Course Title: Develop, Trial and Evaluate Prototypes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Develop, Trial and Evaluate Prototypes

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 2 2021


City Campus


515T Creative Industries


Sem 2 2022

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

Prerequisites:   GRAP 2376

Co-requisites:  None

Pre & Co requisites
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.
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Appropriate experience in using workshop facilities and a range of equipment and materials safely.

Course Description

Develop, Trial and Evaluate Prototypes covers the development of specifications, the identification and selection of materials and processes, the production and trialling of prototypes and the undertaking of evaluation.

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
• articulate and transmit design ideas through a variety of methods and technologies to be able to present design outcomes for others to understand and engage with
• present and communicate furniture prototypes for sustainable futures which consider the professional and ethical practice of furniture design in a global societal cultural context
• apply initiative and judgment in exploration in, planning of, problem solving and decision making in your work

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• generate prototype specifications from design concept development
• justify and document materials, suppliers and techniques suitable for the construction of furniture
• explore and trial construction methods for prototypes & scale models
• apply techniques to the production of components and construction of prototypes
• evaluate prototype 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
  • concept development from ideation through to mock up
  • development of prototype specification
  • carry out elements of quality control in the production of prototypes
  • construction of scale models
  • development of knowledge through investigation of materials and processes 

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

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 be based on the objects produced, 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: