Course Title: Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


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


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


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


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Brunswick Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Soumitri Varadarajan

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 0818

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 52

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production provide a practical and theoretical learning experience of how products work and how they are made. You will analyse the mechanics of various products to understand how and why they work the ways they do in order to propose new ways of improving their mechanical functionality and longevity.

You will be introduced to various process of mass and medium scale manufacture including injection and other processes of moulding plastic products and parts, product electronics, sheet metal fabrication, and casting, machining and finishing.

Additionally, you will learn about how design decisions can influence the productivity of product manufacture through an approach to design that accounts for the complex logistics of materials specification, part manufacture, assembly, product use, and end of life options such as recycling and dis-assembly. You will express the specialised technical knowledge acquired through a variety of forms including technical drawings, presentations and reports.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Identify how products are produced, how they work and how they are used, and synthesise and apply design ideas drawn from theoretical understandings.
  • Analyse design details, materials and processes for their efficacy within their particular contexts of application, to generate innovative solutions to complex problems and to articulate technical design issues through a variety of mediums to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Interpret, produce and manage design documentation, communication and transmittal protocols.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the social, economic and environmental implications of design specifications for production and use and convey those understandings in an ethical framework that guides your own practice.

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.
  • 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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual design and research projects.

Given the technical nature of the curriculum you will be required to undertake and manage your own skills development in a self-directed manner using various support resources such as computer laboratories with specialist design software, and the various digital prototyping technologies located in the School of Designs workshops.

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-wear, 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.

Design project briefs, 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

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. 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 reports, visualisations, design prototypes, design project documentation, conduct, and presentations. Assessment tasks may be undertaken either individually or in teams.

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.

Equitable Learning Services

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.

Assessment Policy

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