Core Module Information
Module title: Design for Makerspaces

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

Module code: DES11145
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 design for makerspaces and redistributed (re)manufacture. With the convergence of digital fabrication and traditional making methods, it aims to develop your skills and knowledge in the use of materials and processes. You will explore and develop design outcomes for restorative economic modes and social-entrepreneurship. You will also explore the empowering potential of open access resources for locally and community focused production and repair. You will develop safe and sustainable practices for makerspaces.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically engage with design and digital making processes
LO2: Generate ideas and design proposals through makerspace prototyping processes
LO3: Critically explore entrepreneurial opportunities afforded by makerspaces and redistributed manufacture and fabrication
LO4: Critically exploit redistributed manufacture and fabrication for restorative economic modes
LO5: Critically reflect on making outcomes in relation to entrepreneurial contexts and sustainability

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: 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 design process (LOs 2, 3). You will materialise outcomes through typical maker-space resources (additive and reductive manufacture) (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 (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. For example, 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 5.

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 designing for maker-spaces. The portfolio will be a substantial body of work including documentation and reflection on maker-space and redistributed (re)manufacturing 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 maker-space fabricated outcomes. The portfolio must also demonstrate a clear ability to observe, critically explore and present opinions 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 Supervised time in studio/workshop 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
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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