Toolbox for Prototyping and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

DES20057 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

2019 teaching periods

Higher Ed.  Semester 1
4 Mar 192 Jun 19
Results: 9 Jul 19
Last self enrolment: 17 Mar 19
Census: 31 Mar 19
Last withdraw without fail: 19 Apr 19
Higher Ed.  Semester 2
5 Aug 193 Nov 19
Results: 10 Dec 19
Last self enrolment: 18 Aug 19
Census: 31 Aug 19
Last withdraw without fail: 20 Sep 19


50cp of study in Bachelor of Innovation and Design
100cp 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