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Design for High-Complexity (11053.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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This unit builds on previous units and places emphasis on the relationship between the industrial designer and the design for manufacture industry. You will study the way design responds to marketing theory and practice and the influence on product development. Design project/s are the vehicle for developing design solutions in response to more complex range of criterion which may include marketing, ergonomics, production engineering parameters and issues of sustainability and their effects on society. Design outcomes are developed employing relevant digital media, virtual modelling techniques and the application of suitable materials and manufacturing processes.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate and apply a variety of issues involved in the design development;

2. Professionally present design solution using appropriate selection of written, graphic, digital and oral communication;

3. Critically evaluate the way design responds to marketing theory and practice, including the influence on product development; and

4. Synthesise complete process of product development for manufacture.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of on-campus Studio and Computer Labs per week.


11048 Design for Low-Complexity AND 11050 Design for Medium-Complexity


For students enrolled in ARB201 Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) the co-requisite is 11045 Professional Evidence (Design).

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Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8958 Graduation Studio (Industrial Design)

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