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DESN5158M Design Prototyping & Evaluation

40 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Jeanne-Louise Moys

Taught: 1 May to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module follows DESN5154. Students will continue to apply the knowledge, skills and creativity that they acquired during Semesters 1 and 2. Students will finish their specialist design project by completing the two last stages of the design process: 4) prototyping; 5) evaluation. The project will be developed at a professional level and applied in a real-life context (with suitable users) for evaluation.Students are also required to produce a paper that includes: Abstract; Background (including literature review and objectives); Method (including examples of test material); Results; Discussion (including interpretation of results and implications); References, etc.


This module gives students the opportunity to:
- Develop and complete a design project at a professional level and for immediate application to real-life contexts.
- Emphasise the importance of evaluating design outputs and assessing them in real situations with real and suitable users, in order to achieve the most effective user-centred design solutions.
- Educate students to become literate designers and well-rounded researchers.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to complete a higher-level design project incorporating appropriate technologies.
2. Show creative skills in the realisation of a design project, and accurately report the planning, execution and evaluation of the project.
3. Select and apply appropriate conceptual, practical and research tools and methods to support the project evaluation in real-life contexts with suitable users.
4. Show that the design solution was derived from logical analysis as well as creative thinking, and present it in a visually stimulating manner.

Skills outcomes
User-centred research and design


Week 1: Introduction to the module
Week 2: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 3: Prototyping, user testing and evaluation
Week 4: How to publish your work
Week 5: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 7: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 9: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)
Week 11: one-to-one tutorial (addressing specific student needs)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours388.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

To gain confidence to develop and articulate their own ideas, students will engage in private study.
• Literature search and reading: 88 hours
• Independent research and preparation: 150 hours
• Preparation and evaluation of assessed outcomes: 200 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through:
- Regular attendance to tutorials (absences dealt with through the normal School channels).
- Feedback given in every one-to-one tutorial.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportPaper, 4,500- 5,000 words50.00
PortfolioCreative portfolio and design output finalised at a professional level50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 09/05/2022


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