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Professional Orientation (11330.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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In this unit students will be introduced to the diverse opportunities in the world of design, communication and the built environment. We will consider aspects of contemporary demands of the profession including social responsibility, ethical and sustainability issues as well as contemporary modes of practice.

The unit covers the aspirations and practicalities of professional operation and considers contemporary demands for new levels of professionalism that address emergent global transformations and challenges.

Methodologically, students will examine the diverse employment opportunities available to them, including creative and entrepreneurial approaches to professional employment, and will start their career awareness and planning through approaches such as five year plans and eportfolios.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify the personal skills, capabilities and knowledge necessary to meet the work standards expected by the design and built environment professions in the workplace;

2. Map out their personal and professional trajectories over the next five years in an eportfolio;

3. Explain the interdependencies and nuances of the various design and built environment professions;

4. Identify the evolving responsibilities of the design, communications and built environment professionals to address contemporary global challenges; and

5. Identify the parameters and diverse opportunities of your discipline and to explore where and how you might play a role in it.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour seminar and 3 hours of workshops/masterclasses on-campus per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

9799 Foundations of Professional Planning, 10334 Professional Orientation (Built Environment), 10336 Professional Orientation (Design) and 10335 Professional Orientation (Communication and Media).

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