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DN022 Sustainable Design

6 credit points

Course Code DN022

Subject Outline

DN022 Sustainable Design


Soheil Ashrafi

Program Director

Alan Chen


As per accreditation

Contact hours/week


Credit points



8 Weeks + production week

Self study hours/week




Subject Description

The main aim of this course is to explore how design both reflects and constructs the world about us. In order to understand this relationship - and to be a socially conscious participant - the course also aims to develop students' skills of analysis, interpretation and explanation of design as a social phenomenon with a global impact.



At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Further develop students’ awareness and understanding of the importance of designing for sustainability.

  • Develop the capacity of students to research, analyse, and organise topics such as current   sustainable technologies, materials, design innovation, and industry practices.

  • Extend the capacity of students to think through and respond to sustainability related issues as designers. The process and outcomes of which will be presented in visual, written, and spoken formats.

  • Understand the historical context in which design emerged as a social practice during and after the industrial revolution.

  • Develop the tools of 'archaeological analysis', to determine how artifacts encode societal structures and values

  • Critique the social role of the designer and consider potential ethical and moral issues.

  • Recognise the potential impacts of the production, consumption, and disposal of designed objects.

  • Compare and contrast alternative models of design processes.

  • Increase the depth of understanding that students have on the role of sustainability, human centrism and innovation as design criteria and their application within industries.

  • Train students to objectively test and critically analyse their design work to assess the futuristic aspects of their work in relation with social, cultural, economic, environmental, technological needs and deficiencies in order to build up the human future community.



Learning outcomes or Competencies

1. Research, analyse, and organise information and present in visual, written and spoken form as leaders who are capable of initiating as well as embracing change

2. Understand the importance of creating designs which are sustainable and socially responsible as global citizens who are capable of environmental responsibility

3. Produce designs which are sustainable, ethically sound, socially responsible, ecologically considerate, and economically viable

4. Use suitable materials and design processes

5. Apply sustainable principles (discussed in class) to any given brief


Assessment Table



Weighting %

Week Due

Learning Outcome

Assignment 1



Week 5

1, 2, 5

Assignment 2

Re-Design and Presentation


Week 9

3, 4, 5




Attendance: When a student's attendance falls below 80% without adequate explanation, their final mark will be automatically limited to, at best, a Pass.

Late submission: All work submitted after the submission deadline will be limited to a maximum of 50% and will not be accepted after the end of the study period unless special circumstances apply.

Plagiarism and Cheating: Any form of cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Policy found under the Academic Policies on Raffles Policies and Procedure page.

A full description of all rules and regulations is available via the student handbook which is available via our web site.



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