SEJ101 - Design Fundamentals


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



SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:

SEB121 and SED102

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 (online)

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.

Hurdle requirement

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

Unit Fee Information

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