Core Module Information
Module title: Materials for Inspirational Design 2

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

Module code: DES08128
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 examine industrial case studies with regard to inspirational use of materials, manufacturing, structural integrity and use (ergonomics). You will explore and summarise the impact of the geography of procurement on carbon neutral design, sustainability and related ethical issues. Critical and cultural analysis will underpin innovative design activities and you will use CAD (3D modelling) to detail and explain design concepts

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop an insight into emerging material processes, and how they might be utilised to create innovative design solutions.
LO2: Discuss materials in the context of sustainable and carbon neutral design.
LO3: Consider how material supply, costs, and world events impact upon material selection.
LO4: Consider how materials are perceived through a cultural lens and how designer’s material choices affect the impact of products on the marketplace.
LO5: Illustrate and describe design outcomes using 3D CAD modelling skills.

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:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Teaching and learning takes place in a creative studio environment. A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self directed methods (independent learning and study) will be used to foster and underpin student engagement and academic progression, whilst sensitive to a range of learning styles. You perform a mixture of analytical and applied design activities. You will undertake analytical exercises with precedents in design innovation with new and emerging material technologies [LO1]. Integrate issues around sustainability and carbon footprint with design practice [LO2]. How material supply – costs and availability affect design and manufacturing [LO3]. How culture and context around material choice affects design outcome[LO4]. Illustrate, inform and present your design using CAD [LO5]

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
A sound understanding of materials within a world and cultural context is necessary to achieve relevant design outcomes. 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 Project Supervision 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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