This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to generate design solutions in response to a particular design need.  It applies to individuals who generate concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context. The starting point may be an open or closed brief; a spontaneous idea; modification of an existing product, service, process or system; or a point in an ongoing design process.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - develop and document a design solution through research, reflection, and generation and refinement of ideas, and; - demonstrate effective collaboration with others in the design process. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain the elements and principles of design and their application in the relevant design context; - describe key features of the wider industry, and the economic, social and historical context design solutions are being generated in; - discuss design trends and technologies including other designs and the work of other design practitioners in the relevant industry context; - identify sources of information that support the development of technical and other knowledge, and; - describe the materials, tools, equipment, techniques and processes used in the generation of design solutions in the relevant industry context.

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