Core Module Information
Module title: Product Design Studio 2

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES08111
Module leader: Richard Firth
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography

Description of module content:

On this module you will both individually and in a team use brainstorming and research methods for the generation of design ideas and opportunities. Working with external partners you will use clear verbal and visual presentation to undertake visual/technical development and the synthesis of ideas for user centred design development in wider creative and socio-cultural contexts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Use of design research methods
LO2: Explore and develop innovation in teams
LO3: Analyse collected research data
LO4: Examine user feedback and market opportunities
LO5: Critically appraise innovation process through visual and verbal 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:
The module is designed to help you further explore design research (LO1) and development methods (LO2) through engagement with physical and virtual modelling and prototyping methods (LO3, 4). You will use materials and fabrication methods in the design workshop (LO4) and apply a user centred feedback for evaluation (LO5). Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster group engagement in a studio environment. We will also ask you to undertake peer reviews to develop your self reflective and critical skills.

Throughout the module projects and tasks are explained and put into context of how and why they are used in industry. In addition critical appraisal and reflection are also required at every assessment stage. You are asked to present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas which are core to the discipline of design.

You will undertake studio design projects requiring the submission of a design development folio including visual and contextual research data (LO1) sketch books and sketch models (LO2, 3), scale models and prototypes (LO4) used to collect and present user centred feedback (LO5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will precede the submission and/or presentation of completed design assignments. This may take the form of a one to one discussion with your tutor and /or in a larger year group discussion, which will give you a broader context to your feedback. If the project involves industry collaboration then feedback from our external partner will also be received. You will be asked to report on your directed study task either verbally, or visual through sketch books or digital platforms. The point of feedback is to be both critical and constructive to develop your confidence and allow practise of public speaking and voicing opinions. Formative feedback is continuous in the studio, Formative assessment is in week 7.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through the submission of a portfolio of work in response to each coursework assignments. Portfolio submission provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning across all learning outcomes for the module. 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. Summative assessment is due in week 14 and constitutes 100% of the overall summative module grade.

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
Independent Learning 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 LO1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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