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BSc Product Design

Programme code:BS-MECH/PDUCAS code:H795
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Alison McKay Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

A-level: AAA in an Art and Design related A-level such as Design, Design Technology or Art and Design is desirable but not essential. Where an A-level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-level at the stated grade. Excludes A-level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) or above or an appropriate English language qualification, plus a minimum grade B (6) in Mathematics and B-B (6-6) in Combined Science or equivalent. We will accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Mechanical Engineering

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Mechanical Engineering

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will develop knowledge and transferable skills in the combined areas of applied technology and design. Graduates will have knowledge, technical literacy, and personal skills such as creativity and team-working, essential to their future working success.

Two themes [artefact and design process] will be drawn together through a project core in which students will conceive, design and prototype physical products. Topics covered will include engineering science and technology, aesthetics, psychology, identification of customer needs and business management. The curriculum will focus on the skills and knowledge needed by design professionals and will be delivered in a learning environment that bridges the academic and professional worlds.

In addition to general Product Design subject material, each student will specialise in at least one topic (architectural and consumer products (including embedded systems), and design technology management) in Levels 3 and 4. These topics align with the research interests of the participating staff.

The Design Studio provides a tailored environment for the acquisition of skills relevant to industry and facilitates creative interactions between students and staff across work groups, academic years and departments. Project work undertaken within the studio will develop key transferable skills such as oral and visual communication, team working and research techniques. In addition, project work will provide a framework for the development of design specific skills and knowledge, such as Concept development, CAD and Rapid Prototyping. A synergistic approach to projects, drawing together streams of activity including: theory, practical study and research ensures a focussed environment for students to achieve learning outcomes.

Such an approach also provides a platform for students to build industry relevant portfolios illustrating the skills, knowledge and competencies they possess and providing them with the ability to competently present such work to peers, academics and professionals.

Interaction with a diverse range of tutors, including cross faculty module leaders, and industry professionals encourages students to reflect upon their approach to design work and supports the development of frameworks enabling them to critically appraise their response to projects. This process is formalised via the development of self-directed Personal Development Plans (PDPs) at level 3.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MECH1280Engineering Materials20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES1145Visualisation Techniques10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PDES1185Contextual Studies and Ergonomics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PDES1195Engineering Analysis for Product Designers20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES1365Basic Electronics for Product Design10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PDES1510Design Studio 140 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MECH2640Economics and Management20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2220Design Studio 240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2230Creativity in Professional Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2515Design for Manufacture for Product Designers20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES2525Advanced Electronics for Product Design20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

MECH3775Additive Manufacturing20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES3110Design Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PDES3175Mechanical Systems20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Students will be required to study a 20 credit discovery module at level 3

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:31:41


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