Course Title: Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping

Credit Points: 24.00

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


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


Brunswick Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Scott Mitchell

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed GRAP2290 Industrial Design Honours Project Part One: Design Research and Development

before you commence this course. 

Unless already completed you should undertake GRAP2573/GRAP2939 Industrial Design Honours: Reflection and Exposition at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

NOTE: For students from any Engineering / Industrial Design double degree programs as part of your program you undertake GRAP2290 Industrial Design Honours Project Part One: Design Research and Development followed by GRAP1040 Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping in the subsequent semester.These projects either are directly connected with industry or simulate the situation of a graduate engineer in industry reporting to a supervisor with whom they meet regularly. In the cases where the project is directly connected with industry the industry partner is usually involved in some components of the assessment. Industrial practitioners can become involved in the assessment of some component of the work done by students involved in projects that simulate the situation of a graduate engineer in industry. This course acts as the submission point for your engineering work experience required as part of the Engineers Australia accreditation process.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  

Course Description

This course concludes the capstone self-directed design research project commenced in Industrial Design Honours Project Part One. Under supervision within a design-research studio setting, you will further develop and realise your design research project. You will translate your design solutions and propositions into rigorously documented, prototyped and tested artefacts and systems. These refined outcomes will be used to communicate your propositions to industry and community stakeholders in a professional and scholarly manner, and to reflect deeply on the meanings and findings you have discovered in your particular approach to research-led design practice.

This course is a designated WIL course. If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM). See the WAM information web page for more information.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop 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.
  • Generate innovative approaches to design problems and solutions, with a criticality and openness to the perspectives and needs of others in a situation.
  • Advocate through design practice the improvement of the conditions and wellbeing of people, cultural practices and environments.
  • Initiate, plan, manage and execute research and design projects with independence and in an objective and ethical manner.
  • Reflect on own learning and the efficacy of design decisions made, adapting to needs and issues as they arise, and continuously seeking improvement.
  • Demonstrate through practice-based design research an advanced knowledge of the socio-technical, environmental and economic eco-systems of industrial design both locally and globally.

NOTE: For students from any Engineering / Industrial Design double degree programs, and in addition to the Industrial Design program learning outcomes this course contributes to the development of the following three Engineering program learning outcomes:

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

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

1) Execute the design, production testing of self-generated design projects in the form highly resolved and prototyped outcomes.

2) Articulate the outcomes of your design and research practices to a professional standard through a range of mediums including drawings and design documentation, prototypes, academic writing and presentations.

3) Critically analyse your own positions in the design research context and reflect on the efficacy, rigour and ethical considerations of your own practices.

4) Apply critical, creative and strategic design thinking, and specialist knowledge and skills in the management of design research projects in collaboration with peers and other stakeholders.

5) Initiate and conduct design research around a set of clearly framed and self-defined questions and methods in a particular context of application.

Overview of Learning Activities

Delivered in a design studio format, you will actively learn through a variety of face-to-face, self-directed and online activities. This course immerses you into specific aspects of the discipline, its methods and practices through doing design projects. These projects involve a range of planned learning experiences including: individual and group problem solving; sketch ideation and the iterative development of design concepts; prototyping for the purpose of further refining propositions; realising material design artefacts within workshop environments: and, presenting and reporting on individual and collective learning. The design studio format gives you the opportunity to explore and apply social, contextual , technical, and theoretical design issues in depth and through a variety of approaches, principles, real and simulated situations, and practical constraints.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Project Abstract, 10% CLO2, CLO3 

Assessment Task 2: Project Report, 50% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5 

Assessment Task 3: Professional Outcomes 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.