Course Title: Research and apply techniques in product design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: GRAP6336C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques in product design

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robin Blood

Kevin Lewis

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research and apply techniques for the design of products. It involves interpreting work briefs, organising resources, testing ideas, and refining approaches to a range of design challenges. The unit covers the design process to the point of producing prototypes of products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDES404A Research and apply techniques in product design


1. Interpret product design briefs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the specifications of design briefs
1.2 Take user or client requirements into account when making decisions about designing products
1.3 Clarify issues about specifications, parameters and constraints with relevant people as required
1.4 Research and evaluate information pertinent to briefs


2. Organise resources for product design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify resources required to develop prototypes of products, including work space, materials, tools and equipment
2.2 Prepare and care for resources according to requirements
2.3 Follow storage and inventory procedures


3. Test product design approaches

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce preliminary visual representations
3.2 Identify possible approaches and establish criteria for selecting final approach
3.3 Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment and test approaches and techniques
3.4 Evaluate testing processes against criteria and select the approach that best meets the requirements of briefs
3.5 Critique own work and seek feedback as required
3.6 Refine and document the approach to product design based on testing and evaluation


4. Make prototypes of products

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate the need for object fabrication
4.2 Select and organise materials, tools and equipment for fabrication according to design approach
4.3 Safely make the prototype or sample ensuring consistency with design concepts and briefs
4.4 Respond positively to feedback and refine work as required
4.5 Present prototypes within agreed timeframes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio/workshop/class room using industry standard resources. You will complete exercises and industry relevant projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study  to complete assignments outside class time.

In class activities may include:
• Presentations and demonstration
• teacher directed group activities/projects with individual input from students 
• class exercises to practice and develop skills
• Analysis/critique of relevant material
• Student presentations with Teacher and Peer feedback and review
• Personal class time to discuss and develop own work for assessment/presentation 

Out of class activities may include:
• practical work on projects
• investigation and research
• preparing of work for presentations
• project work
• independent research
• online research
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

These are available from the course on your online Blackboard portal.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Practical tasks, a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a design journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence


The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

These are available from the course on your online Blackboard portal. 

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Product Design

CHD         Competent with high distinction             80 - 100           Highly developed
CDI           Competent with distinction                    70 - 79            Well developed
CC            Competent with credit                           60 - 69            Developed
CAG         Competent achieved - graded               50 - 59              Sound
NYC         Not Yet Competent
DNS         Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course on your online Blackboard portal.

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration policy (late submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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Please note
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources and student progression.

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