Course Title: Design and produce a product incorporating mechanical/electrical features

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: GRAP6339

Course Title: Design and produce a product incorporating mechanical/electrical features

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 and Kevin Lewis

Nominal Hours: 180

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 skills and knowledge required to design and produce a mechanical/electrical product from a brief applying a range of advanced techniques and materials.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21026 Design and produce a product incorporating mechanical/electrical features


1. Contribute to the development of the product design brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Evaluate the potential for a range of approaches

1.2  Use idea generation techniques to refine parameters of the design brief

1.3  Consider financial cost and environmental impact of design for impact on design brief.

1.4  Research intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements for inclusion in design brief

1.5  Provide verbal and written input into drafting of design brief


2. Research relevant technological information

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Source and access information pertinent to the brief

2.2  Assess information for relevance and applicability

2.3  Liaise with relevant specialists in relation to technological options

2.4  Access information on available electrical or mechanical devices to requirements of brief


3. Develop a range of technologically innovative solutions to the design problem

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Determine a range of innovative solutions to meet the parameters of the brief

3.2  Establish criteria for selecting mechanical or electrical features required to develop the design solution

3.3  Refine design solution based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of technological options


4. Plan design process

Performance Criteria:

4.1  Identify all components required to produce the design solution

4.2  Assess technical, resource and workspace requirements associated with production

4.3  Consult with any specialist services required for the production of the work

4.4  Develop a documented project plan


5. Provide visual concepts to client

Performance Criteria:

5.1  Present product design and proposed timelines for production to client including rationale for any changes

5.2  Respond to feedback and make changes to design as required

5.3  Confirm production plan and timelines with client


6. Realise working prototype

Performance Criteria:

6.1  Develop the design solution using appropriate facilities, tools, techniques and materials

6.2  Refine the design solution based on ongoing experiences with the production of work

6.3  Use safe working practices throughout the production of the design solution

6.4  Prepare final design and documentation to accompany final design

6.5  Develop specifications to ensure that the quality of work meets requirements

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 assessment tasks 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

Academic Progress:
At the end of each academic period individual student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee and students will be advised of their eligibility for progression.

Student Charter:
The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and law, indicates what the University and its students can expect from each other. The University’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge to meet the needs of industry and the community and to foster in students the skills and passion to contribute to and engage with the world.

Student Responsibilities:
In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:
•The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
•RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
•To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
•To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
•To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.

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Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures. (unresolved)

Equitable Assessment:
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Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.

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Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of
effective and successful participation in the workplace.

The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising,
Self management, Learning and Technology.

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