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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021


Brunswick Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Emma Luke

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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 supports the preparation and production of the textual and visual account of your Industrial Design Honours Project. You will learn how to transfer the various aspects of your honours year project into a refined, 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 and tutorials. These activities will provide methodological guidance on how to reflect upon, articulate, and frame your design-research practices to a range of stakeholders.

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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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.

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

1) Create a textual and visual account that articulates, in a scholarly way, the application of theory and methods within your design practice.

2) Provide a critical and reflective analysis on the efficacy, rigour, and ethical approach of your own design-research practices.

3) Using a variety of media, convey the breadth and depth of your design research activities and the context in which it operates.

4) Effectively communicate your design ideas and modes of practice to a range of stakeholders, including your peers.

Overview of Learning Activities

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. The research methodologies, practices, theories, design discourses and other research frameworks you have constructed around your Industrial Design Honours projects will be actively worked on to convert and refine them into a scholarly account of design practice. You are encouraged, and expected, to participate (in an ongoing manner) in tutorial discussions and activities 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: Research Design and Visualisation 30% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 2.  Draft book design 40%  CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 3: : Online Exposition 30% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

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.