DN6016 - Major Project Realisation: Product Design (2018/19)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2018/19|
|Module title||Major Project Realisation: Product Design|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Art, Architecture and Design|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2018/19||No instances running in the year|
This Major Project module enables Product Design students to prepare for practice in the workplace or for higher studies. It is the opportunity to synthesise your specialist knowledge and skills and effectively communicate these. In this module, you will carry out the project conceived and developed in Project Design and Development, fully realising it in appropriate form by the end of the module.
You will exercise and display your abilities in selecting, analysing and applying knowledge, skills and understanding to a negotiated, creative and fully researched project in order to properly understand your strengths, interests and position in your field, and the potential for your future professional development.
You will show that you understand the complex and changing nature of problems in the professional discipline of Product Design and can devise and apply realistic, creative strategies for devising, constructing, applying and managing a process designed to provide solutions.
A professional standard of practical work, contextualisation and presentation will be expected, providing the elements for a portfolio of practice with which you may enter the field of employment or self-employment or further studies.
Prior learning requirements
Pass and Completion of Level 5
This module seeks to enable you to:
- Devise a fully holistic process to realise the outcomes of a Product Design research & development project
- Achieve outcomes of a professional standard of realisation and presentation
- Contextualise and present your outcomes to a professional standard, showing that you have understood and managed complex and ambitious tasks within the contemporary context of Product Design
- Work independently, self-reflectively and with concern for the ethical issues and principles attached to your project showing your understanding of your particular strengths, interests and position in Product Design, and your potential for further development
Through a negotiated and agreed individual project, you will gain experience of:
- Planning, recording, managing and conducting a process for the production and completion of a researched proposal
- Aligning skills and knowledge in various areas of expertise and endeavour – technical, intellectual, creative, organisational, critical and interpersonal – to the successful conclusion of an integrated project
- Liaison with industry figures in the pursuit of the project
- Professional expectations of styles and quality of presentation
- Critically assessing your own work against standards expected in your field
Learning and teaching
Projects will seek to enable a range of learning opportunities such as;
- Formative feedback from industry specialist staff
- Professional mentoring
- Self directed and managed study and practice
- Critique and creative feedback from peers
- Online forums to share progress and support
- Acquisition and deployment of higher level skills in practice
At the end of the module, you will be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
Transform and realise the outcomes of the Product Design research and development project into a holistic plan for the conduct of the project intended
Cognitive Intellectual Skills
Work independently, managing complex problems and tasks, critically analysing your own work and defending it, including in the context of ethical issues arising
Show your work in a fully contextualised way and to a professional standard, explaining or illustrating your position within the contemporary Product Design context, your strengths and interests and how you can continue to develop your professional capacity
Subject Specific Practical Skills
Carry out such a plan, achieving professional standards of project management and realisation/ presentation as appropriate and expected in the discipline of Product Design.
At regular critiques or tutorials, students are expected to produce a coherent account of their project progress, together with critical evaluation of successes and failures to date. Formative feedback will be given in response to the project plan. The final mark is given at the end of the module, following assessment of a comprehensive portfolio of all relevant developmental and presentation work and the final outcome itself.
All students are required to undertake formal interim presentations with evidence of continuous reflective journals responding to studio critique and tutorial guidance. Work presented will be subject to formal studio feedback from a panel of disciplinary specialists. This will inform final assessment marks and must be considered and acted upon by the student.
Work must be carefully organized and presented to indicate the development of work and the content clearly labeled. Students are required to attend timetabled studio and workshop sessions.
Boyle, G. (2003) Design Project Management, Ashgate Publishing.
Cooper, R. and Press, M (1994) The Design Agenda, Wiley.
Additional texts and other reference materials will be identified by studio tutors annually in support of the specific studio theme.