Course Title: Design Prototyping: Materials, Processes and Experimentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Prototyping: Materials, Processes and Experimentation

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP1052

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP1052

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Urban Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP1052

City Campus

Undergraduate

370H Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP2933

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

370H Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Judith Glover

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 1246

Course Coordinator Email: judith.glover@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Design Prototyping: Materials, Processes and Experimentation introduces you to techniques of industrial design prototyping and to engage creatively and safely in the manipulation of materials using manual tools and industrial machines. In a workshop context, you will undertake a variety of practical exercises, experiments and projects to understand how to use various materials and processes in the exploration and realisation of design concepts. You will learn how industrial fabrication processes take place, how various materials may be processed, and how to plan and manage the often complex process of translating a design idea from a drawing to a functional prototype.


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. 
  • Articulate complex design ideas to diverse audiences through an advanced and adaptable repertoire of communication strategies and technologies. 
  • Initiate, plan, manage and execute research and design projects with independence and in an objective and ethical manner.


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

1) Identify key design and fabrication concerns

2) Plan and manage prototyping activities, the correct use of tools, materials, and industrial environments with attention to the needs and safety of oneself and others.

3) Experiment with various materials and prototyping processes, identifying issues as they arise and adjusting plans and procedures to address them.

4) Document projects, prototyping processes, tests and experiments with reflection on the outcomes


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in practical learning supported by a range of face to face and/or online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussions, and activities in specialist workshops and labs. The technical knowledge and skills you are to develop through practice in this course will require you to undertake and manage your own skills development in a self-directed manner.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

To effectively participate in coursework, either on or away from campus, you are advised to obtain (as a minimum) the following:

  • Drawing Supplies including visual diaries, pens, pencils, markers and ancillary products and consumables.
  • Personal Protective Equipment including protective eye-wear, ear plugs, a dust jacket, and closed toe safety shoes
  • Prototyping Supplies including a 150mm steel ruler, a high quality craft knife and ancillary products, materials and consumables.
  • Design and Documentation Equipment including a personal computer of an appropriate specification, course specific software, a digital camera and a mobile phone.

    When on campus you will have access to and will utilise the School of Design workshop facilities, specialist computer labs and software, and 2D and 3D printing facilities.

    Course specific resources such as readings, reference lists, access to specialist software, video demonstrations and class notes will be provided online.

    There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


Overview of Assessment

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: Investigation 10% CLO1

Assessment Task 2: Process Inquiry, 20% CLO2, CLO3

Assessment Task 3: Project, 25%, CLO1, CLO2, CL03

Assessment Task 4: Project and Documentation, 45%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

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.