This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create sound design solutions in an industry context which are economically viable, environmentally conscious, ergonomically appropriate and equitable for those producing the product as well as the end user.
The unit begin with a general overview of industrial design and the role of the designer and includes the starting point of a design brief, research and analysis of ideas and resources, plus the development of innovative concepts. It also includes a requirement for critical and informed collaboration with others about one's own work.

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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: - researching skills to inform the design solution; - communicating and literacy skills to collaborate with relevant stakeholders, request advice, receive feedback and work with a range of people about the design requirements and solutions; - numeracy skills to perform, calculate, take measurements, assess sizes, determine costs; - engineering design skills to develop solutions in response to a define need, and; - personal and professional presentation.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - a wide range of sources of information pertaining to the development of the design; - appropriate communication methods to encourage collaboration about the concept for own work; - the theoretical and philosophical context for design development; - other design practitioners and their development of concepts for own work; - the elements and principles of design and how they may be used in the development of the concept for own work; - copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues and legislation which assist the development and critical discourse of the concept for own work, and; - literacy skills sufficient to research and evaluate a wide range of source materials for the development of the concept for own work.

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