Unit of competency details

BSBDES305A - Source and apply information on the history and theory of design (Release 1)

Summary

Releases:
ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 18/Apr/2008

Usage recommendation:
Superseded
Mapping:
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Is superseded by and equivalent to BSBDES305 - Source and apply information on the history and theory of designUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 24/Mar/2015

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIR07 - Retail Services Training PackageRetail Services Training Package 3.0-3.4 
MSF - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 1.0-1.3 
LMF02 - Furnishing Training PackageFurnishing Training Package 6.0-8.1 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUV03 - Visual Arts, Craft and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Craft and Design Training Package 3.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
BSB07 - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 5.0-9.0 

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
SIR50212 - Diploma of Visual MerchandisingDiploma of Visual Merchandising 1-2 
MSF60113 - Advanced Diploma of Interior DesignAdvanced Diploma of Interior Design 1-2 
MSF50213 - Diploma of Interior Design and DecorationDiploma of Interior Design and Decoration 
MSF40313 - Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior SpacesCertificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces 
MSF40213 - Certificate IV in Furniture Design and TechnologyCertificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology 
MSF40113 - Certificate IV in Interior DecorationCertificate IV in Interior Decoration 
MSF31313 - Certificate III in Kitchens and Bathrooms - Retail ServicesCertificate III in Kitchens and Bathrooms - Retail Services 
MSF31013 - Certificate III in Interior Decoration Retail ServicesCertificate III in Interior Decoration Retail Services 
LMF60308 - Advanced Diploma of Furniture Design and TechnologyAdvanced Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology 
LMF60208 - Advanced Diploma of Interior DesignAdvanced Diploma of Interior Design 1-2 
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100501 Graphic Arts And Design Studies 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100501 Graphic Arts And Design Studies 25/Jul/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information to one's own area of work.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to individuals who work in design and need to develop and maintain a general knowledge of design history and theory.

More complex research into design theory and design trends is covered by BSBDES602A Research global design trends and BSBDES701A Research and apply design theory.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Collect information on history and theory of design

1.1. Identify and access relevant sources of information  on design history and theory

1.2. Organise research material  and findings for current or future use in design practice, in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing

2. Apply information to own area of work

2.1. Evaluate information  in the context of current design practice

2.2. Assess ways in which aspects of information on design history and theory could be used or adapted to inform current practice

2.3. Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work

3. Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

3.1. Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of design trends and developments

3.2. Incorporate and integrate knowledge into design activities

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • research and comprehension skills to source, understand and apply information on design history and theory
  • research skills to source readily available information on design history and theory.

Required knowledge 

  • copyright, moral rights, intellectual property issues and legislation as it relates to using information in own work
  • current trends in design
  • evolution of design
  • organisational information practices and their application
  • sources of information on design history and theory relevant to own design work.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • knowledge of the history and theory of design and how this may be applied in design practice
  • application of research and evaluation skills.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to information sources on design history and theory.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
  • evaluation of how history and theory have been integrated into a design project undertaken by the candidate
  • evaluation of a presentation made by the candidate about how design history or theory has influenced work
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of design history, trends and theory.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Sources of information  may include:

  • cultural, historical, scientific texts
  • film, video, internet
  • images, objects
  • journal articles
  • oral histories
  • performances/presentations
  • philosophical texts
  • religious and spiritual texts
  • stories
  • technical or medium specific information

Information  may relate to:

  • aesthetics
  • criticism
  • cultural issues
  • gender and identity issues
  • histories of art, craft and design
  • histories of performances/presentations and related skills
  • land and place
  • new technologies
  • politics
  • spiritual concerns
  • world histories

Organising research material  may include:

  • databases
  • diagrams, charts
  • digital storage systems
  • files, scrapbooks, diaries
  • mind maps
  • sketches

Evaluating information  may include:

  • comparing
  • considering merit
  • contrasting
  • critiquing
  • discussing and debating
  • reflecting

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Design - Design Process

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

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