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

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP1040

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP1040

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Urban Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP1040

City Campus

Undergraduate

370H Design

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Frank Feltham

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email: frank.feltham@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Please email

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

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

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Unless already completed you should undertake GRAP2573/GRAP2939 Industrial Design Honours: Reflection and Exposition at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

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.


Course Description

This course concludes the capstone self-directed design research project commenced in Industrial Design Honours Project Part One. Under supervision within a design-research studio setting, you will further develop and realise your design research project. You will translate your design solutions and propositions into rigorously documented, prototyped and tested artefacts and systems. These refined outcomes will be used to communicate your 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 research-led design practice.

This course is a designated WIL course. If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM). See the WAM information web page for more information.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop 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.

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.


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

1) Execute the design, production testing of self-generated design projects in the form highly resolved and prototyped outcomes.

2) Articulate the outcomes of your design and research practices to a professional standard through a range of mediums including drawings and design documentation, prototypes, academic writing and presentations.

3) Critically analyse your own positions in the design research context and reflect on the efficacy, rigour and ethical considerations of your own practices.

4) Apply critical, creative and strategic design thinking, and specialist knowledge and skills in the management of design research projects in collaboration with peers and other stakeholders.

5) Initiate and conduct design research around a set of clearly framed and self-defined questions and methods in a particular context of application.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format, you will actively learn through a variety of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course immerses you into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices through doing design projects. These projects involve a range of planned learning experiences including: individual and group problem solving; sketch ideation and the iterative development of design concepts; prototyping for the purpose of further refining propositions; realising material design artefacts within workshop environments: and, presenting and reporting on individual and collective learning. The design studio format gives you the opportunity to explore and apply social, contextual , technical, and theoretical design issues in depth and through a variety of approaches, principles, real and simulated situations, and practical constraints.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Project Abstract, 10% CLO2, CLO3

Assessment Task 2: Project Report, 40% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Assessment Task 3: Professional Outcomes 50%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.


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: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy

The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life. www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/