Module Title:   Blue Sky Brief

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG3094D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Design & Product Development (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Mr CR Johnstone

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop an awareness of the challenges of `blue-sky` development within the context of design and development.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lecture/discussion sessions will be used to introduce the module and direct study. Once students have agreed a line of enquiry and a project brief with the tutor, guidance will occur during studio based tutorials and seminars. Critical evaluation sessions during the seminars will encourage students to share and value each others opinions. As a project Module, the assessment will be based entirely upon the project outcome and how well it answers the brief agreed with the tutor.

Lectures:   6.00          Directed Study:   158.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   36.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

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

1.1 Critically evaluate how knowledge of the past may be used to understand and predict future trends.
1.2 Suggest a future scenario and propose a potential design solution.

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

2.1 Apply appropriate methods and techniques to generate, select and develop concepts and ideas based upon future potentials.
2.2 Develop a body of work that illustrates creative innovation and problem solving.
2.3 Meet and fulfil agreed (e.g. competition) requirements.

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

3.1 Communicate information, ideas, problems and your solutions to a group of your peers. .

  Coursework   100%
  A short, creative individual design Project that may be based on a national design competition. 4000 word equivalent
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary Assessment - As original (but probably not based on a current competition).

Outline Syllabus:
There is a particular field of design that is linked with innovation and high levels of creativity. Sometimes referred to as `blue sky` design, this is where creative and forward looking professionals try to suggest or predict new product opportunities and potential developments. Sometimes these predictions are based upon a `what if` scenario that may include social, technical, material, political or environmental changes or opportunities. Whilst this is a quite specialised aspect of a designers work, there is no doubt that it can be a challenging if rewarding task. Each year there are a series of design competitions issued that challenge students to explore specific areas of design. Students are encouraged to select and answer an approved nationally issued competition briefs (e.g. D&AD, RSA, Corus, Peugeot etc) or select and agree a brief of their own. If appropriate, some students work may be appropriate for submission for competition judging.

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