Course Title: Advanced Industrial Design Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Industrial Design Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
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: Simon Lockrey

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

GRAP  1051 Industrial Design Engineering: Materials, Mechanics, Processes and Principles of Production

Course Description

Advanced Industrial Design Engineering provides you a theoretical and applied exposure to how industrial designers work within the technical parameters of engineering a product for manufacture and for use. The course opens up ways in which design concepts might be ‘engineered’ toward various paradigms of manufacture including: lean manufacturing; design for disassembly and re-manufacture; scalable, distributed and open-source modes of advanced and additive manufacturing; mass-manufacture; and, mass-customization.

While the course focuses on the development of technical design knowledge and skills, the social, cultural and environmental dimensions of product manufactucturing and use necessarily intersects to guide and define the particular ways in which design specifies the nature of labour in the production and use process.

Working within these complex considerations of the technical and the social you will develop new ways of researching and making design decisions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Identify and solve complex design problems in relation to how products are produced, how they work and how thay are used.
  • Analyse design details, materials and processes for their efficacy within their particular contexts of application and generate innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Synthesise design ideas from theoretical understandings and apply them in your own own design and research activities with initiative, critically and reflectively.
  • Manage design documentation within industry standard transmittal protocols and articulate technical design issues in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate a deep appreciation for the social, economic and environmental implications of design specifications for production and use and convey those understandings in an ethical framework that guides your own practice.

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.
  • Initiate, plan, manage and execute research and design projects with independence and in an objective and ethical manner.
  • 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

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual design and research projects.

Given the technical nature of the curriculum you will be required to undertake and manage your own skills development in a self-directed manner using various support resources such as computer laboratories with specialist design software, and the various digital prototyping technologies located in the School of Architecture and Designs workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

To effectively participate in coursework you are advised to procure (as a minimum) the following:

  • Drawing Supplies including visual diaries, pens, pencils, markers and ancillary products and consumables.
  • Prototyping Supplies including protective eye-ware, ear plugs, a dust jacket, closed toe or safety shoes a 150mm steel ruler, a high quality craft knife and ancillary products and consumables.
  • Documentation Equipment including a digital camera and an audio recording device such as an MP3 player or mobile phone.

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

Design project briefs, 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.

You will have access to and will utilize the School of Architecture and Design Workshop facilities and access to computer labs with specialist software and printing facilities.

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 may include reports, visualisations, design prototypes, design project documentation, conduct, and presentations. Assessment tasks may be undertaken either individually or in teams.

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 Services • 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: