Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Design
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mark Richardson


This unit serves as an introduction to the field of consumer product design. Teaching centres on the design of electrical appliances, with emphasis on production issues, value analysis, ergonomics, materials selection, and documentation for manufacture. Consumer appeal and market factors will also be taken into account.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Design products to a high standard of technical and aesthetic performance
  2. Apply product analysis techniques to existing products and learn to develop them for new products
  3. Locate and apply information on materials and manufacturing processes
  4. Carry out design projects for the consumer product field, which incorporate electromechanical components and devices
  5. understand and practice the rules of occupational health and safety in force in the industrial design studio


Folio presentation of assigned projects: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 hours studio contact and 8 hours of independent study