SEJ101 - Design Fundamentals

Unit details


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Paul Collins



SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:

SEB121 and SED102

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 2 hour studio per week, 10 x 20 min case study videos to be viewed via online resources. All students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester relevant to your campus.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 3 x 1.5 hour seminar sessions delivered via DeakinSync, recorded classes and case study videos. Students are required to attend and participate in project oriented design-based learning activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week (typically week 8).


SEJ101 focuses on the principles and practice of design. Design is an essential characteristic of professional practice and requires unique knowledge, skills and attitudes common to a number of disciplines. In this unit, students will explore the process of design ideation, definition, prototyping and testing by working on authentic real world problems. The unit will allow students the opportunity to examine humanitarian problems in disadvantaged communities. Learning and assessment activities in this unit will require students to use creative processes to conceive, test and reflect on ideas. Students will be encouraged to view design problem from holistic and atomistic perspectives, paying attention to detail, and showing empathy for biases, values and needs of clients and users. Students will investigate design thinking and strategies, and modelling techniques to generate, evaluate and specify products in order to develop solutions to identified problems.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Locatecollectidentify define problems from client and user perspectives.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Use relevant information and design principles to ideate and propose possible solutions
strategies and approaches to satisfy the needs of clients and users.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication


Apply designproject management and teamwork skills to implement the design projectutilising critical and creative processes.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


Apply informationgraphical and spatial skills and techniques to prototypetest and present a product that is solution to a situational problem

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Design portfolio Design portfolio presentation 50% Weeks 4, 8 and 12
Case study report Written report, 1,000-word maximum 20% Week 8
Oral presentation 5-minute video recording  10% Week 8
Group humanitarian design project Project reports, 3,000- word maximum  20% Week 10

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible for a pass in this unit, students must achieve a minimum of 50% on the portfolio and group report.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEJ101 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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