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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PDES2510 Creativity, Innovation and Shape Systems

20 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Mr Dan Trowsdale

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17


PDES1510Design Studio 1

Module replaces

PDES 2180 and PDES 2190

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. identify activities in the product life-cycle where (shape-based) computer tools could contribute
2. perform simple construction and visualisation tasks using a CAID system
3. describe how different production processes, affect design decision in component and product design
4. generate component designs for several production processes to a basic level
5. use at least one example of a CAID system in a design context
6. identify creative thinking skills in the design process
7. identify basic theories of creative thinking
8. apply the skills of creativity in the exploration of problems
9. explain design through the model of the Designing Triad
10. demonstrate how human factors affect design
11. develop drawing skills as an aid to creativity


- Solid Modelling; Extrude, revolve, loft, sweep, fillets, shelling and other solid construction techniques
- Visualisation; Shaded image and lighting; ray tracing and texture
- 2D Drawing from 3D CAD files
- Production processes and factors which influence design decisions
- Introduction to detailing components in 5 Key production techniques

- Basic theories of creative thinking in the design process
- Explanation of design through Designing Triad (user, designer, maker)
- Analysis of innovation and its value in design
- Opportunities to develop creativity in drawing and problem solving
- Introduction of the concept of evaluation in design

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours66.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Lecture preparation: 8 hours
- Completing coursework & reading assignments: 24 hours
- Revision for exam: 40 hours
- Assignment 1 preparation: 40 hours
- Assignment 2 preparation: 20 hours
- Assignment 3 preparation: 2 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1) 1,500 word Essay and Exhibition
2) Workshop tasks & logbook
3) Individual project
4) Workbook for CAID

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayWritten & visual 1,500 words20.00
Practical3D CAD Projectvand Exhibition25.00
Group ProjectLogbook, Team project25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

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: 08/02/2017


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