SEJ101 - Design Fundamentals

Unit details


2022 unit information

Offering information:

Not available from 2022 (replaced by SET111 Sustainable Design and SEJ104 Engineering in Society)

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Saleh Gharaie



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:

2 x 2 hour studio per week, 1 x 2 hour online content per week (recordings provided).  All students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester, including 3 full days during intensive week (typically week 8).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 2 hours of scheduled online studio per week (recordings provided).  1 x 2 hours of online content per week (recordings provided).  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, including 3 full days during 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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Locate, collect, identify and 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 design, project management and teamwork skills to implement the design project, utilising critical and creative processes.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO7: Teamwork


Apply information, graphical and spatial skills and techniques to prototype, test 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 Grading and 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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