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DESN1000: Principles of Design

This unit of study allows students to develop an understanding of the foundation of human factors upon which much successful design is based. Students learn about the basic physical and cognitive principles (ergonomics, heuristics, human-centredness) incorporated in successful designs across a wide variety of different sectors. Students are provided with the tools to evaluate existing designs according to widely accepted design principles. They learn to apply these principles in practice in order to improve the usability, clarity and overall quality of their own designs. Through a series of academically researched case studies they reflect upon how these principles are applied in existing designs. To further develop their understanding of the design principles, they then complete a small re-design exercise. The case studies are chosen to cover a range of different domains, including products, systems, organisations, and services.

Code DESN1000
Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. demonstrate the effective usage of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
  • LO2. practice design skills reflectively
  • LO3. demonstrate increased fundamental knowledge of guiding principles.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.