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Design Workshop (ABPL20050)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20050
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject will provide students with a working knowledge of at least three classes of design, decision-making and problem-solving approaches used in planning for future environments.
Diverse approaches will be studied as three-week topic groups within the subject in workshops. Topic groups may discuss projects in architectural, landscape architectural, urban design or engineering studio and other like projects so as to provide an enhanced understanding of design, decision-making and problem-solving – value-adding to concurrent and later studies in such subjects and extending attitudes to and skills in dealing with design.
Topic groups covering design issues related to most disciplines in the degree will give students the opportunity to obtain a broader perspective on the design, problem-solving and planning fields and their typical design working methods.
The particular topic groups available in any semester will reflect the availability of staff with specialist knowledge.

Intended learning outcomes

On the successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and capability with various elementary generative, exploratory and evaluative design methods
  • Demonstrate development of personal preferences for various design techniques
  • Demonstrate development of their own suite of design methods for generating design ideas and problem-solving
  • Argue cases for their chosen design procedures and the outcomes of their use

Generic skills

Exploring design and problem-solving through the manipulation of visual and material media.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following subjects (may be taken concurrently with Design Workshop):

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENVS10004 Designing Environments
Semester 1
Semester 2
Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20048 Visual Communications
Semester 1
ABPL10003 Visualising Environments
Semester 1
Semester 2
ENVS20001 Digital Design and Fabrication
Semester 1


An Architectural, Landscape Architectural or Urban Design and Planning design studio subject or equivalent Engineering Major or Landscape Management Major subject approved by the Subject Coordinator.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10003 Visualising Environments
Semester 1
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Assignment 1: Worked examples of homework and workshop exercises explorations with critical analysis in the form of an accumulating reflective Journal equivalent to 1400 words, due week 6 (33%);
  • Assignment 2: Worked examples of homework and workshop exercises explorations with critical analysis equivalent to 1400 words, due week 9 (33%);
  • Assignment 3: Worked examples of homework and workshop exercises explorations with critical analysis equivalent to 1400 words, first day of week 14 (34%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorGregory Missingham
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThree hours of seminars/workshops per week plus a single one hour introductory lecture.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    • Jormakka, Kari, 2007, Basics Design Methods, Basel: Birkhause
    • Bielefeld, Bert & Khouli, Sebastian, 2007, Basics Design Ideas, Basel: Birkhause

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Selected readings appropriate to each module will be issued, but may include relevant chapters and sections from the following:

    • Bentley, Ian; Alan Alcock, Paul Murrain, Sue McGlynn & Craham Smith, 1993, Responsive Environments: A Manual for Designers, 2nd edn, London: The Architectural Press.
    • Cross, Nigel, 2008, Engineering Design Methods: Strategies for Product Design, 4 th edn, Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley.
    • De Bono, Edward, 1999, Six Thinking Hats, rev edn, Harmondsworth: Penguin.
    • Lawson, Bryan, 2006, How Designers Think: The Design Process Demystified, 4th edn, Amsterdam: Architectural Press/Elsevier.
    • Lawson, Bryan & Kees Dorst, 2009, Design Expertise, Oxford: Architectural Press/Elsevier.
    • Lehrer, Jonah, 2012, Imagine: the Science of Creativity, rprt, Melbourne VIC: Text Publishing.
    • McHarg, Ian L, 1969, Design with Nature, Garden City, New York: Doubleday/Natural History Press.
    • Parnell, Rosie & Rachel Sara with Charles Doidge & Mark Parsons, 2007, The Crit: An Architecture Student’s Handbook: Seriously Useful Guides--, 2 nd edn, London: Architectural Press/Elsevier.
    • Potteiger, Matthew & Jamie Purinton, 1998, Landscape Narratives: Design Practices for Telling Stories, New York: John Wiley and Sons
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

Last updated: 23 January 2019