Module Title:   Studio 1

Module Credit:   40

Module Code:   EM-0158K

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Project 20+20

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Kate Johnson

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr Fin Caton-Rose

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the design process and design methods through a series of design projects. The projects will seek to integrate components from other modules, linking learning outcomes. On successful completion of this module the students will have created a digital portfolio, have presented their work in both a formal and informal setting and created a personal development plan to take forward through their future studies.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Product Designers solve problems, either from an initial premise such as a design specification or through their own research and evaluation of a given market. Our teaching strategy is based on this principle as is strongly centred on a problem based learning approach.
A Studio environment is at the centre of this module, where students learn about the design process through a series of design projects, selected by the academic staff.
Concepts, principles and theories are explored in formal lectures, practiced in associated tutorials and applied in practical classes and Studio projects. Through this approach the importance of a given scientific or aesthetic theory is placed in context within the design process, linking learning outcomes with other modules.
Modes of assessment are varied with a mix of reflective reports, oral presentations, videos, models, prototypes and design journals. Coursework assessments are based on the specific module learning outcomes and have been designed so as to provide successful students with a portfolio of work suitable for development during Stage 2 [Level 5] and subsequent placement or Stage 3 [Level 6].

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   280.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   72.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   400.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

KU01. Recognise established design process methodologies and how they are employed to generate and develop user centred and innovative product solutions
KU02. Analyse technological progress, social, environmental and cultural changes to understand how these impact upon contemporary design
KU04. Select and apply fundamental science and technological principles within the design process
KU05. Select and utilise principles of material and process selection within the manufacture (or description of manufacture) of a product
KU06. Assess visual elements and aesthetics and how they affect aspect

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

DS01. Apply the principles of the design process and methods to generate and develop innovative product solutions
DS02. Utilise sketching and other graphical techniques to develop and communicate design
DS03. Use test-rigs, models and prototypes to communicate your design
DS04. Use industry standard computer modelling software to develop design solutions
DS05. Select and apply appropriate manufacturing processes and technologies to realise your designs
DS06. Create a portfolio of work to convey your design solutions

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

PT01. Demonstrate effective independent learning
PT02. Use problem solving strategies to develop innovative design solutions
PT03. Use group activities to meet shared objectives
PT04. Create a personal development plan
PT05. Present ideas and solutions in a variety of different ways and to different audiences
PT06. Apply research skills within problem based learning tasks

  Coursework   100%
  A series of design projects (approximately 5) will be spread over 2 semesters
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary Assessment - A single design project submitted as a portfolio of work including design development journal

Outline Syllabus:
This module introduces students to the design process and design methods used during product development. Students will undertake a series of design projects (typically 5) within a studio learning environment. These will include both individual and group activities. Students will develop skills in analysis, research, problem solving, applications of scientific principles, selection and application of appropriate manufacturing processes and materials, sustainability, effective use of time, creative and rational design methods and design communication. This module will also integrate skills from other modules in terms of rapid sketching, technical drawing, graphic layout, rendering, clay, sand and card modelling, computer modelling, digital prototyping and effective digital design communication.

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