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PDES1510 Design Studio 1

40 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Omar Huerta
Email: O.I.HuertaCardoso@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Co-requisites

PDES1145Visualisation Techniques
PDES1185Contextual Studies and Ergonomics

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

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

1. Carry out basic design research activities and use it to inform design activities.
2. Formulate design requirements and use them to inform design evaluations.
3. Communicate conceptual design ideas by means of sketches using pencil, colour markers and/or other appropriate tools with elementary proficiency
4. Analyse a mass produced consumer product and identify its product structure (using exploded drawing and/or bill of materials) and key manufacturing processes for making different parts;
5. Design simple products using standard parts;
6. Operate image editing and vector graphics software packages (Adopbe Photoshop andf Illustrator) to perform basic tasks;
7. Operate a computer aided design (CAD) software package (Solidworks) to design products that include simple,lofted and splined surfaces, 2D and 3D features and assemblies
8. Produce 3D CAD models and renders for use in the communication of designs in portfolio presentations and for manufacturing processes including 3D printing
9. Build simple design protypes using carton, foam, other soft materials and 3D printed components
10. Produce simple project plans to facilitate the management of team tasks
11. Apply a range of appropriate research methods
12. Work effectively in small teams and a stage gated design and development process and comply with ethical requirements of the module.

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

1. Carry out basic design research activities and use it to inform design activities.
2. Formulate design requirements and use them to inform design evaluations.
3. Communicate conceptual design ideas by means of sketches using pencil, colour markers and/or other appropriate tools with elementary proficiency
4. Analyse a mass produced consumer product and identify its product structure (using exploded drawing and/or bill of materials) and key manufacturing processes for making different parts;
5. Design simple products using standard parts;
6. Operate image editing and vector graphics software packages (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) to perform basic tasks;
7. Operate a computer aided design (CAD) software package (Solidworks) to design products that include simple, lofted and splined surfaces, 2D and 3D features and assemblies
8. Produce 3D CAD models and renders for use in the communication of designs in portfolio presentations and for manufacturing processes including 3D printing
9. Build simple design protoypes using carton, foam, other soft materials and 3D printed components
10. Produce simple project plans to facilitate the management of team tasks
11. Apply a range of appropriate research methods
12. Work effectively in small teams and a stage gated design and development process and comply with ethical requirements of the module.


Syllabus

This module provides the project core through which level 1 Product Design students will draw together learning from a range of disciplines and apply it to design projects. In addition, students will develop skills that they will need to practice effectively in the design industry.
The module provides knowledge and skills needed for students to complete basic design projects and to create design prototypes to communicate their designs. The syllabus covers the following topics:

- basic skills in the use of professional design packages including image editing and vector graphics software packages (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and computer aided design (CAD) software package (Solidworks).
- basic model-making skills and their application to design prototyping.
- a stage gated design process which reflects current industry practice.
- experience of planning and delivering one 5 credit and one 10 credit design projects within such a process.
- integration of other module content into design project work.
- task management and basic project planning.
- identifying customer needs and defining design requirements.
- conducting a focus group.
- product architectures and design structures.
- concept selection and design evaluation.
- detail design and design for manufacture using manual processes, 2D computer driven processes and basic 3D printing.
- human centric design.
- human factors and ergonomics.
- product usability.
- Ethics theory and practice including lectures/seminars on ethical issues related to Product Design.



Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical23.006.00
Practical93.0027.00
Practical104.0040.00
Practical192.0038.00
Private study hours289.00
Total Contact hours111.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Developing practical design skills such as computer aided illustration and CAD
Completing coursework assignments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
Students will peer review other work using either Behance or via a wiki.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectConsumer Product Design Project15.00
ProjectSemester 1 Design Project15.00
ProjectDesign Prototyping Project15.00
ProjectSemester 2 Design Project28.00
ProjectDigital Design Communication and Prototyping27.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit Assignment in August

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/07/2022

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