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Design Thinking 1 - Islands KDA143

Hobart, Launceston


What is design? How does design thinking conceptualise the world, and produce with it new insights? This unit introduces you to the organisational capacity and transformative potential of design thinking as it relates to Islands – environments understood through their differentiation from other environments, elements and objects.

You will be introduced to a variety of design precedents, design thinking strategies and visual communication techniques that can be used to identify similarities, differences and patterns that are not immediately visible, extending our understanding of what is ‘known’.

Through scaffolded interactive and self-directed learning activities and practical exercises, you will develop visual-based analytical skills that can be applied to your own situation to create meaningful relations.


Unit name Design Thinking 1 - Islands
Unit code KDA143
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Jacqueline Power

Teaching staff

Ceridwen Owen

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1 Describe and adopt analytical tools of design through collecting, collating, relating, differentiating and analysing information.

ILO 2 Develop and apply foundational skills in visual representation related to environments, elements and objects.

ILO 3 Explain the intentionality of design and how it affects the world in a range of ways.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree core unit)

Literacy: Students develop written and visual literacy through description and analysis of existing concepts and precedents; assessed via report (AT3)
Numeracy: Students are introduced to scale and conventions in orthographic drawing; assessed via visual portfolio (AT2)



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,445.00 100501

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Teaching Pattern

Practicals - 2hrs fortnightly


‘What is design?’ (online discussion) - 10%
Visual journal (digital and/or material portfolio) - 60%
Environments and Objects Precedent Analysis - 30%

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