Design Management and Quality Systems - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessments - Information via blackboard (100%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,520.00
International 2,770.00

In this unit, you will investigate principles of design management and practice in relation to key stages in the design process, together with quality control strategies in the context of local, national and global industry settings for effective design outcomes.

You will examine principles and approaches that inform professional practice and outcomes in design, such as competitor analysis, design auditing, project and studio management, professional ethics and intellectual property law.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Identify and assess the personnel roles and skills required within the design studio or design business.
  • Debate design management issues relevant to end product and delivery within local, national and global markets.
  • Analyse the stages within the design process and critically evaluate their interrelationships with design management principles, planning models and design project co-ordination.
  • Interpret quality systems issues and strategically plan quality processes to achieve effective design outcomes.
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities to develop competitive and sustainable design strategies for a global market.

In this unit you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgment and ethical responsibility.
  • Undertake research into contemporary media and communication theory and practice to explore possible industry and career directions.
  • Assessments — Information via blackboard (100%)

This unit is for Master of Communication Design students only. If you want to take this unit as an elective you must contact RMIT for approval.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Module 1: 4 weeks (weeks 1-4) The Design Group
2Module 2: 4 weeks (weeks 5-8) The Design Process
3Module 3: 4 weeks (weeks 9-12) Quality Systems
4Week 13: Review
5Week 14: Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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