DSIGN551-19A (HAM)

Studio Management

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science


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Paper Description

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This paper covers design leadership and design management. Topics include the development of and management of creative and design projects, as well as working with clients and other stakeholders. This paper is intended for those aiming for a future senior position in a design studio, or those managing freelance teams, or those developing entrepreneurial creative projects.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through a series of lectures, written and practical exercises and projects.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate successful leadership of a creative team working on a client driven project
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of project documentation and reports
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  • Apply the Reflective Practitioner concept to improve self, projects and the studio
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Extreme performance in any area may have a disproportionate effect on final grade. All assessments are compulsory.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly Reflections
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Project Planning & Management
3. Report
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Presentation
31 May 2019
9:00 AM
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Shaughnessy, A. (2010). How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul. Princeton Architectural Press, NY. ISBN 978-1-56898-983-9

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Online Support

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There is a Moodle Site for this paper. This is where the Reflective Comparisons are uploaded and all studio documents are placed. Lecture slides are posted to the Moodle site soon after the lecture is delivered.
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This paper expects a commitment of 150 hours over the whole semester. There is one lecture hour and a total of six studio hours (excluding the lunch break). The remainder of the time per week is spent out of class communicating with stakeholders and project planning.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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DSIGN551 students interact with and manage projects and teams comprised of students taking the DSIGN350 paper as well as placement mentors of DSIGN350 students.
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Prerequisite papers: CGRD350, DSIGN350 or equivalent




Restricted papers: CGRD551

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