Core Module Information
Module title: Product Design Studio 4

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES09115
Module leader: Richard Firth
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

On this module you will explore the relationship between design and international mass production processes and the limitations and opportunities these give to the design process. You will examine the economics and branding of international trade and manufacture and its affect on the local design and retail community. In this context, you will investigate the balances and trade-offs inherent in sustainable product design and manufacture.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1:Apply methods of precedent and critical interpretation in relation to contemporary
design practice, with an emphasis on speculative design and consumer desire
LO2:Design and present an informed, imaginative response to thoroughly researched self- originated briefs
LO3:Model and represent graphically, inventive, original design proposals for a given context
LO4:Initiate, develop, and control a design project
LO5:Initiate and compile a product brief to meet researched, identified and prioritised requirements
LO6:Critically appraise the design process through visual and verbal presentations, and
via group critiques.

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:
You will undertake a range of design projects. Learning & teaching methods will align to LOs 1,2,3,4,5, 6. 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. Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills will be part of this module delivery.

This module promotes the development of written communication skills (reflective evaluation), oral communication skills (presentation/ group debate) and problem based learning. Guest speakers offer opportunities for evaluating the application of skills in industry. 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. 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 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 assessment is in week 7. Formative feedback is continual throughout the module.

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. 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 on your finished outputs. The portfolio submission 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 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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