Toolbox for Prototyping and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

DES20057 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


100 Credit Points
50 Credit Points in the Bachelor of Innovation and Design 

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to introduce students to the concept of prototyping as a core method for creative problem-solving and develop a language for enabling interdisciplinary collaboration in the context of innovation projects. Students will develop literacy in a range of different physical prototyping techniques to generate ideas, test with potential users and engage experts. Through key elements of prototyping they will find solutions to problems in cross-disciplinary working groups. Students will learn how to leverage an innovation ecosystem to support their project and how to engage in projects with high levels of personal and collaborative responsibility.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
1. Use appropriate materials/processes for prototyping and make prototypes of appropriate resolution, to achieve a desired outcome relevant to the stage of an innovation project
2. Construct appropriate collaboration and co-creation processes for working in an interdisciplinary team
3. Identify and apply appropriate methods for testing prototypes with users, and document learnings
4. Apply a range of methods, tools and frameworks for generating, sharing and refining ideas

Courses with unit

Unit in the Innovation Minor