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Designing Environments (ENVS10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENVS10004
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This subject provides an introduction to how people identify needs and wants and devise ways of satisfying them through built or engineered manipulation of the environment. Students will consider the antecedents, processes, actors and consequences of designing constructed and engineered environments, systems and artefacts. Issues of movement and perception, environmental behaviour and the responsible use of physical environmental systems will be explored. The subject will address:

  • Design processes and methods, including problem-solving and design proposal perspectives, methods of framing and analysis of design tasks, creative thinking, and methods of synthesis and
    representation of design outcomes
  • Case studies of various scales and times to examine designed outcomes with regard to social, cultural, economic, resource, production and actor relationships
  • Design professions: their history in the production of environments, systems and artefacts, and their differing educations, organisation and practices

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Introduce and practise processes and methods of designing and creative thinking;
  • Analyse the social, logistical, economic and resource aspects that contribute to design tasks and outcomes;
  • Introduce the actors in design processes, including the contribution of design professions to the creation of designed environments, systems and artefacts.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject students should have the following skills:

  • Developed an understanding of skills and approaches to design tasks and outcomes
  • Developed written, graphic, numeric, diagrammatic and verbal skills in relation to design and creative thinking
  • Begun an exploration of designing for people

Last updated: 23 July 2019