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DECO2015: Responsible Design for Innovation

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study introduces students to design strategies and techniques to foster inclusion and participation with a variety of stakeholders to develop alternative and responsible points of view in iterative design innovation. Through the analysis of real-world case studies students will develop an understanding for collaborative approaches to tackle complex problems. The unit will discuss how design can be used as a method and as a way of thinking to drive responsible innovation for products, services and processes. In the tutorial component, students will apply design strategies and techniques through small group exercises and develop a deeper understanding of them through the assessment items, which capture theory, analytical reflection, and the practical application of methods.

Unit details and rules

Unit code DECO2015
Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 6
DECO2016 or DECO1006
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Phillip Gough,
Lecturer(s) Phillip Gough,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Podcast Peer Review
Peer review of podcast
Due date: 09 Nov 2022 at 23:59
1 Page maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Annotated Bibliography
Annotated bibliography using methods described in tutorials.
20% Week 04
Due date: 23 Aug 2023 at 23:59
Max. 4 Pages and Class Participation
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Case Study
Case study of a design using a given topic
25% Week 08
Due date: 20 Sep 2022 at 23:59
5 Pages maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment group assignment Design Fiction
Speculative Fiction
20% Week 10
Due date: 11 Oct 2022 at 23:59
4 Pages maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Group Podcast
Group podcast discussion of design fiction
30% Week 13
Due date: 01 Nov 2022 at 23:59
10 minutes maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

This course incloudes a group activity, that involves creating a speculative fiction (20%), and discussing it through a group podcast (30%). The entire group component is 50% of the marks.

The remainder is individual, including an annotated bibliography (20%), a peer-review of another group’s podcast (5%) and a case study activity (25%).

You must submit all activities to pass this course.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes
assessed. The work shows significant innovation, experimentation, critical
analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or exceptional skill.


75 - 84

Work of excellent quality, demonstrating a sound grasp of the learning outcomes
assessed. The work shows innovation, experimentation, critical analysis,
synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or superior skill.


65 - 74

Work of good quality, demonstrating more than satisfactory achievement of the
learning outcomes assessed, or work of excellent quality for a majority of the
learning outcomes assessed.


50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% of total available marks per calendar day.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Rhetorical Design Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Complaint! Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 03 Design Justice Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 Colonisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 05 Identity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 06 Accessibility Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 07 Autonomy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 08 Design Fiction Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Sustainability Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 10 Privacy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 11 Manifesto Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Design Methods [suck] Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 13 Biases Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Please refer to the Resolutions of the University School:

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of rhetorical design
  • LO2. critique strategies and techniques and technologies used in responsible design, services or processes
  • LO3. analyse literature in regard to existing designs
  • LO4. communicate complexity with clarity to a range of audiences
  • LO5. demonstrate cross-disciplinary teamwork.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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