2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
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 summaryThis 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.
ObjectivesThis 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.
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.
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)
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||388.00|
|Total Contact hours||12.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||400.00|
Private studyTo 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 FeedbackStudent 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 type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Paper, 4,500- 5,000 words||50.00|
|Portfolio||Creative portfolio and design output finalised at a professional level||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 09/05/2022
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