• Class Number 7426
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Beck Davis
    • Dr Beck Davis
    • Prof Mitchell Whitelaw
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course provides a platform for authentic professional engagements with design industry and the general public. It involves a range of different engagement opportunities which may include an internship placement, industry mentoring, and/or public works. The course provides students with a grounding in professional design practice, exploring practical and ethical aspects of professional design. It requires students to apply and extend their design knowledge and skills through engagement projects requiring adaptability, collaboration, professional and ethical conduct.

The engagement topic is agreed between the student and the course convenor. Internship placements are by negotiation and subject to availability.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Engage with industry and the general public as an informed and ethical professional.
  2. Demonstrate design expertise and ingenuity through the development of solutions tailored to cultural and technical contexts.
  3. Develop practical and ethical design processes for collaborating with peers and the public.
  4. Conduct research into design methodologies and outcomes, adapt and apply findings to design process and production.
  5. Substantiate design process and product with in-depth research and rationale.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is informed by design theory, methods and contemporary practice.

Field Trips

Field trips might be required as part of your client engagement project. If this is the case, all trips must meet the relevant SOAD fieldwork protocol and have appropriate WH&S approval before taking place.

Additional Course Costs

Students may incur additional costs as part of their individual project development. Costs will depend on the scale of the project.


Depending on your major and which workshop you may like to access as part of your chosen project, you may need to pay a workshop fee. Additionally, in order to produce

models (to scale or 1:1) will require you to purchase materials in accordance with the ANU Makerspace policy (what you pay for and make you keep). This Workshop Fee is for additional access to the workshop and use of equipment, tooling and consumable items during extra hours. It is not essential to course completion.

Payment of the Workshop Fee is optional, but if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshops outside of stated course hours is not allowed. Please refer to the policy on Required Resources and Incidental Fees. https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees

Examination Material or equipment

Funding for the production of prototypes is supported by the ANU Design Studio. More information will be provided during class.

Required Resources

Please refer to Wattle and associated links for a recommended reading list and support material.

Funding for the production of prototypes is supported by the ANU Design Studio. More information will be provided during class.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course overview & expectations. Collaborative tools & technology (software orientation)
2 Guest Lecture (1). Activity: Group formation Group contract
3 Guest Lecture (2). Activity: Lightning talks, project research Lightning Talks Groups 1 & 2
4 Guest Lecture (3). Activity: Lightning talks, project research Lightning Talks Groups 3 & 4
5 Guest Lecture (4). Activity: Consultations (feedback) & project development Lightning Talks Groups 5 & 6 Project Feedback, peers & staff
6 In-class presentations. Assessment 1: Design Research & Creative Direction
7 Guest Lecture (5). Activity: Consultations (feedback), group work & project development Project feedback, peers & staff
8 Consultations. Activity: Group work & project development
9 Peer evaluation (groups). Activity: Group work & project development Project feedback, peers & staff
10 Consultations. Activity: Group work & project development Assessment 2: Reflective Practice
11 Activity: Group work & project development
12 In-class presentations Assessment 3 (i) Group Presentation
13 Exam block: Friday 5 November (ii) Group Documentation
14 Exam block: Monday 8 November (iii) Individual Peer Evaluation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Design Research & Creative Direction 30 % 01/09/2021 15/09/2021 2,3
Reflective Practice 20 % 15/10/2021 29/10/2021 1,3
Design Project: Industry Engagement 50 % 27/10/2021 02/12/2021 2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Group and peer evaluation will take place throughout the semester. This course focuses on collaborative design practices, in-class participation is the preferred mode of engagement.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Design Research & Creative Direction

Working in groups, students will select a real world design opportunity from a pool of client-initiated projects shared during class. For the first assessment item, groups will coordinate and prepare a design research presentation based on an industry-inspired opportunity or challenge. Contemporary design practice methods - shared during class and made available via Wattle - will form the basis of the design approach (see non-assessed requirements at the base of this summary). Real world projects will span Not-for-Profit, Government organisations, university research institutes, StartUp enterprises and/or private organisations.

Groups will present their research and will include 3 x design concepts, that have the potential to be developed further (interim comments and feedback gathered from industry partner/s can be used to illustrate and/or justify a particular project direction). This assessment will involve peer and staff discussion and critique. Students are expected to maintain the upmost professionalism when working with each other, university staff and external stakeholders. *WH&S protocols must be followed, field trips (off-site) will need to be approved, please consult the course convenor if you have questions about this.

Presentation 10 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes questions & discussion.

Presentations will include an overview of the groups'

  • design research (client, context, group dynamic, project frame, design research, design methods, project plan, aims & objectives), and
  • creative direction (3 x design concepts)
  • Presentations will take place during class on Wednesday 1 September (week 6)
  • 1 x person per group will be responsible (on behalf of the group) for submitting a copy of the presentation including relevant supporting material by 6pm

Assessment Criteria. The group submission will be assessed on its demonstration of:

1. Ability to substantiate early stage design ideas with research and documentation

2. Identify appropriate design methods, and illustrate design ideas for further development (3 x design concepts)

3. Professional and ethical engagement with group members, clients and stakeholders

4. Effective visual, oral or written communication strategies

Non-assessed : 5 minute group Lightning Talks to be presented during class (across weeks 3-5, schedule to be determined) and presentation material submitted online. The topic of each talk will be determined during week 2. Each lightning talk will focus on a contemporary design approach and a contemporary method relevant to the group's project aims (and interests), and include:

  • Identification and explanation of the design approach (e.g., Human-Centred Design) and design method/s (e.g., Behavioural Mapping, Observation)
  • Exemplar/s (at least 1) of how the method has been applied in practice
  • Key insights / points of connection with the group's own work (and/or critical responses)

Lightning Talks should be no more than 5 slides in length. Submitted material should include links to relevant resources/support materials. All talks will be collected and will form a shared resource for the class, to aid the design research component of the first assessment item.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 15/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Reflective Practice


Developing a Reflective Practice capability is central to professional development and good design practice. Throughout the semester you will be expected to capture

'Reflective Practice' moments. For this individual assessment item, you will submit a maximum of 4 x Reflections using the template provided (issued week 1 - based on Schön's description of Reflective Practice). As part of this process, you may decide to maintain a practice journal - however, you must select (or highlight) 4 key Reflections for assessment (approximately 1 every two weeks). Reflections should be varied and may include accounts of guest lectures, group dynamics, design literature/ reading material, interviews or videos about design, or, new design methods that you have experimented with throughout the semester.

Word limit: 1,600-2,400 words (approx. 400-600 words per reflection)

Submit Friday 15 October (end week 10) by 5pm. Upload reflections to Wattle by the due date.

Assessment Criteria Your reflection will be assessed on its demonstration of:

1. Reflective evaluation of critical incidents and outcomes

2. Clear and insightful reflection on learning and design processes

3. Effective written communication and presentation

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 27/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Design Project: Industry Engagement

Building on the work prepared for Assessment item 1, the final assessment item Design Project: Industry Engagement will culminate in the submission of a high quality

professional design presentation that includes a rigorous articulation and illustration of the final design response; and, (where necessary) a design rationale (a justification of relevant design decisions, to be submitted as an additional document if this information is not clear in the final presentation). This process will involve peer, industry and staff critique (where relevant). Accompanying the final presentation, your group will submit a copy of the design process. This will include research methods, tools applied and associated critique/justification of methods selected, concept development (ideation/idea development) and a high-fidelity design outcome (prototype). *Note: the design process, ideation development and final design prototype may include but not be limited to: sketches, low-fi mock-ups, high-fidelity outcomes, wireframes, CAD models, 3D prints, printed boards, videos, sound and or other prototyping techniques.

This submission will include peer evaluation to ensure each group member contributed equally to the project (if not, marks will be adjusted accordingly). Collaboration will be based on documented evidence (and observation) of the group dynamic throughout the semester. Information regarding peer evaluation and group documentation methods will be provided during class. Students are expected to maintain upmost professionalism when working with each other, university staff and external stakeholders. *WH&S protocols must be followed, field trips (off-site) will need to be approved.

This assessment includes 3 parts (i) Presentation, (ii) Documentation, and (iii) Evaluation. Each due on different date, please see details below.

Design Presentation Wednesday 27 October 2021 (week 12).

10 minute group presentation followed by 10 minutes questions & discussion. Presentations will include an overview of the groups'

  • design context & associated research (summation of client expectations, group dynamic, constraints, design process / methods /aims/objectives etc);
  • design outcome (1 x design) that is technically & aesthetically resolved (incl. details & clarification surrounding context of use /market /user group etc).

Project Documentation to be submitted online to Wattle (during exam period) by Friday 5 November 2021 by 5pm

Individual Peer Evaluation to be completed by Monday 8 November 2021 (the peer evaluation survey will be issued week 12)

Assessment Criteria. The group submission will be assessed on its demonstration of:

1. Successful response to the cultural and technical constraints of a particular context

2. Effective, professional, ethical and informed engagement with clients, audiences, industry and/or issues

3. Technically and aesthetically resolved design

4. Ability to substantiate design process and outcomes with design documentation and/or rationale

5. Successful team collaboration, organisation and project management

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Beck Davis

Research Interests

design methods, collaboration, creativity

Dr Beck Davis

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 14:00
Dr Beck Davis

Research Interests

Dr Beck Davis

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 14:00
Prof Mitchell Whitelaw

Research Interests

Prof Mitchell Whitelaw

By Appointment

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions