Course Title: Industrial Design Honours: Reflection and Exposition

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Design Honours: Reflection and Exposition

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


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

Course Coordinator: Juliette Anich

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be undertaken concurrently with either:

GRAP 2290 Industrial Design Honours Project Part One: Design Research and Development


GRAP 1040 Industrial Design Honours Project Part Two: Design Research and Prototyping

Course Description

This course provides a supportive environment in which the textual and visual account of your Industrial Design Honours Project can be transferred and refined into a scholarly and reflective exposition of design practice.

Focused on enabling high degrees of reflection on your design-research practice the course will comprise of a series of workshops, tutorials and field work. These activities will provide methodological guidance on how to reflect upon, articulate and frame your design-research practice to a range of stakeholders.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Articulate in a scholarly way the application of theory, methods and practice in a textual and visual account.
  • Provide a critical and reflective analysis on the efficacy and rigor of your own design-research practices.
  • Convey the breadth and depth of design research activities undertaken in a responsible and ethical way.
  • Initiate, conduct and conclude design-research around a set of clearly framed and self defined questions and methods applied to a particular context of application.
  • Communicate your design ideas and modes of practice to a range of stakeholders.

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.
  • 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

The research methodologies, practices, theories, design discourses and other research frameworks you have constructed around your Honours design research projects will be actively worked on to convert and refine them into a scholarly account of design practice. You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as symposiums, lectures, tutorials, group and class discussions. You will undertake reading, academic writing, diagramming and peer review processes. 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

It is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.

Assessment tasks, 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 and research.

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Industrial Design Students.

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 of these learning outcomes will be undertaken through the exposition of your practice in a textual and visual form.

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.

Equitable Learning Service

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Policy

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: