Course Title: Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Juliette Marie Anich

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP 2290 Industrial Design Honours Project Part One: Design Research and Development

Course Description

This course constitutes part two of the capstone self-directed design research project. Under supervision within a design studio setting you will further develop your design research project commenced in Industrial Design Honours Project Part One. You will translate your design solutions and propositions into rigorously documented, prototyped and tested artefacts and systems. These refined outcomes of design research will be used to communicate your research findings and propositions to industry and community stakeholders in a professional and scholarly manner, and to reflect deeply on the meanings and findings you have discovered in your particular approach to design practice.

The course is interlinked with the companion course: Industrial Design Honours: Reflection and Exposition.

This Course is a Designated WIL course.

NOTE: For students from any Engineering / Industrial Design double degree programs as part of your program you undertake GRAP2290 Industrial Design Honours Project Part One: Design Research and Development followed by GRAP1040 Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping in the subsequent semester. These projects either are directly connected with industry or simulate the situation of a graduate engineer in industry reporting to a supervisor with whom they meet regularly. In the cases where the project is directly connected with industry the industry partner is usually involved in some components of the assessment. Industrial practitioners can become involved in the assessment of some component of the work done by students involved in projects that simulate the situation of a graduate engineer in industry.

This course acts as the submission point for your engineering work experience required as part of the Engineers Australia accreditation process.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

- execute and articulate self generated and innovative design concepts in the form highly resolved and tested prototypes, and process in a professional manner
- rigorously articulate your design research practice to a professional standard through a range of mediums including drawings, visualisations, models and technical design documentation, and through a variety of forums including exhibitions, presentations and critiques.
- through the process of design critically analyse, reflect and communicate your own positions in the design research context and reflect on the efficacy and rigor of your own practices
- apply critical, creative and strategic design thinking through a rapid acquisition and application of specialist knowledge and skills and the management of design research projects in collaboration with peers and other stakeholders
- initiate, conduct and conclude design research around a set of clearly framed and self defined questions and design methods in a particular context of application

NOTE: For students from any Engineering / Industrial Design double degree programs, and in addition to the Industrial Design program learning outcomes this course contributes to the development of the following three Engineering program learning outcomes:

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

- Apply analytical, critical, creative and strategic thinking to industrial design problems and research within complex and unfamiliar contexts and concerns
- Collaborate with other specialists and key stakeholders on design problems on multi-disciplinary projects in diverse settings
- Articulate complex design ideas to diverse audiences through an advanced and adaptable repertoire of communication strategies and technologies
- Generate innovative approaches to design problems and solutions, with a criticality and openness to the perspectives and needs of others in a situation
- Advocate through design practice the improvement of the conditions and wellbeing of people, cultural practices and environments
- Initiate, plan, manage and execute research and design projects with independence and in an objective and ethical manner
- Reflect on own learning and the efficacy of design decisions made, adapting to needs and issues as they arise, and continuously seeking improvement
- Demonstrate through practice-based design research an advanced knowledge of the socio-technical, environmental and economic eco-systems of industrial design both locally and globally

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format with research and design project supervision, you will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course engages you in learning about design via an immersion into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices through a self defined and self-directed design research projects. Studio activities to support your learning will involve a range of planned learning experiences including: individual and group problem solving; sketch ideation and the iterative development of design concepts; making and prototyping for the purpose of further refining propositions, and presenting and reflecting on individual and collective learning processes.

The specialised knowledge and skills engaged in your capstone research project will be made evident through project-based activities shared in group settings. This demands that you develop reflective and open individual and peer appraisal practices, with a willingness to take risks with preconceptions and constructed understandings of how the world works, what is possible within it, and how design may provide ways to engage with change.

Learning activities include studio sessions where ideas are developed and documented through a variety of methods: prototyping ideas into material design artifacts within workshop environments; developing a practice of journaling design ideas; lectures and studio tutorials; peer review processes; and, independent design inquiry and critique. The design studio format gives you the opportunity to explore and apply social, contextual and theoretical design issues in depth and through a variety of approaches, technical principles, real and simulated situations and practical constraints.

Overview of Learning Resources

To effectively participate in coursework you are advised to procure (as a minimum) the following:

- Drawing Supplies including visual diaries, pens, pencils, markers and ancillary products and consumables.

- Prototyping Supplies including protective eye-ware, ear plugs, a dust jacket, closed toe or safety shoes a 150mm steel ruler, a high quality craft knife and ancillary products and consumables.

- Documentation Equipment including a digital camera and an audio recording device such as an MP3 player or mobile phone.

Additionally it is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.

Lecture notes and other study materials will be available online through the MyRMIT portal. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

You will have access to and will utilize the School of Architecture and Design Workshop facilities and access to computer labs with specialist software and printing facilities.

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Industrial Design Students

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course's learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include research reports, visualisations, design prototypes, design project documentation and conduct, and presentations.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice and design research.

Summative feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and may be delivered in a variety of forms including critique panels, audio or video recordings and written reports. Additionally you will receive ongoing formative feedback as you progress through the course from your lecturer and from your peers in view of continuous improvement and greater degrees of reflectivity on your own learning.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.