Core Module Information
Module title: Making as Thinking

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES11139
Module leader: Tom Flint
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module explores making as thinking, and aims to develop your practical and cognitive design skills with an understanding of materials and processes utilised in professional design and manufacture. You will explore making as a method of design research and 'knowing-by-doing'. This will include the playful exploration and exploitation of making processes that utilise both traditional hand-guided tools and digital fabrication hardware and software. The module introduces you to a variety of making practices used by professional 3D designers and researchers in ideation, improvisation and materialisation. Through this module, you will also develop an understanding of safe and sustainable workshop and manufacturing practices.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically engage with practice-based design research and exploration through making
LO2: Generate ideas and design proposals through virtual and physical prototyping processes
LO3: Challenge conventions in design, ideation and fabrication
LO4: Conceptualise and justify making outcomes using a range of prototyping and materialisation processes
LO5: Critically reflect on making outcomes in relation to current technological and socio-economic contexts

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: Malcolm Innes
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A programme focussed approach is taken to learning, teaching and assessment. This means that common methodologies are used across the modules that make up your programme. This will help you to master a range of self reflection and presentation skills that will be essential for future employment in design professions.

A variety of technical 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 data collection from design and technology precedents and practice-based (exploratory) research methods (LO 1) to inform your making process (LOs 2, 3). You will generate tangible outcomes through a process of making and modelling (LOs 2, 3, 4). The resultant outcomes will be collated for an informative visual critique and presentation (LOs 4, 5). You will reflect on your design project outcomes through a visual and verbal presentation that will demonstrate professional standards of presentation and critical reflection (LO 5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout the module in studio sessions from peers and tutors during regular group discussions and presentations. Formative assessment will take place informally at midway points during scheduled learning activities. You will present a critical reflection of work-in progress to your peer group and receive verbal feedback. This will help to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment. This will take place formally in week 6 (mid trimester).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through a single submission of a portfolio of work in week 14. This submission will constitute 100% of your 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 exploratory making. The portfolio will be a substantial body of work including documentation and reflection on making processes, and critical reflection on all creative activity. Portfolios will be assessed based on their overall demonstration of achievement of module learning outcomes. The portfolio as a whole must demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of key concepts in the module through exploration of key relationships between creative practice and the production of materialised outcomes. The portfolio must also demonstrate a clear ability to observe, critically explore and present opinions on these themes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 36
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
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 1-5 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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