Develop and extend design skills and practice

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver BSBDES403A, 'Develop and extend design skills and practice'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Acquire and develop technical skills

1.1. Plan strategies to ensure the development of appropriate technical skills in design practice

1.2. Plan and use opportunities to develop and assess technical skills

1.3. Identify and use practice, feedback, discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve technical skills

1.4. Develop and extend technical skills through testing capabilities of materials, tools and equipment

1.5. Identify and use relevant media to stimulate technical and professional development

2. Develop conceptual skills and ideas

2.1. Engage in ongoing experimentation and exploration of different ideas and techniques

2.2. Discuss ideas with others and apply knowledge gained to inform own work

2.3. Use work practice to gain experience in a range of genres and interpretations

2.4. Study the work of others to stimulate conceptual and technical skills development

2.5. Research and share ideas across a range of design disciplines

2.6. Identify and use a range of opportunities to develop own skills and keep informed about current design practice

3. Develop own voice

3.1. Explore and experiment with new ideas in making and/or interpreting design work

3.2. Explore and use technology, where appropriate, to develop own voice and expand practice

3.3. Demonstrate own voice through design project realisation

4. Evaluate own work

4.1. Seek and apply constructive criticism from others to improve own work

4.2. Evaluate own work against planned strategy for own practice

4.3. Evaluate own work in the context of work by others in order to extend own practice

4.4. Adjust work processes and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes

5. Research work opportunities

5.1. Correctly identify sources of information relating to work opportunities for designers

5.2. Identify networks and promotional opportunities for designers which may be helpful in developing career opportunities

5.3. Incorporate research results and information into own work and career planning

Qualifications and Skillsets

BSBDES403A appears in the following qualifications:

  • LMF60308 - Advanced Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology
  • LMF60208 - Advanced Diploma of Interior Design
  • LMF50408 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
  • LMF50508 - Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology
  • LMF40408 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
  • LMF40508 - Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology
  • AHC40510 - Certificate IV in Parks and Gardens
  • AHC40410 - Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • CUE60103 - Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events
  • CUF40107 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media
  • CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50507 - Diploma of Costume for Performance
  • CUF50407 - Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services
  • CUF50207 - Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
  • CUF50107 - Diploma of Screen and Media
  • CUF40607 - Certificate IV in Scenery and Set Construction
  • CUF50607 - Diploma of Scenery and Set Construction