Core Module Information
Module title: Materials for Inspirational Design 1

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

Module code: DES08127
Module leader: Trent Jennings
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

Through studio based activities you will explore the inspirational properties and characteristics of materials and manufacturing processes. You will explore limitations and opportunities and define material and structural specifications for innovative design outcomes. This will involve the appropriate selection of materials and processes against a criteria of quality performance. You will be introduced to standard industry terminology, and methods for visual communication of design specification using CAD (3D modelling)

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Explore how design objectives can be realised through differentiating between material performance data enabling optimised and rigorous selection.
LO2: Examine the merits of selecting materials to give the desired shape and performance utilising specific manufacturing processes against specified criteria.
LO3: Consider how material finishes enhance aesthetic and environmental performance.
LO4: Develop an insight into how material performance can be improved by post process actions.
LO5: Illustrate and describe design outcomes using 3D CAD modelling skills.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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:
Teaching and learning takes place predominantly in a creative studio environment. 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 a range of learning styles. You will undertake analytical exercises exploring properties of materials and processes (LO1) Exploring material properties and selctions criteria for design applications (LO2) Material selection in relation to desired shape and manufacturing process capability. (LO3) How material finish affects design outcome (LO4 ) How post processing can improve a materials performance (LO5) In response to design briefs, detailing and specification will be visualised with CAD modelling software.

A comprehensive understanding of materials and processes is necessary to achieve design outcomes within specific industry resources. Knowledge of CAD software is vital in achieving employment in design or related disciplines. Analysis, processing of complex data, visual communication and working with others are key transferable skills

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, (week 7).This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through submission of a portfolio of work in response to coursework assignments. 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). Portfolio submission represents 100% of the module grade. Summative assessment is 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
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 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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