Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Daniel Dobrogorsky


This unit broadens the student's understanding of the use and properties of materials in product design. There is a particular emphasis upon new and emerging materials and processes and volumes of production. Lectures cover the following areas of study; comparative assembly techniques, automated assembly, recycling and disassembly, surface treatments, guidelines for designing mouldings; fastening and joining techniques.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have an advanced knowledge of applications of materials and manufacturing in product design
  2. understand the performance of materials including environmental exposure
  3. understand the properties of new and emerging materials and their process interaction
  4. be able to design products for assembly and disassembly
  5. observe and employ occupational health and safety principles and rules appropriate to studio practice.


Progressive assessment: 50%; Class test: 50%

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including, 3 studio hours and 9 independent study hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)


OHS1000 and either IDE1802 or ENG1501 or ENG1050 or MEC2403