Course Title: Design sustainable product or process

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: MANU7357C

Course Title: Design sustainable product or process

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5329 - Diploma of Product Design

Course Contact: Robin Blood

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Malcolm Thomas

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to redesign an existing, or design a new, product or process to achieve optimal sustainability outcomes

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSS015004A Design sustainable product or process


1. Define parameters of new/improved product

Performance Criteria:


Consult with relevant stakeholders to determine required function, performance and aesthetics of new product


Identify market, expected time to market and cost constraints of product and production process


Identify requirements with possible high sustainability impacts


Negotiate requirements to achieve desired sustainability impacts


Develop agreed definition of product requirements


2. Develop alternative product and process designs

Performance Criteria:


Identify alternative resource requirements


Identify alternative processes


Determine the possible sustainability impacts of different combinations of resources and processes


Test alternative product and process designs against original product requirement definitions


Identify product requirements which may be causing significant sustainability impacts


Renegotiate, where possible, product requirements to lessen sustainability impacts


Short-list preferred resources and processes


3. Evaluate life cycle impacts

Performance Criteria:


Estimate life cycle sustainability impacts for each short-listed alternative


Identify process steps with greatest sustainability impact


Evaluate process steps for alternatives/modifications with lower impact


Select alternative which best meets requirements and has the lowest sustainability impact


4. Confirm design

Performance Criteria:


Develop selected design as required


Confirm life cycle sustainability impacts


Review design against product requirements


Obtain required authorisations


Document design in the required form


5. Prepare for implementation

Performance Criteria:


Consult with key stakeholders


Identify key measures for monitoring implementation of design


Identify data sources required by key measures


Organise for data to be captured and manipulated, as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio/workshop/CAD room/class room using industry standard resources. You will complete exercises and industry relevant projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study  to complete assignments outside class time.

In class activities may include:
• Presentations and demonstration
• teacher directed group activities/projects with individual input from students 
• class exercises to practice and develop skills
• Analysis/critique of relevant material
• Student presentations with Teacher and Peer feedback and review
• Personal class time to discuss and develop own work for assessment/presentation 

Out of class activities may include:
• practical work on projects
• investigation and research
• preparing of work for presentations
• project work
• independent research
• online research
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

SessionClass Content - To complete for each courseLearning elements
1Introduction to course:
  • Learning outcomes - what you are going to learn in this class
  • Learning plan - weekly timetable of classes
  • Assessment criteria - Rubrics
  • Course requirements - expectations of student engagement in learning and assessment
  • Consultation framework - how and when your teacher will give you feedback on how you are going.
2 Research 
3 Research 
4 Research 
5 Define 
6 Define brief 
7 Define Brief 
8 Develop Design 
9 Develop Design 
10 Develop Design 
11 Document design 
12 Document Design 
13 Deliver Design 
14 Deliver Design 
15 Deliver Design 
16Student Assessment and presentations 
 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

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


The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Assessment task                                              Content/requirements                          Hand out Date               Due date

1          Research                                                 Report                                                    Session 2                  Session 9

2         Prototype                                                  Model                                                     Session   2                Session 15

3          Folio                                                           Folio                                                     Session     2              Session 15

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Product Design

CHD         Competent with high distinction             80 - 100           Highly developed
CDI           Competent with distinction                    70 - 79            Well developed
CC            Competent with credit                           60 - 69            Developed
CAG         Competent achieved - graded               50 - 59              Sound
NYC         Not Yet Competent
DNS         Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course on your online Blackboard portal.

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration policy (late submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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Please note
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources and student progression.

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