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PDES2510 Creativity, Innovation and Shape Systems

20 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Dr Hau Hing Chau

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


PDES1510Design Studio 1

Module replaces

PDES 2180 and PDES 2190

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The objectives of this module are:

1. To expand creative capacity and to encourage the development of innovations using theoretically based exercises, and to apply these tools and techniques in a design challenge.
2. To undertake detailed background research and analysis on an innovative mass-produced product or a product category, and to propose and to communicate possibly future innovation.
3. To develop skills in freeform solid modelling using a CAD system.
4. To demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of manufacturing processes that are commonly used in consumer products, and to design products/parts that are suitable for specific processes.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. To identify and to utilise creative thinking skills in the design process.
2. To identify basic theories of creative thinking.
3. To apply the skills of creativity in the exploration of problems.
4. To develop visualisation skills as an aid to creativity.
5. To conduct background research on product innovation in the marketplace.
6. To analyse historical development of an innovation and identify its key enabling features.
7. To propose and to communicate possible future development of an innovation.
8. To use a CAD system to produce 3D solid model with freeform geometry.
9. To apply freeform modelling techniques to your own designs.
10. To demonstration an understanding of manufacturing processes by analysing exiting products/parts.
11. To produce detailed designs of products/parts that are suitable for specific manufacturing processes.
12. To communicate using sketches your own designs while ensuring manufacturability.


- Basic theories of creative thinking in the design process
- 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
- Production processes and factors which influence design decisions
- Introduction to detailing components in key manufacturing processes
- Solid Modelling; Extrude, revolve, loft, sweep, fillets, shelling and other solid construction techniques
- Visualisation; Shaded image and lighting; ray tracing and texture

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session20.501.00
Drop-in Session21.002.00
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours82.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for Innovation Challenge – 13 hours
- Assignment 2: 50 Things Posters – 37 hours
- Assignment 3: CAD Portfolio – 24 hours
- Assignment 4: Manufacturing processes logbook – 44 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
- Drop in sessions for Innovation Challenge
- Drop in sessions for 50 Things Posters
- Q&A during CAD practicals
- A quiz before each manufacturing processes workshop to ensure a basic understanding of the material from an asynchronous mini lecture.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentInnovation Challenge25.00
Poster50 Things20.00
AssignmentLogbook - Manufacturing Processes35.00
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: 30/06/2021 16:23:30


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