Subject details

  • Topics
    • Design-based Creative Brainstorming
    • Principles that influence the way a design is perceived
    • Principles that help people to learn from a design
    • Principles that enhance the usability of a design
    • Principles that increase the appeal of a design
    • Principles that can help a designer to make better design decisions
    • Production Workflow Approaches
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  1. identify universal design principles in designed artefacts and recognise their role in shaping the effectiveness of the user experience
  2. compare design approaches to understand and justify design decisions
  3. work collaboratively to apply design principles to generate effective design outcomes
  4. conceptualise design solutions that improve design functionality and effectiveness
  5. analyse the use of technology in relation to the functionality of a designed artefact.
  • Assignment 1 - Blog/journal (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Reflection (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Group project (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-DIG272

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as DIG272 Universal Design Principles.

This subject emphasises the importance of considering end users when developing a design experience. Students will be introduced to a set of ‘universal’ design principles that are common to all disciplines of user experience design. By analysing case studies through this framework of universal design principles, students will have an opportunity to hone their awareness of user-centred design and consider how individual elements may be shaped to improve the users’ experience. Students will synthesise these universal design principles by developing a user-centred solution to a discipline-relevant design problem.

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