IDN2001 - Industrial design studio 3 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Selby Coxon


Mr Marinos Drakopoulos

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




IDE2113, IDE2701Not offered in 2019 or IDE2303Not offered in 2019


The aim of this unit is to engage the student in sophisticated concepts around understanding of the person to machine interface. This includes an appreciation of the core principles of anthropometrics, the concept of physical, semantic and cultural constraints. Mapping of control and feedback systems. Affordances and user centred issues around a series of physical and virtual problems. The unit examines the theoretical underpinning of the interaction of humans with objects and systems from anthropometry and the physical world to psychological constructions of how people interact with objects. Students are encouraged to apply theoretical learning with an experimental approach to problem solving. Project work is presented in folio format, documented for production. Final design proposals are also undertaken in detailed model or prototypical form where appropriate.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and devise solutions to design problems that respond to the key theoretical principles of human-machine interface;
  2. Understand and apply principles of design constraints, mapping and affordances;
  3. Understand and apply principles of Graphic User Interface;
  4. Understand and apply principles of ergonomics;
  5. Understand and apply principles of the physical interaction between humans and objects.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

24 hours per week including 8 contact hours plus 16 hours of independent study.

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