Strategic Design Practice

DDD80018 12.5 Credit Points Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

Last withdraw without fail:
18 Sep 20


DDD70015 Design Management

Aims and objectives

This unit extends conventional models of management in the design of human systems and services to an innovative strategic-based approach for designing solutions to complex problems in contested settings. Drawing on systems and complexity theories and leading complexity practice frameworks, students will experience a different approach to design practice to prepare them for leadership roles in a range of complex design contexts. Students will also experience a strategic complexity-based approach to different levels of participation in design from client/stakeholder participation to co-design.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse and critique traditional design management processes in terms of their capacity for solving complex problems in human systems
2. Extend traditional models of design management practice to integrate a strategic approach to design of systems and services from a complex systems perspective
3. Understand, critique and apply selected leading edge complexity-based practice frameworks
4. Demonstrate an understanding of different approaches to client/stakeholder participation appropriate to identified degrees of complexity in different project settings
5. Synthesise and apply the unit themes to strategic design practice through a well-developed design studio project solution
6. Facilitate strategic design practice appropriate to complex contexts

Courses with unit

Master of Design Strategy and Innovation