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Nelson Design QCE Unit 1–4 Student Book with 1 Access Code for 26 Months

By | Copyright Year:2019 | ISBN-13: 9780170419918

Nelson Design for QCE Units 1–4 comprehensively covers the new QCAA Design General Senior Syllabus being implemented at Units 1 & 2 in 2019 and Units 3 & 4 in 2020 and explicitly addresses the syllabus and unit objectives using the problem-solving approach valued in the syllabus. The student book provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of design and the design process, guiding students through practical application of design thinking, drawing and prototyping skills.

NelsonNet resources available*
Teacher Resources:
• Weblinks
• Video tutorials
• Sample assessment tasks
• Teaching plan
• Chapter PDFs

Student Resources:
• Weblinks
• Video tutorials

*Complimentary access to NelsonNet is available to teachers who use the accompanying student book as a core resource in their classroom. Contact your local education consultant for access codes and conditions.


Part A: Design practices
1 Thinking
2 Drawing ideas
3 Illustration of concepts
4 Rendering techniques
5 Low fidelity prototyping
Part B: Design processes
6 Design process
7 Design stakeholders
8 Design exploration
9 Writing for design
10 Design development
11 Design proposals
Part C: Design features
12 Good design
13 Elements and principles of design
14 Human-centred design
15 Influences on design
Part D: Design contexts
16 Design styles
17 Ethical and legal issues in design
18 Design in a professional context


Chris Ralph is Curriculum Area Coordinator/Teach of Design and Engineering Technology and Graphics at St John's Anglican College, Queensland. He is also QCAA District Panel Chair for Graphics.

Kristen Guthrie is an experienced teacher of Visual Communication and Design and a qualified graphic designer. She has been closely involved in the development, teaching and evaluation of the VCE Visual Communication and Design study design since its inception in the VCE curriculum. She has worked in curriculum development and assessment with VCAA and is passionate about design education. She is currently Head of Arts at Woodleigh School on the Mornington Peninsula.


Guides students through the practical application of design thinking, drawing and prototyping skills

Skill-based activities provide practical application of the design process

Case studies of contemporary Australian designers provide real-world context.

Featured design problems and solutions help develop problem-solving skills.

Tech tips develop 21st century digital design technology skills.