Research and apply design theory

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 BSBDES701A, 'Research and apply design theory'.
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. Research design theory

1.1. Use a range of research techniques to source information about design theory

1.2. Identify and explore new, emerging and alternative sources of ideas and thinking about design

1.3. Expand own knowledge and understanding of design through review and critical analysis of information

1.4. Analyse, compare and contrast a range of theoretical perspectives and thinking on design

2. Apply theories of design to professional practice

2.1. Evaluate the relevance and application of different theories of design based on analysis of own professional and personal experience

2.2. Analyse the ways in which different aspects of history, theory and other influences are applied, adapted or challenged in practice

2.3. Assess the ways in which theories and thinking about design may be applied in ways that provide benefits to individuals, businesses and communities

3. Develop, articulate and debate own perspectives on theories of design

3.1. Take a critical approach to different theories and reflect on own ideas and responses

3.2. Develop own substantiated positions in response to research and analysis

3.3. Articulate own positions in a manner which demonstrates clarity of thought and conceptual understanding of different theories and thinking

3.4. Debate own positions on design showing belief in own and ideas and a willingness to remain open to new perspectives

Qualifications and Skillsets

BSBDES701A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MEM60211 - Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
  • SFL50110 - Diploma of Floristry Design
  • CUV60307 - Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
  • MTM70111 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness
  • MTM80111 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Agribusines
  • CUE60103 - Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events