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DESN1001: Design Theory and Culture

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

The role of design, and the designer, within contemporary society, is continuously evolving. This unit provides a concise overview of the evolution of design over the last century, drawing on some of the prominent theoretical frameworks, practices and perspectives that have influenced and shaped the discipline. In this unit, students will explore the shift from traditional production-based practices to human-centred design and more recent thinking around decolonised and post-anthropogenic futures. In interrogating discourse of design theory and culture, students will develop the fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research in the discipline, including locating and evaluating sources, critical thinking and reflection.

Unit details and rules

Unit code DESN1001
Academic unit Design Lab
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Jody Watts, jody.watts@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Annotated Bibliography
Annotated bibliography
15% Week 04
Due date: 25 Aug 2023 at 23:59
600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Annotated Bibliography 2
Annotated bibliography
25% Week 08
Due date: 22 Sep 2023 at 23:59
1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Complex Transformation Report
Individual visual report
60% Week 13
Due date: 03 Nov 2023 at 17:31
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary

Annotated Bibliography 1: In this activity, students demonstrate an understanding of the theories covered in class by undertaking scholarly research to identify relevant academic papers. Students will complete an annotated bibliography that identifies and critically analyses at a relevant pieces of writing related to one of the themes covered in class. Please see the assessment description for further information.

Annotated Bibliography 2: In this activity, students respond to peer and tutor feedback from annotated bibliography 1 to complete an extended annotated bibliography that identifies and critically analyses two further pieces of writing related to one of the themes covered in class. Please see the assessment description for further information.

Complex Transformation Report: Students will produce a written report that critically analyses each of the five orders of design covered in class and applies the theoretical principles to redesign to objects. Please see the assessment description for further information.

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

Description

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.

Distinction

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.

Credit

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.

Pass

50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed.

Fail

0 - 49

Work that does not demonstrate satisfactory achievement of one or more of the learning outcomes assessed.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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% deduction per 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 Five orders of design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Five orders of design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Positionality, Critique & Reflection Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Positionality, Critique & Reflection Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Graphic Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Graphic Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Graphic Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Graphic Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Industrial Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Industrial Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Industrial Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Industrial Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Interaction Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Interaction Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Interaction Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Interaction Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Systems Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Systems Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Systems Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Systems Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Transformation Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Transformation Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Transformation Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Transformation Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Five Orders of Design Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Five Orders of Design Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Please refer to the Resolutions of the University School: http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/architecture/rules/faculty_resolutions.shtml

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. understand and identify historical and contemporary theories relevant to the design discipline
  • LO2. identify and critically analyse theories that form the basis of design cultures
  • LO3. apply appropriate design research methodologies to support research activity
  • LO4. demonstrate a deep understanding of critical reflection
  • LO5. communicate concepts visually and present in a professional manner

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The content and tutorial tasks have been amended in response to student and tutor feedback.

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