Course Title: Develop products incorporating mechanical/electrical features

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5382 Diploma of Product Design

Course Title: Develop products incorporating mechanical/electrical features

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 180

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2019,
Term2 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4683

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and produce a product incorporating mechanical/electrical features from a brief, applying a range of advanced techniques and materials. It includes the ability to contribute to the product design through the research and development of design options, planning the design process and providing visual concepts to the clients before realising the prototype. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU22263 Develop products incorporating mechanical/electrical features


1. Develop the design concept

2. Undertake research to inform the design

3. Develop innovative options

4. Plan the design process

5. Deliver visual concepts to client

6. Realise working prototype

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to product designers who design and produce products that incorporate mechanical/electrical features. As part of the conceptualisation and design process, product designers undertake research and explore design solutions to meet marketing, manufacturing and financial requirements to achieve the ideal design of a product. They consider both functional and aesthetic aspects and pay attention to ergonomics. They select components and materials and decide on assembly and manufacturing details. They prepare visual concepts to assist in the decision-making process and models and prototypes to demonstrate and test products and support marketing efforts. This work could be carried out independently or as part of a product development team

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Practical tasks, a major project
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of a design journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence


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