Module Title:   Digital Prototyping and Communication

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0159L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Film & Media

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

Principal Co-ordinator:   tbc

Additional Tutor(s):   tbc

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

This module aims to develop students` ability to communicate and test design concepts through the use of modern manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining, additive manufacture and 3D printing and computer communication techniques such as rendering, image manipulation and video creation. Skills developed within this module will be employed within EM-0158K - Studio 1.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Basic concepts of graphical communication within a digital environment are introduced through a series of tutorial and seminars. Knowledge and practical skills are assessed in classroom tests, performed under examination conditions, solo and group coursework projects.

Lectures:   0.00          Directed Study:   126.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   62.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

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

KU03. Select and apply fundamental science and technological principles within the design process.
* Select and apply fundamental scientific principles in transmission of motion to specified design tasks
KU04. Select and utilise principles of material and process selection within the manufacture (or description of manufacture) of a product
* Utilise fundamental process principles to select the most appropriate prototyping method
* Select appropriate materials for manufacture of prototypes
KU05. Assess visual elements and aesthetics and how they affect aspects of design

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 user centred and innovative product solutions
DS02. Utilise sketching and other graphical techniques to develop and communicate design
* Convey design solutions through a series of media including video, computer renders and illustrated manuals
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

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
PT05. Present ideas and solutions in a variety of different ways and to different audiences

  Classroom test 1.50 25%
  Graded exercise under examination condition (1 hour 30 min in total)
  Coursework   25%
  Solo project in the form of a prototype fabricated via 3D printing
  Coursework   50%
  Group project demonstrating a design solution to be presented in terms of functional prototype and a video presentation
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary Assessment - A solo project demonstrating a design solution to a given problem

Outline Syllabus:
This module encourages students to develop their design communication skills by introducing and applying digital prototyping techniques. Students are introduced to a number of computer graphics and prototyping methods including photo manipulation, vector art, 3D printing, additive manufacture and CNC machining. Assessment is based on a classroom test, covering photo manipulation and vector graphics, and two projects, one individual and one group. Design projects within the solo and group coursework will focus on the application of scientific, technological, manufacturing and materials principles to construct viable solutions to given tasks.

Reading List
Hoskins (2013) 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers. Bloomsbury
Hopkinson, Neil; Hague, Richard (2005) Rapid Manufacturing, An Industrial Revolution for the Digital Age. Wiley Blackwell
Raja, Vinesh; Fernandes, Kiran (2010) Reverse Engineering: An Industrial Perspective. Springer
Hallgrimson (2012) Prototyping and Model making for Product Design Portfolio Skills

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