Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to examine and consider the design process in a particular industry.

It applies to individuals working in any context, who need to develop a basic appreciation and knowledge of the way design works in a particular industry, and of its potential impacts on industry and individual work practice.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1 Source information on design in given industry context

1.1 Investigate the nature, history, role and importance of design in the industry

1.2 Evaluate roles played by designers and other contributors in design process

1.3 Source information on impact of technology on design in the industry

2 Examine links between design and own work

2.1 Investigate impact of design on own work

2.2 Consider role of individual workers across the industry in affecting future design directions

3 Keep up-to-date with industry design trends

3.1 Identify and access opportunities to maintain currency of knowledge about industry design trends

3.2 Evaluate how design trends affect the overall industry and how it operates

3.3 Share information and proactively discuss emerging trends with work colleagues

3.4 Identify trends that will impact on own work and seek opportunities to develop appropriate skills

Foundation Skills

This section describes language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills incorporated in the performance criteria that are required for competent performance.






3.1, 3.4

Identifies and uses opportunities to maintain and improve skills and knowledge


1.1, 1.3, 3.1

Reviews textual information from a range of sources to identify relevant information



Prepares specific information using clear and appropriate language to present to other personnel

Oral Communication


Participates in verbal exchanges using vocabulary, style and tone appropriate to audience

Uses listening techniques to clarify understanding

Interact with others


Collaborates with others to achieve shared goals

Get the work done

1.1-1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 3.4

Plans routine tasks with familiar goals and outcomes

Takes responsibility for routine low-impact decisions within familiar situations

Identifies ideas in use in other contexts and considers how they might be applied in own context with minimal adjustment

Recognises and applies some general design and operating principles of digital tools to inform design work


Design – Design Process