Course Title: Flexible modelling for Design and Prototyping

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Flexible modelling for Design and Prototyping

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

INTE2107

City Campus

Postgraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012

INTE2107

City Campus

Postgraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

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

INTE2108

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

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

INTE2108

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

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

INTE2389

City Campus

Research

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Canhui Chen

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email: canhui.chen@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B100.L8

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Flexible Modelling for Design and Prototyping is a stand-alone elective offered university-wide. The aim of this course is to give you experience and expertise in creating flexible computational, physical and mixed reality models for design and prototyping. You will work with and along side students from more than one disciplinary background. You will receive some skills-based instruction and will engage in hands-on project-based design learning applying diverse project-appropriate software and physical modelling that may include rapid prototyping, Computer numeric controlled (CNC) prototyping, craft based  and responsive mixed reality prototyping techniques. You will learn to approach design modelling from conceptual to realisation stages as an open, flexible and responsive framework. Examples may also include parametric modelling, integration with physical computing, animation and visualisation. Students will have opportunities to start working from modes familiar from their own disciplinary background. This course will serve you in areas of study including but not exclusive to architecture, industrial design, interior design, engineering, jewellery, textiles, new media, public art, design innovation and technology. It will also serve you if you are a design practitioner seeking professional development. It introduces an approach to modelling that can be applied in design studio, postgraduate project work and professional practice. The course is primarily offered in face-to-face studio/tutorial mode. It will include relevant lectures and presentations from staff and invited presenters.  You will be offered some skill-based direction combined with tutorial and seminar support for individual or group project-based work, shared regularly within the class. There will be opportunities to generate physical prototypes using rapid prototyping and traditional modelling techniques. Projects will be reviewed in class as the principal basis for assessment.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Synthesise design issues, information, programmatic and technical requirements in flexible design models; 
  • Deploy appropriate digital and analogue techniques, leading to diverse prototypical design solutions;
  • Present, argue and critique individual and collaborative design modelling proposals haptically, visually and verbally to multidisciplinary peers and  academics.
  • Work collaboratively and across disciplines to produce applicable flexible design models and model paradigms for innovation in future design practice.

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

  • Develop a custom approach to flexible design modelling that reveals and yields useful outcomes in the design process.
  • Collaborate or learn from other disciplines and key stakeholders on design problems on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Articulate complex design ideas to diverse audiences through an adaptable repertoire of communication strategies and technologies.
  • Use appropriate research methods to design and execute  project design modelling and prototyping, evaluate the outcome.


Refer to Capability Development


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities

including:

  • Studying, applying and combining different flexible modelling techniques
  • Independent and collaborative design modelling and prototyping
  • Producing visual and verbal presentations of design work
  • Fabrication of physical, digital and combined models or other representative materials
  • Attendance at presentations and public events as related to the project


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 it is advisable that you have an appropriate personal computer or laptop computer capable of running such educational modelling software as Rhino 3D, Digital Project, etc. this will include running Bootcamp on an Apple MacBook.
  • You are also recommended to have drawing supplies and basic prototyping equipment such as protective eye-ware, ear plugs, dust jacket, closed toe or safety shoes, steel ruler, craft knife etc.
  • You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
  • You will have access to and will use 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 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 academic staff 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