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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PDES1185 Contextual Studies and Ergonomics

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Ms Lisa-Dionne Morris
Email: L.D.Morris@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Co-requisites

PDES1510Design Studio 1

Module replaces

PDES 1180 Contextual StudiesPDES 1500 Ergonomics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module is closely aligned to aspects of design and technological awareness, and contemporary influences on design. The module reflects the importance given to developing students' abilities to recognise that design and technological activities are inextricably linked. In this module students will develop the skills associated with 'value judgements'. These skills are an essential part of the product design development process.

Objectives

The objective of the module is to develop students' learning through product analysis, in order that, students can learn how to develop and refine skills of:
- investigation
- research
- evaluation.

This will enable students to make informed decisions and draw upon considered views about design and technological developments.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module students should be able to:

a) recognise the role design and material culture plays in society over a given period
b) demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and theories related to design movements
c) demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and theories related to material culture
d) demonstrate knowledge of processes by which designs are produced, disseminated and received
e) research, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources
f) define key concepts from ergonomics, anthropometrics and user-centred design
g) conduct usability analyses using the 'Evaluation Systems' approach
h) use library resources to acquire published ergonomic and anthropometric data for use in user-centred design project work
i) apply ergonomic and anthropometric data in user-centred design analysis and synthesis in the context of a product development process
j) recognise how current user centred design research might impact future product design practice, for example, in designing for people with disabilities and aging populations.

Skills outcomes
Progression in this instance may be achieved through:

- the increasing range of complexities of material considered by the students when engaging in design development;
- the students' ability to identify a greater range of relevant aspects and perspectives, and to explore different design approaches, including the needs of the users;
- a development from discrete to a more analytical accounts of design practice;
- the extent to which students' research findings are purposefully incorporated into their own design and making activities.


Syllabus

Syllabus Content A
- Introduction to ergonomics, anthropometrics and user-centred design
- Design for People
- Usability analysis and the 'Evaluation Systems' approach
- Man-Machine: Ergonomic Case Study
- Gathering Ergonomic Data
- Human Factors and Anthropometrics
- Terminology for Ergonomics, Anthropometry (Static and dynamic Dimensions, Percentiles, Arrangement of Workspaces (Layout, Precision Working, Envelope Design, Safety at Work, Movement and Handling)
- People: Machine Systems (Information and Display, Symbols Design and Graphics, Lettering and Typographic, Products, Controls, Systems and Orientation.

Insights into User Centred Design innovation, user focus groups, human factors, user research will be provided, and students will gain experience of using ergonomic data in design project work.


Syllabus Content B
- The Rise of the Consumer
- Status & Consumption
- Referencing research
- Post Modern Culture
- Modernism
- Semiotics
- Customisation/Appropriation
- Mass Consumption
- Marketing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop15.005.00
Drop-in Session21.002.00
Directed Study52.0010.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Fieldwork220.0040.00
Lecture62.0012.00
Seminar28.0016.00
Tutorial41.004.00
Private study hours109.00
Total Contact hours91.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Directed learning activities on the VLE followed by four one hour tutorials.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' progress will be monitored in tutorials.
- In these sessions design portfolio work and drafts of reflective reports will be reviewed.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/01/2017

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