Digital Design Process - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (15%) , Journal (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit introduces students to Digital Design production processes. By leveraging case studies and investigative approaches, students will be exposed to the essential phases of informed observation, analysis, conceptualisation, production, testing and concept iteration within the context of Digital Design.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and articulate a user focused design problem in terms of its scope, requirements, end-users and deliverables
  2. apply design principles to a design solution
  3. evaluate, reflect upon and refine design solutions
  4. determine the design technologies and resources that will assist in the design process.
  • Case Study (15%)
  • Journal (30%)
  • Presentation — Project Presentation (20%)
  • Project — Final Project (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Role of Design in Society
2Design Thinking: Methodological Approaches
3Meaningful Research and Analysis: Why We Do It
4Design Workflows: Production Processes
5Integrating Design Fundamentals
6Interactions with Design and Technology: A user focused look at Design
7Startups and Design: Art of the Pitch
8Design Communication Fundamentals
9Visual Design Principles: Information Hierarchy
10Fashionable Design: Understanding Trends
11Critical Analysis: Reflective Design Practices
12Future Design: Leveraging Technology

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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