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ITD3120 Design and Visual Communication

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Design & Visual Communication
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070105 - Teacher Education: Secondary
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 19 September 2020


Examiner: Rob Cantle

Other requisites

Program Coordinator (Secondary) will approve entry into the ITD teaching area for students with past trade qualifications and experience.


According the Queensland Design Curriculum “Australia needs enterprising and innovative individuals with the ability to make discerning decisions concerning the development, use and impact of technologies. When developing technologies, these individuals need to be able to work independently and collaboratively to solve complex, open-ended problems. Subjects in the Technologies learning area prepare students to be effective problem-solvers as they learn about and work with contemporary and emerging technologies.” (Design Syllabus, QCAA, 2018). Therefore, this course is designed to consider the elements of Design used in senior school which are key in the technology and design teaching area. The purpose of this course is to provide pre-service educators with the knowledge and skills required to engage with the Design components of the QCAA General Subject.


This course provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to use the double diamond design method endorsed by the QCAA to showcase their knowledge and skills in a real life context. This course is an independent project where students are able to identify a design opportunity for real life problems and generate a graphical solution. Pre-service teachers will create a Design folio as part of their assessment that can be used as a resource when teaching in secondary schools.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. analyse a specified context to identify and refine design requirements relevant to curriculum specifications;
  2. successfully communicate and collaborate with groups on design related problems and contexts to address real world design problems;
  3. select and appropriate apply research methods, data collection and statistics to identify and investigate relevant design factors, analyse existing designs and justify design decisions;
  4. communicate ideas through sketching and drawing techniques;
  5. produce low fidelity prototypes;
  6. create a folio which addresses all the elements of the Double Diamond (QCAA Design Process) method to support student learning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Design & Double Diamond design process 10.00
2. Convergent and Divergent Thinking 10.00
3. Stakeholders and the Explore Phase 10.00
4. Writing about Design and the Develop Phase 10.00
5. Design Proposal 10.00
6. Human Centred Design, Elements and Principles of Design and Good Design 10.00
7. Influences on Design and Design Styles 10.00
8. Legal and Ethical issues in Design and Design in a Professional Context 10.00
9. Design is a Professional Context 10.00
10. Design thinking - Education and Societal Influence 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Gurthrie, K., Ralph, C 2018, Nelson Design QCE Unit 1-4, New Edition edn, Cengage Learning Australia, Southbank.
(ISBN 978-0170419918 (Hard copy) (Students may wish to purchase the digital subscription copy direct from the publisher).)
• Internet access – Sufficient to participate in online lectures/workshops/activities
• Computer – Sufficient specifications to run course software
• Software - Google Sketchup – Free to use online
• Equipment - Students will require a selection of:
o Colouring pencils,
o A3/A4 paper,
o A3 Visual diary
o Copic markers - Light grey (C3) darker grey (C7) and at least one colour (or equivalent brand of marker),
o Artline 210 pen,
o Artline .4mm fine liner
o 2B pencil/s
o Black fibre tip pen/s – fine and medium
o Eraser
o Sharpener
o Ruler.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 20 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 12 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:
a. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
b. Queensland College of Teachers
c. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Date printed 19 September 2020