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DESN2500 Eco-Design: Understanding Design's Role in Global Ecology

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Tang Tang

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On completion of this module, students will have an understanding of how designer’s decisions can influence the environmental impact of their practice. This module aims to broaden students’ understanding of eco-design history, strategies and current practice and encourage you to employ a systems-based approach to their future work.


This module is intended to provide students with an understanding of the role designers play in determining the ecological impacts of their practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the students should be able to:
- demonstrate a broad understanding of eco-design history and pioneers;
- appreciate the significance of design in global ecology;
- demonstrate a broad understanding of how eco-design strategies are employed by businesses to improve their
environmental performance.


This lecture-based module introduces students to the basic concepts of eco-design, acknowledging the differences between the topic and its close relations, design for environment and sustainable design. The module begins with a historical overview, exploring the social context in which the early pioneers of eco-design were situated, and the tensions between industrial practice and advocated strategies.

The impact of design on global ecology is discussed and the driving forces for the adoption of eco-design considered. The module ends with an investigation of the current status of eco-design and its role in supporting Twenty-first Century businesses.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

• Literature search and reading: 40 hours
• Plan preparation and development: 20 hours
• Report preparation and development: 40 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored through tutorial attendance and participation. Progress will also be monitored through the assessment of submitted essay plans.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2000 words90.00
Written Work500 word plan for report10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The plan will be graded on a pass/fail basis only and no opportunity to re-sit this interim element. The re-sit for the report will be a 2,000-word report.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/09/2019


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