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.

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


100 credit points of study for all other courses

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.

Students who successfully complete this unit 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. Develop a range of methods, tools and frameworks for generating and sharing ideas and alternate views.

Courses with unit

Unit in the Innovation Minor