Product Design Engineering Studio 2

DPD20003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

The Design Studio introduces the principles of sustainable design by developing an understanding of sustainable issues and an appreciation the impact of production and consumption patterns on the world’s diminishing natural resources. Additionally, the studio introduces and applies eco-design strategies and technical skills to reduce the impact of materials and manufacturing processes on global ecosystems. The Design studio also aims to build product design and development skills through enhanced knowledge in materials and manufacturing systems. The Digital Visualisation Module aims to facilitate the use of Digital Visualisation and presentation techniques to visually communicate Design and Engineering intent.

Students who successfully complete this Unit should be able to:
1. Discuss the changing nature of manufacturing brought about by environmental pressures and future legislation and the broad sustainable issues impacting the product design profession. (K4, K5, K6, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5)
2. Generate sustainable designs using eco-design strategies and Design for Environment methodologies. (K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, S3, S4, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)
3. Conduct product evaluation, re-design and apply life-cycle thinking. (K6, S1, S3, S4, A1, A2, A3, A4, A6)
4. Use engineering methods to analyse the strength of materials in product contexts. (K1, S1, A4)
5. Synthesise a range of product design and development skills including engineering documentation, CAD techniques and prototyping into design projects. (S1, S3, S4, A2, A4, A5, A6)
6. Use computer image enhancing and digital sketching techniques to visually communicate design and engineering intent.

This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural
and physical sciences.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific
discipline within that context.
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.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a
sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.