Course Outline

DES106 Design in Application

Course Coordinator:Kellie O'Dempsey ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2021Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Showing how spaces, objects, packages, signage and almost everything else designers create look when translated into the real world is a major requirement in putting together client presentations. Such presentations provide the opportunity for designers to show clients and colleagues what the project they are commissioning looks like and thereby give them the opportunity to give valuable feedback prior to the project going into production. This course will give students the skills and knowledge to bring their designs into the virtual world for application in a number of presentation scenarios.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Lecture – 1 hour online lecture content for 12 weeks (or equivalent). 1hr Week 1 12 times
Laboratory 1 – In-class laboratory 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Lecture – 1 hour online content for 12 weeks (or equivalent). 1hr Week 1 12 times
Laboratory 1 – Interactive zoom laboratory 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

3D Design 
3D Printing 
Virtual environments 
3D Sound 
Virtual reality 
Augmented reality 
Generative design 
Industry pathways 
Immersive worlds 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Construct drawings, scenes and models that represent the nuances presented by objects in the real world. Creative and critical thinker
2 Using 3D software, compose and model objects and scenes containing a range of forms with different physical characteristics. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Choose and utilise design strategies to create components for specific elements within the modelled scene (i.e. textures). Creative and critical thinker
4 Critically evaluate work in progress and make and justify creative decisions. Knowledgeable
5 Research and apply theoretical knowledge needed to produce a fully rendered and textured virtual image. Knowledgeable
6 Document and communicate your creative and technical process through visual and written modes. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Students should be familiar with working with computers and design software.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will participate in in-class critiques sessions on a weekly basis starting in Week 1.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 40%
Model plus 8-12 pages
Week 7 Online Submission
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 40%
Final creative artefact plus 8-12 pages support material
Exam Period Online Submission
All 3 Artefact - Creative Individual 20%
4 screenshots in a single document
Week 13 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:3D modelling and scene.
Using 3D software, the goal of the task is to replicate how objects behave in the real world and how their visual properties are modified by light.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Professional format. You will design a challenging scene containing various objects. Using 3D software you will create a number of models of differing complexity and assemble these models to re-create your scene. You will document your creative process and submit with your scene. Full details are available on Blackboard in the Assessment Folder.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Detail and accuracy of individual models
Skill development and experimentation
2 3
Planning and construction of models and scene
3 4 5
Communication of creative process
4 6
All - Assessment Task 2:Virtual scene
You will evaluate and apply a range of rendering and image editing techniques in order to create a fully rendered virtual scene
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Professional format. You are to render your 3D scene using rendering and post production software to create a photo realistic image. You will document your creative process and submit with your image. Your final creative artefact could include interactivity, animation or spatial audio. Full details are available on Blackboard in the Assessment Folder.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Production of a fully rendered ‘photo real’ image.
Detail and accuracy of final rendering
2 3
Skill development and experimentation
2 3
Application of theoretical knowledge to the planning and setting up of the rendered
Communication of creative process
4 6
All - Assessment Task 3:Four in-class learning exercises.
You will build the technical and design skills through completion of four specific tasks.
Product: Artefact - Creative
Professional / Industry format. Fourset-pieces that include drawing, photo-imaging and modelling exercises, each demonstrating an understanding of, and basic proficiency with, an aspect of 3D modelling and raster based image editing software. Full details are available on Blackboard in the Assessment Folder.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Detail and accuracy of 3D modelling and final rendering
Skill development and proficiency
2 4
Application of theoretical knowledge to the set exercises

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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