DSIGN141-18A (HAM)

Design 1

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science


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Paper Description

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This paper explores topics related to creativity using basic elements and methods of design to raise students’ aesthetic awareness and develop their critical judgement. The process also teaches students to look at, see and interpret their environment in original ways. Students will work in both traditional and digital media.
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Paper Structure

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Design studios are 3 x 2 hour studios each week with a lecture weekly.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • DSIGN141-18A Learning outcome
    • Competence

    Demonstrate competence in demonstrating the knowledge of elements and principles of design using design theories and methods.

    • Process

    Use a design process to explore options for solving problems; use and explore elements and principles of design; research and analyse existing and historical design; develop concepts and articulate and exchange these ideas with class members; make informed decisions about criticisms and suggestions; and present works to a professional level.

    • Practice

    Demonstrate an appropriate level of professional practice.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Please taken note that:

*All assignments have to be accompanied by research and process, to prove the originality of the work.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Elements of Design
7 May 2018
5:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Principles of Design
8 Jun 2018
5:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Professional Practice
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Graphic Design: The New Basics, by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips

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Recommended Readings

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Graphic Design Basics, by Amy E Arntson

The Anatomy of Design, by Steven Heller and Mirko IlIc

100 Ideas that change Graphic Design, by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne

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Online Support

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A Moodle page is available for all DSIGN141 students. On this page students will be able to access copies of course handouts and materials including assessment material, supporting pdfs, additional resources and an overview of what will be covered each week. Students are expected to check this site frequently for updates and to participate in discussions and forums provided through the Moodle page.
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Students should expect to spend at least 8 hours per week on this paper, in the following proportions:

  • Studios: 4 - 6 hours
  • Private Study: 4 - 8 hours
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: CGRD161 and CGRD141

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