Course Title: Workshop Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Workshop Methods

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Julian Pratt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 71.02.02

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

Workshop Methods involves developing knowledge and capabilities in selecting and safely using equipment and materials relevant to the furniture industry and appropriate to the construction of furniture prototypes and models. Worksop Methods introduces the practice of  self and peer evaluation of produced objects against criteria.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• explore materials & modern manufacturing methods to develop concepts to proposal or prototype for both local and international corporate or individual clients
• evaluate your own work, ideas and concepts, including self, peer and industry critique


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• investigate, identify and select materials appropriate to furniture design and construction.
• perform basic operations with hand tools, power tools and static machines appropriate to furniture design and construction
• apply knowledge of a range of construction methods, materials and processes to the making of a small items
• use workshop facilities and a range of equipment and materials safely
• evaluate furniture items against criteria


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in furniture workshop learning activities which include: demonstrations, group and class discussions, group practicals and individual projects;
• group practical exercises: safe workshop practices, data development, process reflection, component production and assembly of a furniture prototype.
• practicals investigating materials, construction & assembly mechanics
• individual practical exercises: safe workshop practices, data development, parts specifications and low technology component production and assemblies.
You are also required to investigate and develop knowledge outside of scheduled workshop classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

You are required to have your own personal protective equipment.
RMIT will provide you with resources, tools and equipment in a workshop/machine shop environment for learning in this course.
You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Furniture Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Tristan Badham (

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment will include the prototypes and models, supporting object development documents and reports detailing exploration during your learning.
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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: