues and topics:

  • Reflexes, Reflexivity and Reflections
  • Auto-ethnography, Narrative Inquiry, Action Research
  • Reflective Practice in non-design professions: management, nursing, teaching
  • Design expertise
  • Theories of behaviour and attitudinal change, Espoused theories and Theories-in-use


Assessment task 1: Assessment 1

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 2: Assessment 2

Weight: 40%

Assessment task 3: Assessment 3

Weight: 30%