The course is based on a prototype project at J. Hyneman Center (JHC). The project is carried out mostly independently at JHC. The original initiative for the prototype building can come from students or from an outside organization.
With a high demand of self-organization and independency, the course is at advanced level.
The course applies problem-based learning to a concrete prototype development task. Students may work in appropriate size multidiscipline groups. Each group will work mostly independently and self-organizing way, and their learning objectives will be tailored on the basis of their targets in the beginning the course.
The course contains of determining the actual problem or target, the acquisition of needed knowledge and skills, determination, comparison and selection of possible different process alternatives, sketching and designing the manufacturing process, selecting needed materials and equipment, economic calculations in an appropriate level and building & testing the prototype.
The learning during the course will be presented e.g. via portfolio or reflective and comprehensive report, and presenting the results to an audience e.g. in a seminar or conference.