Course Title: Industrial Design Prototyping and Complex Fabrication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Design Prototyping and Complex Fabrication

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP2578

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & 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

Course Coordinator: Ronnie Lacham

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email: ronnie.lacham@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP 1050 CAID to CAM

GRAP 1051 Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production

GRAP 1052 Design Prototyping: Materials, Processes and Experimentation


Course Description

Industrial Design Prototyping and Complex Fabrication engages you in a technical prototyping environment to translate designed products into production ready prototypes for exhibition, presentation and for accurately communicating design intent, usability, materiality and mechanical performance to manufacturers, and product engineers.

You will engage in a wide array of prototyping tools, machines and techniques and undertake a series of individual and group design prototyping projects.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

- collaborate with peers and technical experts to find solutions to complicated process of material machining, forming , construction and finishing
- identify and solve complex technical design problems and generate innovative solutions through rigorous technical analysis of design, material and equipment specifications
- manage the logistics of design and prototyping projects and identify specification and fabrication issues as they arise and adjust plans and procedures to address them
- approach the use of specialist tools, materials and industrial environments in a designerly manner with attention to the needs and safety of oneself and others and the appropriate use of resources
- execute and deliver professional standard design prototypes
 


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
- Collaborate with other specialists and key stakeholders on design problems on multi-disciplinary projects in diverse settings
- 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
 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as tutorials, lectures, prototyping workshops, group activities and individual design projects. A significant volume of the learning activities will take place in the School of Architecture and Designs workshop facilities in self-directed and team oriented practical prototyping sessions. You will work on prototyping your own designs and the designs of others. 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.


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-ware, 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: www.lib.rmit.edu.au/guides/industrial-design.html
 


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, 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.

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.

An assessment charter http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc