Product Design Engineering Studio

DPD20002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 48

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


ENG10001 Engineering Design and Innovation
ENG10002 Materials and Processes

Aims and objectives

The Product Design Studio will introduce a range of Product Design skills including innovative idea generation, visualisation and sketching techniques for communication of both external and internal product detail. Additionally, the development of engineering methodologies, such as, Reverse Engineering and the generation of Product Design Specifications to document complex product design requirements will be applied to the Studio project. The Prototyping workshop module will cover Safety Workshop practices using hand and machine techniques, including material selection and prototyping strategies to communicate and make three dimensional forms, form studies and prototypes.

Students who successfully complete this Unit should be able to:
1. Apply practical engineering methodologies, such as reverse engineering processes, to determine effective and efficient design. (K4, S1, S2, S3)
2. Apply idea generation techniques and consider user demographics to achieve innovative and appropriate product design outcomes. (K5, A1, A2, A3, A5, A6)
3. Interpret internal and external product requirements and generate product design specifications.
4. Address a range of product design and development skills including engineering documentation and prototyping into design projects. (S1, S3, S4, A1, A2)
5. Use and appropriately select sketching techniques to effectively communicate design intent. (A2)
6. Undertake safe prototyping practices in the prototyping workshop using both hand and machinery techniques, including material and prototyping strategy selection. (S2, S3,A2, A6).
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne
Engineering Competencies:

• K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging
knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
• K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting
Professional engineering practice.
• S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
• S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving
complex problems.
• S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
• S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting
and managing projects.
• A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and
Professional accountability.
• A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and
wider audiences.
• A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering
• A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and
Managing information.
• A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
• A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.