This unit develops an understanding of user-centered design through the subject theme of ‘Social Responsibility’, focusing on user-centered design for aged care, health care, childcare and users with disabilities, other special needs or cross cultural projects. Engineering communication and project management skills will be developed that are necessary for the design and development of products for specific contexts, taking particular note of the impacts of design on the social, economic and environmental realms.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Use the engineering sciences of Design for Manufacture in project-based problem solving (K1, K2, K3, S1)
  • Conduct design research and projects using User Centered Design strategies (K4, K5, A3)
  • Apply appropriate material, manufacturing and prototyping processes to product design (K3, S1, S2, S3)
  • Research and liaise with community user groups to achieve innovative solutions that address social need, changing demographics and the requirements of specific user groups (K4, K5, A1, A2)
  • Analyse designs in relation to the social, ecological and political implications and responsibilities of the designer (K6, A1, A2)
  • Apply effective project management skills to work individually and as a member of a team (S4, A3, A5, A6, A7)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
6.50 12 weeks 78


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssessmentIndividual/Group 35 - 45% 4,5,6 
AssessmentIndividual/Group 55 - 65% 1,2,3,4,5,6 


This unit is comprised of 2 delivery modes as follows.

Social Responsibility Specialist Module:

  • User centered design
  • Ethical issues
  • Empowering cultures
  • Design for social change
  • Research and analysis techniques
  • Social, Environmental and Economic analysis and awareness


Design Studio:

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Engineering specifications, 3D CAD data, engineering drawings, assembly drawings, and ergonomic
  • analysis
  • Project Planning and developing proposals for manufacture and assembly
  • Product life cycle, concepts of value-adding, distribution
  • User Centered Design
  • Design for specific contexts, understanding user needs and their application to design and engineering projects


Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.