Core Module Information
Module title: Foundation Product Design 2

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES07113
Module leader: Richard Firth
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module introduces you to simple manufacturing processes and material specification and how to apply them to a product design brief. Visualisation and presentation skills will be applied in an introduction to digital outputs and fabrication processes as a tool for developing form and presentation techniques. Workshop skills, rapid prototyping techniques and process will be applied to the development of form, function and ergonomics. You will explore design problem solving strategies and methodologies to aid research and concept development.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Use physical and virtual modelling to address creative and technical problem solving
LO2: Select and apply appropriate physical and virtual modelling techniques to develop, detail and realise form
LO3: develop function and ergonomics through physical and virtual modelling
LO4: apply user feedback through physical modelling and prototyping
LO5: Apply drawing and virtual modelling in persuasive visual presentation.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Richard Firth
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this practical module, tutor led lectures and demonstrations will introduce key
theoretical, contextual and technical concepts which you will then research further, explore and apply through coursework assignments (LO1-5).
A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self directed methods (independent learning and study) will be used. These methods are designed to foster and underpin student engagement and academic progression, whilst sensitive to deep, surface and strategic approaches to learning. Studio based design activities will facilitate the use of physical and virtual modelling in problem solving (LO1), detailing and development of form (LO2). Physical and virtual modelling will be used to identify ergonomic needs (LO3) and solicit user feedback (LO4). Visual output will be collated for presentation (LO5)

This module promotes the development of written and verbal communication skills (project proposals/ reflective evaluation), oral communication skills (presentation/ group debate) and problem based learning. Students are supported in planning, recording, and reflecting upon their experiences to develop employability and self awareness while understanding how their transferable skills might be applied in new settings.

You will be asked to report on your directed study task and feedback will be given to develop your confidence and allow practise of oral presentation and critique. Emphasis is placed on independent self-directed and peer-supported learning to allow you to explore and develop your own interests within the subject area in depth. To support this independent learning beyond class time, a range of multimedia resources are provided through the virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in class from peers and tutors during regular group discussions and presentations of work in progress. Formative assessment will take place at midway points during scheduled learning activities. This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment.
This will take place in week 7

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through submission of a portfolio of work in response to each coursework assignment. Portfolio submission
provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning across all learning outcomes for the module. The portfolio submission is due in week 14 and constitutes 100% of the overall summative module grade. The portfolio will present your account of the tasks you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of design practice, along with all required deliverable outputs specified in the coursework briefs.
Submissions will be assessed based on assessment criteria provided within the
coursework assignment briefs at the beginning of each project. These assessment criteria are mapped onto the learning outcomes for the module allowing you to clearly demonstrate evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes for the module (LOs1-5).This will take place in week 14

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 48
Face To Face Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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