Concepts and Narratives

DCO10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

5 Jul 21 - 3 Oct 21

26 Oct 21

Last self enrolment:
18 Jul 21

30 Jul 21

Last withdraw without fail:
20 Aug 21

Aims and objectives

This unit of study introduces students to the fundamentals of design exploration: visual and tactile conceptualisation and basic design representation appropriate to different design disciplines in the context of creative problem solutions. 

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify the key elements and principles of design;
2. Interpret the mark as a medium of ideation, visual problem solving and design representation;
3. Prepare a workbook/folio to document methods of exploration and ideas;
4. Examine sequential design and the communication of idea, information and narrative;
5. Develop concepts and ideas, using experimentation for creative and sustainable solutions;
6. Reflect on and evaluate visual and tactile research documentation, mapping, model-making and visualisation techniques.

Courses with unit

BA-DES (BA-DESS) Bachelor of Design
BB-DESBUS Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Business
BA-EDUSEC Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Visual Communication Design Specialisation
BH-DESCMN2 Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours)
BB-BUSCMN Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Communication