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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ODES5214M Digital Design Trends

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Pinar Yelmi

Taught: 1 May to 30 Jun (2mth)(adv yr), 1 May to 30 June View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students are required to meet the programme entry requirements prior to studying the module.


ODES5110MDesign and Research
ODES5111MCreative Design Thinking
ODES5112MDesign in a Digital World

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will help students develop speculative thinking abilities related to a given brief and apply their speculative design practice. It will introduce design principles and theories of emerging technologies for a better understanding of digital design trends and application areas. Students will learn the basics of human-computer interaction and emerging technologies such as extended reality (VR, AR, MR), haptic/tangible interfaces, gesture-based interfaces, wearable technologies, conversational user experience, and internet of things. They will then explore innovative solutions in sample scenarios. This module builds on the teaching provided in the programme's foundation modules and should be undertaken following carousel one.


This module gives students the opportunity to:

1. Identify emerging technologies and evaluate them in trend analysis.
2. Learn design principles and theories on current digital design trends.
3. Explore innovative design and technology by developing solutions to a set brief.

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

1. Evaluate emerging digital design trends and technologies together with their core concepts and principles.
2. Critically speculate on the foreseen design challenges related to the given brief.
3. Apply the speculative design practice to ideate a digital design solution taking into consideration principles and theories associated with the design trends and technologies in use.


Indicative content for this module includes:

- Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
- Design principles and theories for technologies such as
a. Extended Reality (VR, AR, MR),
b. Haptic/Tangible Interfaces,
c. Gesture-based Interfaces,
d. Wearable Technologies,
e. Conversational User Experience,
f. Internet of Things.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning61.006.00
Discussion forum62.0012.00
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent online learning: 12 hours

Each online seminar is supported by learning materials such as video, journal papers, books, and websites. Students need to plan their own time to study these instructional and supporting materials independently before and after synchronised sessions.

To gain confidence to develop and articulate their own ideas, students will engage in private study (120 hours):
- Independent research: 40 hours
- Preparation and evaluation of assessed outcomes: 80 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Online learning materials will provide regular opportunity for students to check their understanding (for example through formative MCQs with automated feedback). Regular group activity embedded into learning will allow self and peer assessment providing opportunities for formative feedback from peers and tutor

The individual unit webinars and discussion forums provide opportunities for formative feedback from peers and tutors. Formative feedback will be given in the formal classes and asynchronous discussion forums each week to reflect a student’s progress on the assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCreative content100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assessment comprises creative contents about related emerging technology, in the form of blog, vlog or in any other creative way to present and explain ideas.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:57:08


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