Course Title: The Contemporary Industrial Design Enterprise: Modes and Practice in Design Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Contemporary Industrial Design Enterprise: Modes and Practice in Design Business

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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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GRAP1045

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP1045

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Urban Design

Face-to-Face

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

GRAP1045

City Campus

Undergraduate

370H Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Juliette Anich

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email: juliettemarie.anich@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Please email

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. 


Course Description

The Contemporary Industrial Design Enterprise exposes you to various modes industrial design enterprise: where the designer functions as a freelance and entrepreneurial agent; works within the organisational protocols of a manufacturing enterprise or design consulting business; and, where the designer offers specific expertise in the research, innovation, cultural and community domains. A focus is given to how you as a designer might manage and work within multidisciplinary teams, and how you can respond to ever-shifting economic, cultural and technological change. Through this you will develop a working appreciation for the pragmatic dimensions of professional practice.


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 
  • Articulate complex design ideas to diverse audiences through an advanced and adaptable repertoire of communication strategies and technologies 
  • 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 


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

1) Convey a critical appreciation of various modes of professional practice within different forms of industrial design enterprise.

2) Collaborate with others on the negotiation of the often complex operational, legal and financial issues confronted within design businesses of differing scales and orientations within the innovation, services, manufacturing sectors and the creative industries.

3) Demonstrate an applied and professional approach to business planning, project management, research and documentation tasks.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be introduced to, and undertake investigations into various modes of professional practice and design enterprises through case studies, readings, and active field work. You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, discussions, group and individual research, presentations, academic writing, peer review and associated design activities. You are encouraged and expected to contribute (in an ongoing manner) to tutorial discussions and to present your work and ideas in an open way for appraisal by peers.


Overview of Learning Resources

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

To effectively participate in coursework, either on or away from campus, you are advised to obtain (as a minimum) the following:

  • Drawing Supplies including visual diaries, pens, pencils, markers and ancillary products and consumables.
  • Personal Protective Equipment including protective eye-wear, ear plugs, a dust jacket, and closed toe safety shoes
  • Prototyping Supplies including a 150mm steel ruler, a high quality craft knife and ancillary products, materials and consumables.
  • Design and Documentation Equipment including a personal computer of an appropriate specification, course specific software, a digital camera and a mobile phone.

    When on campus you will have access to and will utilise the School of Design workshop facilities, specialist computer labs and software, and 2D and 3D printing facilities.

    Course specific resources such as readings, reference lists, access to specialist software, video demonstrations and class notes will be provided online.

    There are services 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 portal.


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: Idea, 10% CLO1, CLO2

Assessment Task 2: Pitch, 20% CLO1, CLO2

Assessment Task 3: Plan 30%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3

Assessment Task 4: Report, 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3

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.