Designers must be able to think critically and apply or develop problem solving strategies to address the diversity of real world challenges. However, in an ever changing physical and technological environment, it is increasingly difficult to predict just what those encounters might be. This course is intended to engage you with many current themes and processes informing contemporary design practice and to open up discussions about our rapidly changing world. You will collaborate to develop design solutions that respond to social, cultural and ecological challenges.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop||2hrs||Week 1||10 times|
|Seminar – All cohort seminar||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||3 times|
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning materials||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop||2hrs||Week 1||10 times|
|Seminar – All cohort seminar||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||3 times|
Design futures - how did we get here?
Sustainability and changing climates
Big data and artificial intelligence
Food futures and agtech
Speculative design and digital fabication
Virtual and augmented worlds
Preparing for an unpredictable future
200 Level (Developing)
|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||Critically evaluate and use problem-solving strategies to address complex real-world problems.||Creative and critical thinker|
|2||Apply design thinking to respond to identified social and practical challenges.||Empowered|
|3||Collaborate to develop design solutions that meet the needs of a target audience.||Empowered|
|4||Communicate about design and future trends and your decision-making processes through visual and written modes.||Engaged|
|5||Interpret design theory and social trends to make predictions about design futures.||Knowledgeable|
|6||Interpret and reflect on design ethics and inclusive design practices to produce socially engaged, agile, relevant and impactful design outcomes||
|7||Develop culturally sensitive design skills that respond to place, embrace sustainability, and acknowledge Indigenous protocols and perspectives.||
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Formative feedback will be provided via group discussion and weekly critiques of practical exercises and assessment work-in-progress during the tutorials.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
10-minute presentation, slide deck and research documentation (500 words)
|Week 6||In Class|
|Week 12||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual||40%||
Documentation of creative artefact (PDF or audio-visual material, 2000 words equivalent), supporting research, 250 word critical reflection
|Exam Period||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Wicked Problems Design Challenge|
The goal of this task is for you to develop problem solving, design thinking, teamwork and project management skills as you collaborate with a group to develop a design solution in response to a wicked problem.
Working in a team of 3-5 students, you will develop a design solution in response to an identified 'wicked problem' - a current social, cultural or ecological challenge that is difficult to solve. Each group will design and deliver a 10-minute presentation with slides addressing the wicked problem, the background research and the proposed solution with an original concept or prototype. Your proposed solution must draw on the design methods and approaches introduced in this course. The oral presentation will be followed by a 5-minute Q&A and supported by the submission of the groups slide deck and research documentation.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Design Futures Book Review|
You will select a book that aligns with your personal interests in design futures and write a critical review that analyses and reflects on the key insights, innovations, weaknesses and propositions.
The purpose of a book review is to provide a clear and engaging summary of the text, a critical reflection on the content and connect prospective readers with the key insights and success or failures of the publication. Your task is to choose a book from the design futures reading list and analyse its content, role, and position/proposition in relation to the future. You will need to set your review of the book specifically within design futures thinking and apply relevant design theory. The review should include a clear introduction and summary of the book, the key evidence the author is presenting, critical reflection on the context of the work (including additional academic references) the conclusions the author makes and your personal analysis of the text with closing reflections on design futures. Your review should be suitable for publication using professional communication and academic references.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Alternative Futures|
This goal of this task is to create an original creative project that illustrates the ways in which the political, ecological, social and/or technological structures of the present might evolve over the next 50 years. The project will propose an alternative future based on your analysis of contemporary trends and theories and will be presented in an exhibition environment.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
The 'Alternative Futures' task allows you to develop and apply key design skills covered in this course through an original creative project. The design medium is flexible (and must be negotiated with your tutor) but may include developing a large-scale illustration, augmented reality experience, 360 video, 3D printed artefact, photography or mixed media. Your projects will be presented in the Design Futures showcase at the end of semester in a small exhibition environment. The exhibition will be supported by an online submission with documentation of your creative artefact (PDF or audio-visual material), supporting research and a 250 word critical reflection on your project and proposed alternative future.
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.
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